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The forgotten Jain heritage of Pakbirra and Purulia

Since ancient ages, the Purulia district of West Bengal has been bestowed with the fortune of being extremely rich in heritage and culture.As mentioned in one of my previous blogs as well, the “Acharang Sutra”, states that Lord Mahavir visited a region known as Radh Pradesh shortly after Diksha, where he had to face numerous calamities. Also, in the “Bhagwati Sutra” it has been stated that Lord Mahavirspent many ‘Chaturmas’ in Panit Bhoomi, which is a portion of Radh Pradesh. As per Encyclopedia Britannica, thr geographical & historical indicators state that Radh Pradesh is a toponym for an area in the Indian subcontinent that lies between the Chota Nagpur Plateau on the West and the Ganges Delta on the East. Although the boundaries of the region have been defined differently according to various sources throughout history, today it is mainly coextensive with the state of West Bengal also comprising some portions of the state of Jharkhand and Bihar in India.

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