राष्ट्रकवि रामधारी सिंह दिनकर के आवास, बेगूसराय एवं भागलपुर (Residences of Rashtra Kavi Ramdhari Singh Dinkar) – Begusarai & Bhagalpur

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's house, Simaria Begusarai

Dinkar ji is the most popular and read poet of Hindi. He was born on 23 September 1908 in a small village called Simaria of Begusarai district, Bihar. When he was 3 years old, his father passed away. Childhood was spent in deprivation. The daily recitation of Ramcharitmanas at home had sown the seeds of poetry and its understanding within him. He not only gave a new height to the poetry of Veer Ras in Hindi literature, but also awakened the national consciousness through his creations. It was his greatness to handle all three areas, serious subjects, good poems and popularity.

Ramdhari Singh Dinkar's house, Simaria Begusarai

Dinkar ji's home, where he was born is in the village Simaria and that is where his great compositions were composed. The hall on which Dinkar ji wrote compositions like Rashmirathi, Kurukshetra, Parashuram ki Pratiksha, Urbashi, has become ruins today. The heritage of his memories is gett…

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52 कोठरी 53 द्वार / भरतखंड का पक्का, भरतखंड, खगडिय़ा (52 Kothi 53 Dwar/ Bharatkhand Ka Pakka, Bharatkhand, Khagaria) – Bhagalpur

The historical palace built by the Mughal era Babu Bairam Singh, situated on the banks of the Ganges on the Khagadia-Bhagalpur border, is still a center of attraction. This 52 closet is known as 53 gates.

52 Kothi 53 Dwar / Bharatkhand Ka Pakka, Bharatkhand, Khagaria, Bhagalpur

In the 18th century, Raja Babu Bairam Singh of the Solanki dynasty had built 52 closets, 53 gates at the hands of the Mughal artisan Bakast Mia. Various types of bricks have been used in the palace ranging from match-sized bricks to two feet. People also address the said palace by the name of Baawan Kothli, Tirpan Dwar, in colloquial people also call it the pakka of Bharatkhand, A miraculous pavilion and tunnel were built in the courtyard of this beautiful palace. This palace is famous for the use of 52 types of bricks, Mughal carvings and paintings. Tourists, historians and researchers come from far and wide to see it. Seeing the grandeur, texture and strength of the palace…

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किशनगंज किला, पूर्णिया (Kishanganj Fort) – Purnea

Ruins of Kishanganj Fort built by the erstwhile Nawab of Khagada, Mohammed Fakiruddin still exists in the outskirts of Kishanganj city.

Kishanganj Quila

Visitors of this fort come to know of the golden past of this region like how Kishanganj—the then Nepalgarh—was captured from Nepal during Mughal period.

Leaflets of history explain how this region became part of India during Mughal Emperor Shah Alam’s rule who had appointed Mohammed Raza at this region called Surajapur during which period to administer the region.

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चुरली एस्टेट के अवशेष, किशनगंज, पूर्णिया (Ruins of Churli Estate, Kishanganj) – Purnea

Churli Estate Haveli, Kishanganj

Kishanganj bears with pride, its connection to the erstwhile Churli estate on the outskirts of Thakurganj block bordering Nepal. The Haveli, once the pride of the Churli estate, is now in a totally dilapidated condition, even as it reminds visitors of its proud bearing.

During the British period, this estate was owned by Kudan Lal Singh and extended up to Sonapur in West Bengal, Kharudah in Kishanganj and 100 km up to the Nepal border. Churli Estate had taken zamindari rights (landlordship rights) from Tagore estate for two mauzas, Besarpatti and Nijagacch.

Churli Haveli, Kishanganj Kudan Lal Singh, then

After independence Tagore estate and Churli estate together fought the court case against the abolition of zamindari but lost everything in the land ceiling Act. Today, the descendants of Kudan Lal Singh live in abject poverty in the vicinity of the Haveli.

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बेणुगढ़, किशनगंज, पूर्णिया (Benugarh, Kishanganj)- Purnea

It is a ruined fort about eight miles west of Bahadurgunj. It is ascribed to Benu Raja, the brother of Asura.

Benugarh Talab

The story goes that there were five brothers who lived in the Vikramaditya period and whose namfes were Asura, Benu, Barijan, Nanha and Kanha. Each of these brothers built a Garh or fottified residence and named it after himself. But the Garhs of the last two brothers are not to be found.

It is believed that Pandavas had stayed here and used the pond to cook their food and take bath.

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असुरगढ़, किशनगंज, पूर्णिया (Asurgarh, Kishanganj) – Purnea

A ruined tort about twelve miles south of Kishangunj on the eastern bank of the Mahananda river. The story goes that there were five brothers who lived in the Vikramaditya period and whose names were Asura, Benu, Barijan, Nanha and Kanha. Each of these brothers built a Garh or fortified residence and named it after himself. But the Garhs of the last two brothers are not to be found.

Asurgarh imaginary Sketch, Kishanganj, Purnea

It is historically proven that the study area, much before the advent of the Aryans, was governed by the non-Aryan clans like the Asuras. In this regard, we have many references of the tribe who administered this region much before the advent of the Aryan culture. The traces of the sway of the Asura tribes can be found in the present Asuragarh, Barijangarh, Benugarh, Sikligarh, Bangarh and many places of North Bengal.

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बड़ीजानगढ़, किशनगंज,, पूर्णिया (Barijangarh, Kishanganj) – Purnea

It is the ruined fort in Purnia’s Kishanganj Sub Division. situated 8 km to the south of Bahadurganj Police Station in the Kishanganj Subdivision.

Barijangarh Surya Mandir, Kishanganj-Purnea

Regarding its name, there is a legend that it was built by Barijan, a brother of Benu, Raja of Benugarh.

The local myth is that it had been built by the then Raja of Benugarh for his brother Barijan so was it named Barijangarh.

Inside the enclosure may be traced a tank called Dak Pokhar about which various absurd stories are told.

It is historically proven that the study area, much before the advent of the Aryans, was governed by the non-Aryan clans like the Asuras. In this regard, we have many references of the tribe who administered this region much before the advent of the Aryan culture. The traces of the sway of the Asura tribes can be found in the present Asuragarh, Barijangarh, Benugarh, Sikligarh, Bangarh and many places of North Beng…

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कला भवन / राजा कलानंद का महल, पूर्णिया (Kala Bhawan / Palace of Raja Kalanand Singh) – Purnea

Deorhi at Garhbanaili (Purnea) hosts the ruins of Kala Bhawan the ancient Darbar (Palace) of Raja Kalanand Singh, where his successor still lives.

Kala Bhawan / Palace of Raja Kalanand Singh, Purnea

Raja Kalanand Singh is listed in the official directory of the Coronation Durbar of 1911 as one of those attending the ceremonies.

The name of the estate derives from a village Banaili in the then Purnia district of Bihar. Banaili Raj also known as Garhbanaili Raj was a zamindari estate based in the Indian state of Bihar. They were considered one of the ruling dynasties of the Mithila region. Rulers and holders of this estate were Maithil Brahmin.

The main centres of residences of Rajas of Banaili are Banaili, Ramnagar, Champanagar, Srinagar, Garh Banaili, and Sultanganj. Bhagalpur was the centre from where administration of the estate was carried out.

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ठाकुरगंज, पूर्णिया (Thakurganj)- Purnea

It is located 46 KM towards North from District head quarters Kishanganj.

This place is named after Bhima of Mahabharat and is an important place of interest from ancient history. Famous border city Thakurganj is located at a place where it was believed that the great hero of Mahabharata, Bhim had arrived and lived here during the 14th year of exile and was working as a cook (Thakur) in the then local king Raja Birat’s palace.

Thakurganj, Purnea

Pandava had stayed at this place during their one year incognito exile. Local tradition still speaks of the struggle and the conquest of the Kiratas and a Kirata Woman from the Morang or Tarai is said to have been the wife of Raja Birat, who, it is said in Mahabharata that gave shelter to Yudhisthira and his four Pandava brothers during their 12 years of exile.

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काझा कोठी, पूर्णिया (Kajha Kothi) – Purnea

Kajha Kothi, Purnea

There is a British era park in Kajha village, just 12 km from the district headquarters, which the world knows as Kajha Kothi. This park located in Kajha village was renamed as Shastri Park. The reason for this is that the house of Bhola Paswan Shastri, who was the Chief Minister for three seasons in Bihar, is close to this Kothi.

Kajha Kothi, Purnea

It is said that Kajha Kothi, which is considered to be the heritage of Purnia, is a history in itself. While staying near the circuit house, the British used to train the villagers in indigo cultivation.

There is a circuit house in this park, which was built in the then British Empire. Special arrangements were made to stay in that circuit house on the arrival of the English officers. Indira Gandhi has come and rested in this historic circuit house of Kajha Kothi.

Kajha Kothi, Purnea

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जलालगढ़ का किला, पूर्णिया (Jalalgarh Fort) – Purnea

Jalalgarh Fort, Purnea

There is no solid evidence of the history of Jalalgarh Fort, however historians say that this fort was built by Sayyid Muhammad Jalaluddin Khan in 1722. Sayyid Muhammad Jalaluddin was the king of Kishanganj and he built the fort to protect the kingdom from invasion from Nepal.

This fort is quadrangle shaped, was once the night and glory of the royal family of Purnia.

Some other historians say that, then Nawab, Saif Khan had built the fort strategically, to defend the city against Nepali invasion. The ruins of this fort is still visited by many enthusiastic tourists. And some have to say that even before 1722, the fort was present there.

Jalalgarh Fort, Purnea

The sheer beauty, left even in the remains, holds evidence of Hindi as well as Islamic examples of architecture.

It is also said that this fort was built to protect the people and migrants from loot. A few years later, the Jalalgarh …

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बेगूसराय संग्रहालय (Begusarai Museum) – Begusarai

Begusarai Museum

Established in the year 1981, this government museum houses physical evidences that witnessed the rich cultural history of Begusarai. Stone sculptures of Lord Buddha, Lord Ganesh, Sun God and Lord Vishnu etc. can be seen here. Coins, ranging from the period of Pal rule, Mauryan Rule to the end of British Era in India are treasured in the museum.

Other attractions include manuscripts, terracotta and pottery specimens. Art objects are collected from all around the town, though the centuries.

Begusarai Museum

This is the most important place in the city, where you will get to see many important things related to history. Through this museum, you can understand many important aspects of Bihar and ancient India.

Timings:

This museum is open from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. But it is closed on Mondays.

Idol of lord Ganesha at Begusarai Museum
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अजातशत्रु का किला, बेगूसराय (Ajatshatru Fort) – Begusarai

Ajatshatru Fort, Begusarai

Ajatshatru fort is a major tourist attraction in suburb Begusarai. It was built in the 6th century by the king of Magadha, Ajatshatru. The son of King Bimbisar and Queen Chelna, he was known as the most feared and powerful king to ever rule over Magadha.

Traditions in Jain and Buddhist differ a little in small details, but he was a follower of both traditions. He ruled over majority of Northern India and he was the one who built Pataliputra, now known as Patna, the capital of the state. He has eight wives, according to Jain legends. He is known to die in 461 BC. The fort is an important defending fortress and is now mostly in ruins. It is of high historical importance.

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राजा बाड़ी, सिमुलतला, जमुई (Naldanga Palace / Rajar Bari/ Raja Kothi / The Palace of Queen of Dhaka) – Simultala, Jamui

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सिमुलतला की पुरानी हवेलियां, जमुई (Old Villas of Simultala) – Jamui

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