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Top 5 Heritage Sites in Bihar

Tripiwiki : 09 Dec 2022
Bihar one of the most sacred place of various religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism & Islam, Many tourist travel to Bihar to visit their pilgrimage. Mahabodhi Temple, a Buddhist shrine and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also situated in Bihar. This is the place of Mahavira, the 24th and last Tirthankara, Aryabhata, Great Ashoka, Chanakya, Gautama Buddha, Mahavira, Guru Gobind Singh, Chandragupta Maurya, Vātsyāyana, Sher Shah Suri, Maa Tara Chandi Temple, and many other great historical figures. The rich culture and heritage of Bihar is evident from the innumerable ancient monuments that are dotted all over this state in eastern India.

Following are the Top 5 Heritage Sites in Bihar

Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda Mahavihara, Nalanda (1 out of 5 places to visit in Nalanda)

Archaeological Site of Nalanda Mahavihara is located in the Nalanda district of North-eastern state of Bihar,India. Nalanda was an ancient Mahavihara, a large and revered Buddhist monastery, in the ancient kingdom of Magadha. Spread over an area of 23 hectares, It includes stupas, chaityas, viharas, shrines, many votive structures and important art works in stucco, stone and metal. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Nalanda not only boasts of being one of the most revered Buddhist tourism sites in India but also continues to draw attention from scholars, historians and archaeologists. Nalanda Mahavihara is located at 83km from state capital Patna.

Kesaria Stupa (2 out of 5 places to visit in East Champaran)

Kesariya Stupa located in Kesariya, a town in the East Champaran district of Bihar, India is considered to be the tallest (104 feet ) and biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world. This remarkable structure was discovered in 1958 during an excavation. Historical importance of Bihar has been established again with the discovery of this "biggest ever Buddhist Stupa". Located at distance of 22km from Chakia, 40km from Motihari, 55km from Vaishali, 110 km from Patna.

Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Gaya (3 out of 5 places to visit in Gaya)

Mahabodhi Temple. Located in Bodh Gaya in Gaya district of Bihar, India. This is one of the most sacred sites in all of Buddhism, and one of Asoka's greatest achievements. The site contains a descendant of the Bodhi Tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment, and has been a major pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists for well over two thousand years. The temple complex includes two large straight-sided shikhara towers. Many of the oldest sculptural elements have been moved to the museum beside the temple, and some, such as the carved stone railing wall around the main structure, have been replaced by replicas. it was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Located at 127km from state capital Patna.

Nalanda University (4 out of 5 places to visit in Nalanda )

Nalanda University is located in the town of Rajgir, Nalanda district of Bihar, India. Nalanda has been a seat of knowledge for over eight centuries in the ancient kingdom of Magadha. Nalanda University attracted scholars and students from near and far, some travelling all the way from Tibet, China, Korea and Central Asia in quest of knowledge. Nalanda is a postgraduate, research intensive, international university supported by the participating countries of the East Asia Summit. Nalanda is inspired by the academic excellence and global vision of its historic predecessor.

Virat Ramayan Mandir (5 out of 5 places to visit in East Champaran)

Virat Ramayan Mandir is an upcoming Hindu temple complex that is said to be one of the world’s largest Hindu temples is being constructed in Kesaria, Bihar, Indi. Patna-based Mahavir Mandir Trust has undertaken the project. The Virat Ramayan Mandir is slated to be taller than the world-famous 12th century Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia, which is 215 feet high. The complex in East Champaran will comprise 18 temples with high spires and its Shiv temple will have the world’s largest Shivling.


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