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Swarna Bhandar

Swarna Bhandar, literally meaning the 'store of gold', is a landmark of Rajgir in Bihar. It is believed to have been the treasury of King Bimbisara.

Swarna Bhandar consists of two cave chambers, which are cut out of a single rock. The first chamber is believed to have been the guard room. The rear wall of this chamber, with two straight vertical lines and one horizontal line, is supposed to be the doorway to the treasury. It carries some illegible inscriptions in Sankhalipi (shell script), which are considered the clue to open the doorway.

The traces of seated and standing guards can be found in outer walls of second chamber. According to folklore, the treasure is still undamaged.

Updated on 4th April, 2015
District: Nalanda
Location: Rajgir    


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