Adi Gaya, Dhautpada, and Mundaprshtha devi (site 3)
Adi-gaya is supposed to be the oldest place in Gaya. It has a stone upon which pinda-dana is performed. Dhautapada seems like an early modern construction. Mundaprishtha has early medieval sculptures.
Southwest of Vishnupad Temple over top of adjoining hill
On top of adjoining hill
Adi Gaya: Under someone's control, but appears abandoned. Dhautpada: appears abandoned. Mundaprishtha: active worship.
Mundapristha is under control of a female pujari which is interesting.
Adi-Gaya: Yellow plastered brick courtyard, divided into several spaces on different levels, to the east of shikhara temple with a two-story single chamber design. There is an open square immediately in front of temple. In front of courtyard, to the east, is a small mandapa with six pillars five feet high, two with carvings. -- Dhautpada: Square-roofed platform with natural stone emerging from the floor, with a roof of stone sheets and steel beams. -- Mundaprishtha: Single chamber with open rectangular courtyard, south of which was an open space for pilgrims to perform their pinda-dana and stay.
Through settlement to the southwest of Vishnupad Temple
All three need conservation, especially Adi-Gaya.
Adi-Gaya and Mundaprstha devi were well-protected. Dhaut-pada unprotected.
Key to Adi-Gaya was with family living next door. Dhaut-pada shows no signs of ownership. Mundaprishta under control of pujari, Manju Tiwari.
Adi-Gaya is dilapidated. Dhaut-pada is in good shape but appears to be unmaintained. Mundaprstha devi is well protected