The capital city of Bihar and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Patna is a popular tourist destination in Bihar on account of the presence of hundreds of historically significant places within its boundaries. Therefore, it is visited by travellers from all over the world. It is one of the few places where you can learn a lot about the Medieval and the early Medieval Period of India. It also narrates several legends of ancient kingdoms which flourished thousands of years ago. After all, it has been in existence since the era of the Magadha Empire.
Today, Patna is one of the must-visit destinations in India, especially for history lovers. But how about exploring its religious sites this season? These ancient sites of great religious importance have a lot to unfold. So, why not plan a trip to Patna now? Well, read on and know more about its top 5 religious sites.
1) Mahavir Mandir
One of the most significant religious sites in Bihar, Mahavir Mandir is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is said to have the second highest budget in the country after Maa Vaishno Devi Temple, which is located in Jammu and Kashmir. As per recent reports, the total earning of the temple is 1 lakh or more every day. Every year, it is frequented by tourists and Hindu devotees in millions.
The temple has an unknown history as its exact date of formation is still debatable. However, its current building was constructed in the year 1987. It is built in the Nagri style of architecture and is a must-visit site for every history lover and architecture enthusiast. The major festivals celebrated here include Ram Navmi.
2) Patan Devi Temple
As per local legends, Patan Devi is believed to be the oldest temple in Patna as it is said to have been established thousands of years ago. In accordance with Hindu mythology, the temple is the site where the right thigh of Goddess Sati fell after her corpse was cut into pieces by Lord Vishnu. Therefore, it is considered as one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India.
Hindu devotees and tourists from all over the state come to this sacred temple to get blessings from Goddess Sati. It is also called Maa Patneshwari Temple and is located at a distance of about 10 km from Patna railway station. Hence, it is easily accessible. The major festivals celebrated here include Durga Puja.
3) Takht Sri Patna Sahib
Takht Sri Patna Sahib is the holiest place in the city for Sikhs. As Patna is said to be the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth guru in Sikhism, this beautiful gurudwara was constructed here in order to honour him. It was established by the first Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, in the 18th century.
However, over a period of time, it has gone through several renovations and the current building dates back to the mid 20th century. It is one of the few places in Patna where you can assuredly feel the beauty of calmness. Therefore, you shouldn't miss out on exploring it.
4) Pathar Ki Masjid
Located on the banks of the river Ganga, Pathar ki Masjid is called so on account of its construction by using stones. It is one of the oldest mosques in Bihar and was built in the year 1621 by Parvez Shah, the son of Jahangir. It is also known as Saif Khan's Masjid and Chimmi Ghat Mosque. It is a highly revered site amongst Muslims and is a must-visit destination in Patna.
5) Padri Ki Haveli
The oldest of them all in the state of Bihar, Padri Ki Haveli is a beautiful church which was constructed by the Roman Catholics after they reached Patna in the year 1713. It is also known as the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. As it was destroyed by a Nawab of Bengal in the year 1763, its current building dates back to 1772. Did you know that it cost only about 700 INR to rebuild and renovate the entire church complex then?