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जय देव-देव दयानिधे जय दीन बन्धु कृपानिधे।
कर्मेश जय धर्मेश तव शरणागतम् शरणागतम्।।
जय चित्रअवतारी प्रभो जय लेखनीधारी विभो।।
जय श्याम तन चित्रेश तव शरणागतम् शरणागतम्।।
पुरुशादि भगवत अंश जय कायस्थकुल अवतंश जय।
जय शक्ति बुद्धि विशेष तव शरणागतम् शरणागतम्।।
जय विज्ञ क्षत्रिय धर्म के ज्ञाता शुभाशुभ कर्म के।
जय शान्तिमय न्यायेश तव शरणागतम् शरणागतम्।।
तव नाथ नाम प्रताप से छुट जाय भव त्रय ताप से।
हो दूर सर्व क्लेश तव शरणागतम् शरणागतम्।।
यह दीन अनुरागी हरी चाहे दया दृश्टि तेरी।
कीजै कृपा करुणेश तव शरणागतम् शरणागतम्।।
जय चित्रगुप्त यमेश तव शरणागतम् शरणागतम्।
जय पूज्य पद पद्मेश तव शरणागतम् शरणागतम्।।
जय देव-देव दयानिधे जय दीन बन्धु कृपानिधे।
कर्मेश जय धर्मेश तव शरणागतम् शरणागतम्।।

 

A temple that has stood witness through many centuries to Patna’s evolution as the capital city of India’s Bihar province, is poised to relive its erstwhile glory. Dedicated to Lord Chitragupta, the Hindu God who records all actions of human beings, the shrine is located on the southern bank of the holy Ganga river in the Diwan Mohalla locality of the old Patna city. It was originally constructed by Mudrarakshasha, the Prime Minister of Magadh empire ruler Mahapadmananda (364-326 B.C.), who later served Chandragupta Maurya in the same capacity. The aura of the Shri Chitragupta Adi Mandir acquired a timeless quality when Raja Todarmal, celebrated Revenue and Treasury Minister and one of the navratnas (nine jewels) of Mughal Emperor Akbar (1556 AD-1605 AD), installed a black basalt idol of Lord Chitragupta ...

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The Shri Chitragupta Adi Mandir Management Committee, under able leadership of its President — leading businessman and social worker Ravindra Kishore Sinha —, has drawn up an elaborate plan to develop the temple complex as a modern structure built upon its historic moorings.

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The Shri Chitragupta Adi Mandir, the seat of the black basalt statue, is a fine example of Indian temple architecture. Its dome rests on 16 columns, arranged in rows of four. From the dome rises a four-walled projection that takes a pyramidical shape at the top. The garbhgriha, literally the womb of the idol, is surrounded by a pathway meant to facilitate its circumvention by the devotees.

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Mudrarakshasha, who is credited with the establishment of the original Chitragupta temple at the same place, in the 4th century BC, presents probably the only example in history wherein the Prime Minister of a defeated King — Mahapadmananda of the Nanda dynasty — was reappointed to the same high office by the victorious king, Chandragupta Maurya. He did so under instructions from his mentor and guru Kautilya, better known as Chanakya. Mudrarakshasha remained Prime Minister of the Maurya Dynasty (326-293 B.C) for 27 years, till his death at the age of 88. Kayashtas of Bihar claim their lineage to him. Kayashtas have, since, acquired prime administration and treasury management positions in many subsequent rules.

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