(Last Updated on : 18-08-2012)
The monuments of Jharkhand reflect the rich history and the grand architecture of the state. A number of these are preserved as heritage monuments and are recognised throughout the world. These monuments belong to the dynasties that reigned over the province over a long period of time. Hence the visitors would come across Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and British monuments. The major ancient buildings in Jharkhand are Maithon-Dam, Tilaiya-Dam, Kauleshwari Devi Temple, Bhadrakali Temple and Royal Mosque of Chatra.
Each monument of Jharkhand reiterates a separate history of intrigue, romance and mystery. Earlier this province was a part of Bihar state and was a tributary to Magadha and Kalinga in the ancient period which was passed to the hands of the ruler of Orissa, Raja Jai Singh Deo in the 13th century. Later Jharkhand became a part of the British Empire. Monuments belonging to these exist even today in the form of forts, palaces, memorials and religious shrines. Moreover the significant role of the royal patronage in constructing the monuments of Jharkhand is undeniable too.
The ancient monuments speak about the royal grandeur and lavishness of the past. Many foreign rulers have also invaded this province and constructed numerous buildings in their typical architectural style. Most of their constructions still exist and are considered as heritage monuments declared by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Most of the monuments of Jharkhand belong from the period of 10th century BC, rich in architectural style. All such monuments are well maintained by Archeological survey of India.