ISSN: (Online) 2321 -4155
ISSN: (Print) 2320 -7000

VOLUME : 4, ISSUE : 1, January-December, 2016 (ISSN No. : 2321-4155)
Recent Archaeological Finds at Krimila: Their Implications on the Historiography of Early Medieval Indian History
Mr.Anil Kumar*
Krimila Adhisthana, an early medieval religious-cum-administrative centre of eastern India is located in the area around Lakhisarai, a modern town and districts headquarter of Bihar. Valgudar (a village 3km north from the modern district headquarter of Lakhisarai) was the centre of Krimila Vishya. Mention of Krimila Vishya also occurs in various Gupta and post- Gupta inscriptions. Krimila was a prosperous medieval city lying between two major monastic universities- Nalanda and Vikramashila. The present paper reports two important recent finds from this area. In a recent course of exploration in area east of river Kiul (Krimikal), a hill which is located between the two modern villages, Bicchwe (Long. 25.165837) and Shringarpur has been identified for archaeological excavation. Height of the hill from the surface is approximately 125 meters, over which twenty seven cells made of post -Gupta bricks were discovered. These cells are of various size, 14/9’, 12/8’, 11/9’, 8/6’ and 6/4’. Along with these cells, 90 meter long and 30” thick brick wall running east to west is visible. Scientific clearance and proper excavations of this place by competent archaeologists may yield existence of several similar chambers (Cells), which appears as remain of a big Buddhist Vihara.
Buddhist iconography, Falgu, Ganga, Kimilasutta, Krimila, Nalanda, Pala.