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Patan Devi

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Some, however, doubt whether the name Patna has been derived from the temples.

According to them the name is derived from patan which means a town and Patna was a big place of export and import. In the temple of Bari Patan Devi the three small images of the three goddesses viz., Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and MahaSaraswati arethe legendary three presiding guardian deities who protected Putraka, the founder of Pataliputra, as is mentioned inKathasarit Sagar. In a tank near the temple was found a peculiar stone image. It has been kept in a niche in the eastern verandah of the temple and is now worshipped as a goddess.

The temple of Bari Patan Devi faces to the north. At the entrance of the temple there is a portico of about 1, 5' x 15'. After that there is a room of about 8' x 8' for goddesses namely, Mahakali (12"), Maha. Lakshmi (6"), Maha Saraswati (12") and Bhairav (3"). They are in a standing pose on a simhasan, which is about 4 square, the height being about 7 feet. All the statues are of black stone.

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