Bhagalpur Travel Guide

 

 

Places to visit

* Ajgaivinath Temple (at Sultanganj or Jahangira)
* Jain Temple (Champanagar)
* Mehershi mehi aashram , Kuppa Ghat (Bank of the Ganga river)
* Karnagarh (Nathnagar)-Area known be the place of Karna(of Mahabharata) Palace.
* The Shiva Temple at Budhanath
* Rabindra Nath Bhavan (Tillha Kothi)
* Sandish Compound
* The Residence of Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyaya
* Lajpat Park
* The Dargah (tomb) of Ghuran Sah Pir Baba
* Vikramshila Setu
* Vikramshila University (Ancient) & Museum
* Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary
* Sanjay Gandhi Jaivik Udhyan (park)
* Vishhari Sthan (Snake Temple), Champanagar
* Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower), Made in British Time
* Patharghatta Hills,Chaurasi Murti (84 Statues)
* Batehwarnath (near Kahalgaon)
* Colganj Rock Cut Temples




 

 

Culture

Chhath Puja , Kali Puja and Dussehra are the major festivals of Bhagalpur.Bihula & Bishahari puja is specially celebrated in Bhagalpur.

 

 

Bhagalpur is a city and municipal corporation in the state of Bihar, India. Bhagalpur is one of the oldest districts of Bihar located in the southern region. It is situated in the planes of the Ganga basin at the height of 141 feet above sea level. It is the third largest city of Bihar.  It is the administrative headquarters of the Bhagalpur District. Bhagalpur is acclaimed the world over for its silk products and it is known in India as the "Silk City" Famous for its Tussar Silk & Tussar Saree.



History

Early civilizations have flourished along the fertile banks of the Ganges river. Bhagalpur has often been referred to as Bhagaddat-Puram in ancient Sanskrit literature such as the Ramayana, Mahabharatha and Panchtantra. The religious festival of "Vish-hari Puja" or "the worship of the snake queen" traces its roots back hundreds of years and is still celebrated every year with thousands of believers and snake charmers offering milk to the Nag (the snake King) and Nageen (The snake Queen).

References to Bhagalpur can be found in Indian epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata where Bhagalpur has been described as the kingdom of Anga. Ancient cave sculptures of Emperor Ashoka's regime (274 BC-232 BC) are found in the neighbourhood and at Sultangunj, 20 km west of Bhagalpur, a temple of the Gupta period (320-500) still exists.devdas and paro is true story.paro is the sweet lover live in bhagalpur. The tomb of Suja, brother of Moghul emperor Aurangzeb, in the heart of the town is reminiscent of the city's association with the Mughal period.

The ruins of ancient Vikramshila University are located 44 km east of Bhagalpur. The royal university of Vikramsila, ranks next to Nalanda and owes its origin to Dharmapala (770-810 A.D.), the devout Pala king who loved to call himself Paramasaugata (chief worshipper of the Buddha) and was a great patron of Mahayana Buddhism. It was the medieval center to the conservation and propagation of Buddhist education, established by King Dharampal of Bengal (783-820) at the end of the 8th century.

Bhagalpur formed a part of the ancient Sanskrit kingdom of Anga said to be ruled by king Karna of Mahabharata who was well known for his charity. In later times it was included in the powerful Hindu kingdom of Magadha or Behar, and in the 7th century it was an independent state, with the city of Champa as its capital. It afterwards formed a part of the Mohammedan Kingdom of Gaur, and was subsequently subjugated by Akbar, who declared it to be a part of the Delhi empire. Bhagalpur passed to the East India Company by the grant of the emperor Shah Alam II in 1765.

The first railway line from Howrah was built to pass through Bhagalpur: the East Indian Railway line to Bhagalpur opened in 1861