बसंतराय, गोड्डा (Basantrai )- Godda

This place is at the distance of 12 Kms from the headquarter of Pathergama Block which was inhabited by Raja Basant Rai .

Basantrai, Godda

There existed a big tank in 50 acres of land . According to legend, no one has ever been able to cross the tank from one end to another whether by swimming or an elephant or in a boat. If any one ventured to do so he would find enunciated his feet and dragged himself down to the watery grave .

It is also believed that the tank was being invited on the occasion of marriages or any kind of social ceremonies and people asking for utensils required for the occasion could get miraculously from the water of the tank. Purpose being served these materials were bound to be returned to the tank failing which they had to face calamity or misfortune.

Basantrai, Godda

This belief is still relied up-on and it is held sacred for Hindus and a big Mela (fair) is held on its bank for 15 days beginning from…

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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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हरसाइन स्तूप / सिन-चे मंदिर, बेगूसराय (Harsain Stupa/Sin-Che Temple) – Begusarai

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Way to the top of main Harsain Stupa, near Jaimanglagarh, Begusarai

The remains of the Harsain stupa is in the form of an elevated mound, at a distance on the borders of the kabar lake, Begusarai. Aapart from Harsain, at least three another mounds were also located within the periphery of 2 km. Having yielded NBP potsherds, indicating an antiquity prior to 200 BC, the Harsain Stupa looked very interesting from a distance.

Harsain Stupa complex consisting of four stupas with the largest being in the centre and other equidistant smaller ones in three directions, one each in the west, north and south. Only one smaller southern stupa seemed to be intact due to thick vegetation cover and the main stupa was seen to have been almost cut to half by locals probably looking for constructional landfilling. It could be seen from the remains…

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रूद्र पाड़ा, सुल्तानगंज (Rudra Pada) – Sultanganj

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Top view of Rudra Pada Rock, Sultanganj (image source: http://silentpagesindia.blogspot.com/)

Just below the Murali hill, exists a neglected but massive rock boulder which has the potential of transforming the identity of the site for popular tourism. The reason for such potential is since among various sculpted panels on its face containing different images of Shiva and other deities, it has a unique sculpture, a representation of the foot prints of Shiva, which is probably not found elsewhere, with an inscription below, in boldly cut Gupta age (4th/5th Century AD) letters, which was also noted by Cunningham, who read it as 'Rudra Mahalaya' or ''Rudra-mahala' and thus called it as ‘Rudrapada’.

Foot prints of Shiva, Rudra Pada, Sultanganj (image source: http://silentpagesindia.blogspot.com/)

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शहीद स्मारक, पूर्णिया (Shaheed Smarak / Town Hall) – Purnea

Shaheed Smarak / Town Hall, Purnea

The Shaheed Smarak is one of the major attractions in Purnea City. The names of 56 Martyrs have been inscribed on this.

This place was earlier constructed as Victoria Memorial Town Hall during British era, which later got changed into Shaheed Smarak.

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स्वराज आश्रम / गाँधी सर्किट, पूर्णिया (Swaraj Ashram / Gandhi Circuit) – Purnea

Swaraj Ashram also known as Gandhi Circuit. This is situated in Tikapatti under Rupauli prakhand.

Swaraj Ashram, Purnea

It is said that it was established by Mahatma Gandhi in the year 1931. Its holds a very special place in the history books as Mahatma Gandhi had address people from this place on 10th April, 1931 during his visit here.

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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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कुर्सेला, पूर्णिया (Kursela) – Purnea

Kursela Bridge

Also known as Kuru-shila, this place is known as the land of Kurus or where the Kuru dynasty of Mahanharat originated from. A distorted form of Kuru-Shila, modern day Kursela is one of the hilly regions in Purnia which is said to have belonged to ancient King Kuru.

About 4km from here is the well known Bateshwar hills which is known as the site of the Vikramshila university.

Raja Ayodhya Prasad Singh, 1st Zamindar of Kursela, he left his family's original zamindari of Barh-Rupas in Patna Districtm in 1881 and acquired 32,000 acres of land in Kursela, becoming a major landowner in the area, he was subsequently acknowledged as the Zamindar of Kursela.

Raja Raghubansh Prasad Singh, Kursela

Raja Bahadur Raghubansh Prasad Singh, Zamindar of Kursela, born 1895, he was granted the title of Raja Bahadur, which he later rejected in favour of Rai Bahadur. He was a great philanthropist, and administrator. He was the largest land …

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धरहरा, पूर्णिया (Dharhara) – Purnea

Dharhara is a small village in the Purnia district and is located 19 miles to the south of Raniganj. It is locally popular as the place where the mythological Hiranya Kans attempted to kill his son Prahlada to punish him for his devotion to Lord Vishnu. Famous Prahlad stambh & narsingh bhagwan mandir are situated here.

narsingh bhagwan mandir dwar, dharhara

The village also consists of a monolith called maniktdham which is made of red granite of such fine texture that it looks similar to sandstone. The pillar is now inclined at an angle of 65 degrees due to the influence of the elements.

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बरहरा कोठी, पूर्णिया (Barhara Kothi) – Purnea

History explorers can make a visit to the modern day Block headquarters of the Barhara Kothi Block which had once served as an important power center of the British rulers in this region.

Baba Varuneshwar Dham Temple, Dharhara

One can see famous Kothi in which an Englishmen used to stay.

Visitors make a point to visit the nearby Lord Shiva’s Baba Varuneshwar temple upon their visits here.

Barhara Kothi village is located in Barhara subdivision of Purnia district in Bihar, India. It is situated 12km away from sub-district headquarter Barhara (tehsildar office) and 46km away from district headquarter Purnia. As per 2009 stats, Basudeopur is the gram panchayat of Barhara Kothi village.

Banmankhi is nearest town to Barhara kothi for all major economic activities, which is approximately 8km away.

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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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हर गौरी मंदिर, किशनगंज, पूर्णिया (Har Gauri Temple, Kishanganj)- Purnea

Har Gauri Temple, Kishanganj

Har Gauri Temple is located in Thakurganj block. It is believed that this temple is at least 100 years old. In the year 2000, it celebrated its Golden Jubilee Year. This temple was built by the Zamindar of Tagore Estate.

Folklore says that the Zamindar found the statues of Mahadev and Parvati co- joined together in one stone. He took the statue to Benaras, but one night he dreamt that Lord Mahadeva instructed him to return the statue to the original place and build a temple there. The Zamindar got so scared that he returned back next day and also subsequently got the temple constructed.

Har Gauri Temple, Kishanganj

Every year on the occasion of Shiv Ratri people come from far off places to worship and to offer holy water to the Shivling here.

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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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कामख्या मंदिर, पूर्णिया (Kamakhya Temple) – Purnea

This is one of the most popular temples and is similar to the Kamrup Kamakhya Mandir in Guwahati though the one in Purnia is considered to be older. Devotees throng the temple from all parts of the state and is an important temple here. The temple is four hundred years old.

Kamakhya Temple, Purnea

Kamakhya Temple is located at the border of three villages namely - Rahua, Majra and Bhabanipur in the Purnia district. The village Kritanand Nagar is known as Kamakhya Sthan. The Mother seated here is in the form of "Kshem-karni".

The importance of this temple is such that people from far and wide come here. This temple was built during the Mughal period. There are many legends behind this temple.

Kamakhya Temple, Purnea

As per one legend, it is believed that leprosy patients are treated here by the grace of Goddess. Especially leprosy patients definitely reach here. It is believed that by the grace of the mother, their sufferings are removed…

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बागनगर, पूर्णिया (Bagnagar)- Purnea

Until recently the small village in Purnia namely Bagnagar was not known to anybody.

The sooner Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) team found out some old coins here below an earthen cave it attained its historic importance. Purnia visitors ensure to visit here during their trips.

Bagnagar is a Village in Jokihat Block in Araria District of Bihar State, India. It belongs to Purnia Division . It is located 15 KM towards South from District head quarters Araria. 13 KM from Jokihat. 285 KM from State capital Patna

How To Reach By Road

Araria is the Nearest Town to Bagnagar. Araria is 14 km from Bagnagar. Road connectivity is there from Araria to Bagnagar.

By Rail

Kusiargaon Rail Way Station , Jalalgarh Rail Way Station are the very nearby railway stations to Bagnagar. Also you can consider railway Stations from Near By town Araria. Araria Court Rail Way Station , Arariya Rail Way Station are the railway Statio…

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बंदरझूला, पूर्णिया (Bandarjhula) – Purnea

Located nearby Nepal border at approximately 39 km in neighboring district headquarters city of Kishanganj, the Bandarjhula village was one of the many usual villages until an excavation by Archaeological Department found Vishnu deity’s black marble idol.

A school in Bandarjhula, Kishanganj

The Vishnu idol is said to be an ‘Image of Kanhaiya’ as locals believed and is considered to belong from centuries ago.

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बलदियाबाड़ी, पूर्णिया (Baladiabari Village) – Purnea

Known for its historic importance, the Baladiabari Village is an important location in Purnia due to its historic value.

Located nearby Nawajganj area in the southern part of the Purnia district, this village is worth visiting as this was the site where famous 1756 battle between Shaukat Jang and Sirajuddaula had held.

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