MYSTERY OF BIHAR SON BHANDAR OF RAJGRIHA The SON BHANDAR OF RAJGRIHA was the name of a couple of mysterious caves located in RAJGRIHA , a small town situated near PATNA , BIHAR . Many stories are attributed to these caves . Etymologically speaking , SON BHANDAR is comprised of two Hindi words like SON and BHANDAR . SON means gold and BHANDAR means godown/treasury . The word , thus , means the godown of gold . The stories behind these caves are mysterious . These two Rock-cut-caves adjacent to each other are located in the southern foot of VAIBHAR HILL . The British archeologist CUNNINGHAM inspected these caves and came to this conclusion that these caves were analogous to SHAPTSHARNI CAVES OF BARABAR , a place located previously in the district of GAYA ( NEAR KHIZIRSARAIA ) , but now located in the district of JEHANABAD of BIHAR . These caves were built by the inspiration of the JAIN saint VAIR for the JAIN ascetics as such . The local legends state that the western part of the cave is still full of gold . Some scholars are of the opinion that the treasure belonged to the legendary king of the ancient times JARASANDHA . But most of the scholars are of the view that the treasure of the cave belonged to the King BIMBISARA of RAJGRIHA . The story goes like this that when the king BIMBISARA was captivated by his son AJATSHATRU , his wife hid some of gold in this cave and later donated to the JAIN TIRTHANKARS . And on the wall of the cave is written in SHANKH scripts (undeciphered till now) supposedly some of the clues as to how to open the cave as such . It is said that it is the key to open the door of the mysterious cave full of gold . Whoever deciphers these scripts will be able to open the gates of SON BHANDAR and will be getting all the treasures hidden in this cave as such .
AGAMKUAN— A MYSTERIOUS WELL A mysterious well called AGAMKUAN exists in PATNA even today . A legendary well , an unfathomable well , a well of hell , are a few of the phrases with which AGAMKUAN is attributed to . It is said that the mysterious well was built by the MAURYAN EMPEROR ASHOKA between 304-232 BC . It is about 105 feet deep and its 43 feet upper circular part is built of bricks and the remaining 62 feet is built of wooden rings . In 1890 LAURENCE WADDELL , a British explorer , found out this well . He had written that the purpose of the well was to tortured the enemy during the period of KING ASHOKA .Before he was baptized to BUDDHISM , he was so cruel a Ruler that the Chinese travelers like Fa-HIAN in the fifth century and HIUEN-TSANG in the seventh century had written that during the time of ASHOKA , the mysterious well was used to torture the convicts by throwing them into the fire that was emanating from the well . ASHOKA’S ROCK-EDICT NO- VIII described the well called AGAMKUAN as ‘ fiery well ‘ or ‘ hell on earth ‘ . It is also said that ASHOKA had beheaded his ninety-nine step-brothers to get the throne of MAGADHA and their heads were thrown into that well . Legend further said that it was connected to the sea ( BAY OF BENGAL ) through the river the GANGAGES . It is also said that the JAIN MUNI SHUDARSHAN was when thrown into that mysterious well by the King CHAND , the former was seen floating on the surface of the well . It was the incident , people says , was one of the eye openers for ASHOKA that , he in the later years , turned towards BUDDHISM . AGAMKUAN was never short of water . It is also said that water of well can cure skin diseases instantly if one takes a bath from its water as such .
ASHOKA’S HELL ASHOHAVADANA , a book describing the life and rules of the King ASHOKA , has mentioned about a ‘ Torture Chamber ‘ duly constructed by the King ASHOKA in its palace . It was exclusively decorated with full of amenities like bathrooms , chamber decorated with flowers , sleeping bed , areas surrounded by orchards . A gaol meant for torturing the enemy of the state . This beautiful gaol was constructed in such a way that beneath the veneer of the Mansion existed sadistic and cruel instruments of torture including a furnace used for melting of metals and pouring the melted metal on the captivated person . It is said to be constructed on the basis of five torures of the BUDDHIST HELL . There is a concept of NARKAS ( EIGHT HOT HELL AND EIGHT COLD HELL ) in BUDDHISM . The official executor of the empire GIRIKA was selected from among the the most cruel persons of the empire as legend says that he had killed his parents simply because his parents had prohibited him to become an official executor of the empire of ASHOKA . There was a secret agreement between the King ASHOKA and the official executor of his empire GIRIKA that whoever would enter into the palace ( gaol ) , even by chance , even the King ASHOKA himself , would not come out alive .
ASHOHAVADANA described GIRIKA as CHANDAGIRIKA ( GIRIKA , THE CRUEL ) . As it has been written in the above paragraph of the blog that the torture chamber of ASHOKA was built on the basis of the philosophy of five torures of the concept of BUDDHIST HELL . BALAPANDITASUTTA , an other BUDDIST text , holds that the hell is a place if great suffering where people are tortured by the guardian of the hell with the five-fold tether — two iron stakes in their hands , two iron stakes in their feet and one iron iron stakes in their heart . And GIRIKA got this idea of how to torture the prisoners from there only . But an incidence was an eye opener , as ASHOHAVADANA described , that had changed the entire scenario . A BUDDHIST MONK called SAMUDRA , one day accidentally entered into the palace where there existed that torture chamber . When the executor of the chamber GIRIKA heard of this incident , he informed the MONK SAMUDRA that he should be ready for torture to death as such , as per the rule of the prison . But when he was brought to the torture chamber and was put to torture in a cauldron full of boiling water he was found floating on the cauldron boiling water in a lotus posture . Thus , such torture proved ineffective on MONK SAMUDRA . The news went to the King ASHOKA . When he heard the news , he himself went to the torture chamber and saw the MONK SAMUDRA was floating on the boiling water of the cauldron without any pain as such with his illuminating face . He was the witness of how MONK SAMUDRA’S levitating in the air with half of his body on fire and the rest of the half raining water . The MONK SAMUDRA chided the King ASHOKA for the creation of such a dreadful torture chamber for the prisoners in his palace . As a penance , he instructed ASHOKA to build 84000 STUPA* in all over INDIA as per LORD BUDDHA’S prophecy and got assurance from the King for the guarantee of security of all beings living in his empire. ASHOKA accepted his fault and all the instructions of the MONK SAMUDRA . Before accepting BUDDHISM , he called GIRIKA and asked a simple question to him as to who saw the MONK’S miracle first time entering into the torture chamber . GIRIKA confessed , he entered the torture chamber first and saw this miracle of the MONK SAMUDRA . The King ASHOKA ordered GIRIKA be burnt alive and the torture chamber be demolished forth with . And in this way CHANDALA ASHOKA became a PRIYADARSHIN ASHOKA .
*STUPA— A DOME-SHAPED STRUCTURE ERACTED AS BUDDHIST SHRINES.