India - Patna City Information

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Patna City Information

Earlier known as Patliputra, Patna is one of the most ancient cities of India.

It is situated on the banks of the holy river Ganga and is known for its magnificent past and the historical buildings.

It is the gateway to the Buddhist and Jain pilgrim centers of Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya and Pawapuri.

Places of Interest:

Golghar - The huge, beehive structured building was built to store grains, following a terrible famine in 1786.

Museum - The city museum has a collection of metal and stone sculptures of the Maurya and Gupta Periods, terracota figurines and archaeological finds from different sites in Bihar. It also has the Ashes of the Buddha, image of Yakshi, and a 16 mt long fossilized tree.

Har Mandir - A holy shrine of Sikhs, it is the second-most important Gurudwara in India. Built by Guru Gobind Singh, it has white marbles, with kiosks on the terraces.

Khuda Baksh Oriental Library - One of the national libraries of India, it has a rare collection of Persian and Arabic manuscript apart from hosting paintings of Rajput and Mughal periods. It also hasa very unique collection of one-inch wide Quran.

Martyrs Memorial - The memorial in front of the old secretariat shows seven young men facing the bullets and sacrificing their lives during the 1942 Quit India movement.

Hanuman Mandir - The temple has the favourite Deity of the Patnaite, Hanuman.

Qila House (Jalan House) - This houses an interesting museum famous for its jade collection, Chinese paintings and other far eastern work of art, Collected by Diwan Bahadur Radhakrishan Jalan.

Darbhanga House - Also called as Nav Lakha building which was built by Maharaja Sir Kameshwar Singh of Darbhanga, it houses the post graduate departments of Patna University and a Kali Mandir.

 

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