Orajhar (Odajhar) Sanrakshit Asthal (Protected Area)
South east of Sravasti, on Balrampur-Bahriach road, about 1.2 km from Rahi Yatri Niwas towards Balrampur in Sravasti District of U.P., India
Throughout the yearHow to reach
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Cunningham discovered the traces of buildings on the Odajha (Orajhar) located on the south-eastern side of the Sahet-Mahet on the road leading to Balrampur (SH-26). This excavated site is situated on the left bank of Khajua stream, a tributary of river Rapti. This name Odajhar is said to mean ‘Basket shaking’ or place where the labourers clean their baskets while returning to their home in evening. Odajhar site (mound) may be identified with the celebrated Purvarama or Eastern Monastery built by Vishakha as seen by Fa-Hein. Excavation has revealed threefold cultural sequence starting from Kushana Period (1st Century AD) followed by Gupta & Medieval Period. Two mounds having circular brick structure Penahiajhar (16.20mts diameter) & Kharahuwanjhar (three concentric wall structures with 31.5mts diameter) are also located near Orajhar & south of the southern city wall and were excavated by Archaeological survey of India.