Bihar Sharif Travel Guide

 

Places to visit

* Tomb of Malik Ibrahim Vaya, located at Bari Pahari, Bihar Sharif.
A beautiful ancient tomb constructed on top of the rocky hill. Near by
are the ruins, which are believed to be as ruins of Jail (prison) of
Jarasandh, an emperor of ancient Magadh. The beautiful natural view
from the top of the hill is very attractive.

* Tomb of saint Baba Maniram.The scene around the temple is very
clam and beautiful.

* Mosque of Makhdum Shah Sharif-ud-din, a Muslim saint of 14th
century.

* Pawapuri, 7 km south from this town. Sacred place for Jain
community. Famous for beautiful temples of God Mahavir.

* Ruins of Nalanda University is just 15 km away. This used to be
one of the topmost university in the world since ancient times, till
12th century when it was destroyed by a Muslim emperor Bakhtiyar
Khilji.

* Rajgrih (Rajgir), Place of God 'Budhha' is some 28 km away.
Beautiful Temples and Pagodas attract thousands of visitor every year.
You will simply love Natural beauty of this place. Located in the lap
of mountains, cascades. General believe is that the natural hot water
of 'Brahm Kund' here can heal several diseases. Its natural source of
hot water still is a mystery for scientists.

* Bangpur

* Durga puja is celebrated widely in bihar sharif.

 

 

History

Bihar Sharif was once the capital of the Muslim Governors of Bihar
between 13th and 16th centuries when the city was an active cultural
center and an important seat of Muslim thought and learning. Turkish
and Pashtun invaders often used abandoned viharas as military
cantonments.The word Bihar may have come from the large number of
viharas thus employed in the area that later became Bihar. Originally
Bihar was name of the town, which was headquarter of the Muslim
invaders in the Magadha region in the medieval period. Later on the
headquarter was shifted from Bihar to Patana (current Patna) by Sher
Shah Suri and the whole Magadha region was called Bihar. Almost 80% of
the Muslim population of Bihar Sharif and surrounding areas have a good
degree of Turkish and Afghan blood in their veins, especially so among
the middle and upper classes, but also among the lower classes.