Bihar is known popularly as the “Land of Enlightenment’ owing much to the presence of many ancient Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Bihar temples making Bihar one of the most sought after pilgrimage centers in India.
Of the most famous temples Bihar, the Badi Patan Devi Temple and Choti Patan Devi temples attract many Hindu devotes from different parts of the country. Located in the Patna, the capital of Bihar, these two Bihar temples give Patna its name.
Both famous temples Bihar the Badi Patan Devi Temple and the Chota Patan Devi Temples have in the inner sanctum, splendid Black Stone idols of Goddess Kali, Goddess Lakshmi, Goddess Saraswathi in standing positions and are the most visited temples in Bihar.
The other most ancient and famous temples in Bihar are the Deo Sun Temple, Bushanath Temple, Biharji Temple, Mahabodhi Temple, Gunawan Jain Temple, Handia Sun Temple, Mundeshwari Mandir, Mahishi Tara Temple, Kundaha Sun Temple, Matsyagandha and Ratktakali Temples.
The Deo Sun Temple is the most ancient of the temples in Bihar built during the 8th century AD and measures to a height of 100 meters. This famous temple in Bihar is considered to be a replica of the famous Sun Temple of Konark. The Bushanath temple on the other hand, situated on the River Ganges at Jogsar is also ancient of the Bihar Temples, and is dedicated to the Lord Shiva that draws huge number of devotees all through the year.
Of the most famous Buddhist Bihar Temples, the magnificent Mahabodhi Temple is considered to be very revered and according to legends this was the place where the Lord Buddha has gained enlightenment. This famous temples Bihar is today recognized as one of the World Heritage Centers by the UNESCO.
Bihar is twelfth largest state geographically and third most populous state in the Indian Territory with an area of around 99,200 square kilometers and a population approximately equaling to 100,000,000.
Patna is the most prominent city besides being the capital city of the state and an important business center of the eastern India. It is recognized as the ‘gateway’ to many Buddhist and Jain Pilgrimage destinations like Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodhgaya and Pawapurim that are frequented by many tourists and devotees from the world over. GolGhar is another important tourist destination in Patna that once served as a granary and today offers a panoramic view of the Patna city and the river Ganges. The other places of interest in Bihar include the Patna Museum, Kumrahar Excavations, Har Mandir, Qila House, Khund Bakshi Oriental Library, Mahaveer Mandir, Sher Shahi, Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park, Baraber Caves among others.