Buddhist Stupa At Agroha

ag1Location : Village Agroha, Tehsil-Adampur, District Hissar
Situation : Situated on the National Highway No. 10, 22km. from Hissar towards Fatehabad
Under the Protection of : Archaeological Survey of India
Period : Circa 4th Century BC to 14th Century AD

Historical Description : The city of Agroha was situated on the ancient trade route between Taxila and Mathura. And, therefore, it remained an important center of commerce and political activities till a new township of Hisar-e-Firoza (Hissar) of Firoz Shah Tughluq came into existence. A hoard of 4 Indo Greek, one punch marked coins and fifty one coins of Agodaka were found from the site. The discovery of the coins of Agreya Janpada (Republic) during excavations and its ancient name Agodaka in Literature are sufficient to prove its being the headquarters of republic. This site was excavated by C. J. Rodgers in 1888-89 and re-excavated by H. L Srivastava in 1938-39 of Archaeological at survey of India to a depth of about 3.65m. This site was further excavated by Shri P.K. Sharan and Shri J.S. Khatri of the Department of Archaeology & Museums, Government of Haryana in 1978-84.

Archaeological excavation of this site revealed a fortified township and continuous habitation from 4th century BC to 14th century A.D. and the antiquities of these bygone periods. Apart from the residential and community houses, made of baked bricks, the remains of a Buddhist stupa and a Hindu temple existing side by side indicated co-existence and respect of communal harmony.

Present Situation :
i) The ancient site of stupa does not have complete security fencing for the historical monuments.
ii) There is no security check for the tress passers.
iii) Bushes and unwanted huge grass are growing casually around the site.
iv) The monuments are disgraced by the illicit slogans written by the visitors.
v) No proper security system is available on the site. Generally the children from villages play around this site.
vi) No proper renovation work has been done for preservation of the site.
vii) Antiquities are collected and pilfered from the site even now.

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