Bharatpura, Patna

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Bharatpura village in the Paliganj sub-division is a sleepy hamlet, about 50 km away from Patna. It houses G N Public Library that possesses more than 5,000 rare manuscripts in Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian. Bharatpura is named after its ruler Raja Bharat Singh who was the founder of Bharatpura Gadh. His descendants, came to be known as the Dhari Family. Some of them also migrated to nearby places like Dharhara. In the years to come they ruled the area during the Mughal period and later become the Zamindars in the British period. Post independence in 1947 the Zagir and Zamindari was seized by the government and large part of the family got settled in Patna.

Dozens of coins, including the gold-mix coins belonging to the mughal period,were recently discovered here. They, in effect, prove beyond doubt that the whole region had a vibrant medieval culture.

In the last six years, 1,314 such coins have been recovered from this site alone. This region needs a thorough exploration in order to ascertain the archaeological importance of this site, feel experts. Secretary of the Gopal Narain Public Library, Dhrupad N Singh said that on July 17, when some labourers were digging the field located adjacent to the boundary wall of the library on the southern corner, they suddenly found a copper pot containing 40 coins of the medieval period. While the copper coins belong to the slave and tughlaq dynasties, the gold-mix coins belong to periods of Babur and Akbar. Sensing the historical significance of these coins, singh gave them to director of the K P jayaswal research institute (kpjri) Bijay Kumar Chaudhary for examining them so as to ascertain their importance. following a preliminary examination, chaudhary said that the coins were of great archaeological importance. "some of them are rare ones," he added.

The surroundings of this library are dotted with mounds of archaeological importance. This library is also located on one of them. Way back in 1995, the then director, state archaeology, Prakash Charan Prasad had discovered at least 100 punch-marked coins on the library premises. Again, in 1996, hundreds of copper and silver coins were discovered. The former assistant director of state archives, S A Kazmi had examined these coins, which belonged to the sher shah and Aurangzeb periods. At least 200 coins were discovered from this site about a year-and-a-half ago. The then district magistrate of patna had got them examined by some experts in order to ascertain their date and importance.