There is much more to Bihar than its unique dialect and the famous politician Lalu Prasad Yadav. It is 13th largest state by area and the 3rd largest by population. It holds significance because of its ancient monuments and tourist attractions. Besides being a Buddhist circuit, Bihar has many things worth knowing. Here are some interesting facts about Bihar:
1. An Abode of Peace!
The word ‘Bihar’ is originally derived from the Sanskrit and Pali word ‘Vihara’ meaning abode. During the ancient and medieval times, Buddhist monks inhabited most of the regions surrounding the state. Hence, the name of the State was used to denote the home or the abode of the Buddhist monks residing here.
2. Say No to Violence!
The idea of non-violence originated from Bihar around 2600 years ago. The Great, Lord Buddha and Lord Mahavir were propagators of this enchanting thought.
3. Birthplace of Two Religions!
Bihar is also the origin of the biggest two religions in the world, namely Buddhism and Jainism. It was from here that Buddhism was spread in different parts of the world.
4. World’s Oldest University!
The world-famous Nalanda University is located in the capital city of Patna. It is one of the oldest universities in the world and was known as a storehouse of knowledge during the ancient days. It attracts students from different parts of the world including Iran, Japan, Greece, China, and Korea. It was said that the Nalanda library was set on fire by the army of BakhtiyarKhilji. The library was believed to hold 9 million manuscripts which took it 3 full months to burn down into ashes.
5. The Oldest Hindu Temple!
The Mundeshwari temple in Bihar is known as the oldest Hindu temple in India. The temple is dedicated to both Lord Shiva and his wife, Shakti. However, the four-headed idol of Shiv is always surrounded by lots of crowds coupled with sounds of bells clanking in the environment.
6. Home to a Mathematics Genius!
Aryabhatta who gave zero number to the world, the nine planets theory, and trigonometric rules was from Bihar.
7. A Place that taught Sex to the World!
Vatsayana a great philosopher and author of the famous book ‘Kamasutra’ was from Bihar as well. No wonder it is a perfect blend of literature and science.
8. Father of the Nation!
The first Prime Minister of Mauritius, Seewoosagur Ramgoolam hailed from Bihar. He also served as the chief minister and the governor general of the country. He is widely known as the “Father of the Nation.” We bet you didn’t know this one!
9. A Holy Place of Sikhs!
Bihar is the birthplace of the tenth Guru that is Guru Gobind Singh, and the holy place of Sikhs is Harmandir Takht (Takht Sri Patna Sahib), which is in Patna.
10. The Backbone of Indian Politics!
You can’t think of Indian politics without Bihar. India’s first president Dr. Rajendra Prasad belonged to Bihar. Bihar is also the land of prominent political figures like- Jai Prakash Narayan, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar, etc.
11. The IAS Churner Factory!
Bihar has given India a lot of IAS officers. It has been regarded as the second most important state that has produced many numbers of IAS officers. In fact, the state of Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu combined, haven’t produced as many IAS officers as Bihar.
12. First Republic
Bihar’s Vaishali district is considered the first republic in the world. It became a republic by the 6th century BC. Vaishali is also the birthplace of Lord Mahavir.
13. A Centre for Tourism!
The tomb of the Mughal emperor Sher Shah Suri and the Maner Sharif have magnificent architecture. Tourists also come in large numbers to the Mahabodhi temple and Bodh Gaya.
14. Bihari Cuisines!
The mouth-watering and delicious Litti-Chokha, Bihari Kebab, Thekua, Khaja are enough to make you a fan of Bihari cuisine.
15. A Center of Trade and Economy!
During the Vedic period, Bihar was the center of trade and economy. Whereas, Magadha, Vaishali, Mithila, Anga, Sakyapradesh, Vijji, Janaka were considered as important kingdoms.
16. Asia’s Largest Cattle Fair!
Coinciding with the post-harvest season for paddy, the Sonepur fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia. The central draw of the fair is cattle trade while imposing Indian elephants are the prime attraction.
17. An iconic symbol of Bihar Culture!
Chhath Puja is an important festival celebrated in Bihar since ancient Vedic times. The festival is devoted to Lord Surya (Sun) and ChhathiMaiya.
18. Home to the Greatest Emperors!
Famous Indian emperors Chandragupta Maurya, Samudragupta, Vikramaditya, and Ashoka the Great were from Bihar.
19. World’s Longest Free Wi-Fi Range!
In 2014, the longest free Wi-Fi range in the world was launched in Patna by the Government of Bihar. It spans over whopping 20 km.
20. Hosted the First Buddhist Council!
Rajgir, ‘the royal palace,’ a city and a notified area in Nalanda district in Bihar, was the venue for the first Buddhist Council.
21. Where the Buddha delivered most of his sermons!
The hill of Gridhrakuta in Rajgir is perhaps the most important place related to the life of Buddha, as this is where the Buddha delivered most of his sermons.
22. The Springboard for India’s independence!
Motihari in the East Champaran district of Bihar was perhaps the first laboratory of the Gandhian experiment in Satyagraha, and it would be apt to say that it has been the springboard for India’s independence.
23. India’s Highest Stupa!
Kesaria Stupa, a lofty brick mound capped by a solid brick tower of considerable size, situated in the Champaran (east) district of Bihar, is the highest Stupa found in the country with a height of about 104” from the base.
24. Home to India’s Most Celebrated Mathematician!
Best known for his Super 30 program, Anand Kumar is a mathematics genius from Patna in Bihar. His Super 30 program prepares economically backward students for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University has invited him to speak on his noble efforts. Even the Discovery Channel has showcased his work in a documentary.
25. India’s Most Successful Cricket Captain is from Bihar!
India’s is a country where Cricket is no less than a religion, and the name MS Dhoni is one of the most celebrated chapters of this religion. MS Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar (now, in Jharkhand) and is considered India’s most successful Cricket Captain; so far.
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3. PM to inaugurate and lay foundation stone of seven projects related to urban infrastructure in Bihar on 15 September Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of seven projects related to urban infrastructure in Bihar on 15 September via video conferencing. Out of these, four projects are related to water supply, two to sewerage treatment and one to riverfront development. The total cost of these projects is Rs 541 crore. The implementation of these projects has been undertaken by BUIDCO under Urban Development and Housing Department of Bihar. Chief Minister of Bihar will also be pr
4. Ambika Bhawani, Chhapra Bihar Ambika Bhawani, Chhapra BiharAmbika Bhawani
The place is situated about 37 km east of Chhapra and 4 km west of Dighwara. In Ami, there is an old temple known as Amba asthan. Near the temple there is a garden and a deep and broad well in which water remains all over the year and it never dries up. The believer from far off come to pay oblation in the est
5. Agam Kuan Shitala Devi temple, Patna Bihar Agam Kuan, Patna Bihar
Agam Kuan is 105' deep, circular in plan, with a diameter extending over 20'2". The well is brick-encased in the upper half of its depth (down to 44') and thereafter, secured by a series of wooden rings. The surface structure, which now covers the well and forms its most distinctive feature, has eight arched windows.
During the 1890s, the British explorer, Laurence Waddell, while exploring the ruins of Patliputra, identified Aga
6. Ramchaura, Hajipur, Vaishali Bihar Ramchaura, Hajipur, Vaishali
Ramchura is situated in Hajipur town in Vaishali district of Bihar. In ancient times Hajipur was known as Ukkacala . The Buddha is known to have taught only one discourse in at this place, the Cula Goplalaka Sutta, which you can find in The Middle Length Discourses. However Hajipur is also of interest because a portion of Ananda's ashes were enshrined in the town.
8. PM lays foundation stone for National Highway projects worth about Rs 14000 crore in Bihar Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for nine National Highway Projects worth Rs 14000 crore in Bihar and launched the project to provide internet services through Optical Fibre in the state today through video conferencing.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said these highway projects would improve the connectivity in Bihar. The highway projects include construction of 3 large bridges, upgrading of highways into 4 lanes and 6 lanes.He said all rivers in Bihar
9. Tourist Places in Muzaffarpur, Bihar Tourist Places in Muzaffarpur, Bihar
AShok Pillar At Kolhua
Location : Lat. 260 00’ 51” N ; Long. 870 06’ 32” E
District : Muzaffarpur
State : Bihar
Excavation years : 1989-1990, 1992-93, 2010-11
Kolhua is situated about 65 kms north-west of Patna in Muzaffarpur district, where Mauryan emperor Ashoka, ‘the great’ had erected monolithic, polished sandstone pillar, consisting of a
10. Union Power Minister inaugurates projects worth Rs 6.99 Crore in Barhara (Bhojpur District), Bihar Shri. R K Singh, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power & New and Renewable Energy inaugurated CSR projects undertaken by REC Ltd. (Formerly Rural Electrification Corporation) worth Rupees 6.99 Crore, in Barhara (Bhojpur District), Bihar, through video conferencing yesterday. There were a total of 77 schemes, which included 36 schemes for construction of P.C.C. roads, 23 schemes for installation of LED/ Solar and high mast lights, Construction of 3 Chat ghaat, Construction of 3 community hall &am
16. PM to dedicate to the nation three key projects related to the Petroleum sector in Bihar on 13th September Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation three key projects related to the Petroleum sector in Bihar on 13th September, via video conferencing. The projects include the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project and two LPG Bottling Plants. They have been commissioned by IndianOil and HPCL, PSUs under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Chief Minister of Bihar will also be present on the occasion.
17. Bihar BEd CET 2020 result expected to be declared today @ bihar-cetbed-lnmu.in The Bihar BEd CET 2020 examination was conducted on September 22 in which more than one lakh students appeared.
Bihar B.Ed. CET 2020 Result
PATNA: The Bihar B.Ed. Common Entrance Test (CET) Result 2020 is likely to be released today on the official website of the exam - bihar-cetbed-lnmu.in. This year, the Bihar BEd CET
18. Tourist Place in West Champaran, Bihar Tourist Place in West Champaran, Bihar
VALMIKINAGAR: – Formally known as BHAINSA LOTAN, it is a famous tourist spot where a dam is built on the river Gandak (Gandak Project). This dam and its channels are the lifeline of north-western part of Bihar. This channel also irrigates some portions of eastern U.P. This dam is also generating hydro-electricity. This dam has been handed over to the nation by late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru the then Prime Minister. F
19. Tourist Place in Araria, Bihar Raniganj Vriksh Vatika
‘Raniganj Vriksh Vatika’ is located 30 km west of Araria District Headquarters of Bihar State. It is situated at a distance of 25 km from the east side of S.H. 77, which is 310 km north-east of Patna and forbesganj four-lane (NH 57) to South Kursela.
This site is the forest land notified by the Bihar government. The ‘Raniganj Vriksh Vatika’ area was formerly known as Hasanpur Balu Dhima. This area spread over 289 acres has been developed a
20. List of constituencies of the Bihar Legislative Assembly Bihar Legislative Assembly came into existence in 1937. The Assembly had a strength of 155 members. According to the provisions of the Constitution of India, the first General Elections in the state were held in 1952. The total strength of membership in the As
21. Punpun, Patna Bihar Punpun is a village in Patna District in the state of Bihar, India. It is 15 km south of Patna. The name Punpun comes from the river Punpun, a tributary of river Ganga, on whose bank the village has flourished.
It is having religious significance as well as it can be found from garur puraan which reads as :
" Kittessu gaya punya punayam rajgriyaham vanam!
visayascharanaha punyo nadi naayaz punaah pun !!
23. Ugana Mahadev Madhubani, Bihar Ugana Mahadev Madhubani, Bihar
Bhavani is situated in the village, 3 kms from Pandaul railway station. It is said that Lord Shiva became so influenced by the devotion of Vidyapati that he used to live with Vidyapati as a servant. According to the story of Lokmanas, Lord Shiva turned his disguise into a foolish bast and came to the Vidyapati and began to serve. While working here, he became a professor of Vidyapati. Vidyapati went wherever they went and took the gourd with them. Grow too yes w
25. Gautam Sthan , Revelganj, Chappra Bihar Gautam Sthan , Revelganj,Chappra :
The Ashram of Gautam Rishi is situated 10-12 km west of Chapra on NH19 in Godnah/Revelganj situated on the northern bank of River Ghagra also called as Saru River. Earlier
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