The long lost heritage of Buddhism can now be explored in Hazaribagh.
According to Buddhist beliefs, Lord Buddha himself travelled on the way to
enlightenment through the confluence of River Phalgu in Gaya region which is
present day Hazaribagh.
Towards the north of Hazaribagh is Itkhori where the archaeological
remnants of Buddhist heritage were explored. The variety of Buddhist relics
can be explored in the area. Detailed and marvelously sculpted statues of
104 Bodhisattvas and four statues of Buddha from 200 BC can be seen as a
part of Buddhist heritage. Moving a kilometer east from Itkhori, one can
explore through a Buddhist sanctuary with sculpted monuments.
Chatra is also known for the recently excavated Buddhist relics.
The coal capital, Dhanbad in Jharkhand also yielded relics of Buddhist
statues along with an ancient pillar belonging to Ashokan times.