20 Religious Places In Bihar for A Holy & Spiritual Experience!
India is a county known for religious activities and a lot of things have taken place in Bihar. The enchanting and soul-calming religious experiences in Bihar are not hidden to the world, thanks to the huge number of renowned spiritual sites present in this state. Places like Mahabodhi Temple, Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji, Bodhi Tree, Thai Monastery, Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple, Choti Dargah and many more can be found here. 

If you are planning to visit Bihar, be ready to witness places depicting various religions as you will find everything right from an age-old Buddhist monasteries and sacred mahaviharas to charming temples and revered mosques, Bihar is truly secular, when it comes to serving the world the best of spirituality and serenity.

The renowned religious places in Bihar not only offer an insight into the rich mythologies of different religions, but also showcase traditional architecture and historical understanding of the place. Vietnamese Temple and Royal Bhutan Monastery introduce you to the traditional foreign architectures and also offer you a deep glimpse into the preachings of Lord Gautama Buddha, which has spread across the globe. Vishnupad Temple and Mithila Shakti Peeth tell a lot about the rich Hindu mythologies, while Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji lets you better understand the teachings of Guru Govind Singh.
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Mahabodhi Temple

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Mahabodhi Temple was built back in the 3rd century BC. Offering one of the best Buddhist religious experiences in Bihar, the Mahabodhi Temple is constructed at the same place, where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment.
 
Considered to be a sculptural masterpiece, the temple is built using only bricks. The sacred Bodhi tree is located on the western side of this temple. The important attractions in the Mahabodhi Temple include the 55 meters high tower and the gold-painted statue of Gautama Buddha in the 'Bhumisparsa Mudra'.
 
Location: Bodh Gaya, Bihar 824231
 
Timing: 5 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 9 PM

Historical Facts: 
-This place has been a popular pilgrimage for people who preach Buddhism.
-Mahabodhi Temple is believed to be constructed on the orders of King Ashoka, the one who moved to the path of Ahimsa after the famous Kalinga war. 
-This temple has now been declared as a heritage site by UNESCO. 

Architecture: 
-The architecture reminds of the Mauryan Dynasty.
-Bricks covered in stucco have been used to build this famous temple.
-There is a carved stone railing around the main structure, a design that was common during that time.
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Bodhi Tree

An important part of the Mahabodhi Temple, the Bodhi Tree is a peepal tree, under which Gautama Buddha meditated and attained spiritual awakening and salvation, some 2500 years ago. In Buddhism, the very term ‘Bodhi’ implies ‘awakening’ or ‘the state of being aware about the universe”.

The present day Bodhi tree found here is actually the fifth succession of the original Bodhi tree. The tree is encircled by beautifully carved stupas and buddha statues. You can see a number of Buddhist monks meditating and reading under this tree, whenever you visit the place.

Location: Bodhi tree is located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar on the left of the Mahabodhi Temple

Timing: 5 AM to 9 PM

Historical Facts: Bodhi Tree is the same place where Buddha attained enlightenment after penancing for over a month and hence, it is a famous spot for people following Buddhism. On December 8, there are many Buddhist followers who visit this spot to celebrate Bodhi Day. 

Facts: The tree here is not the original one under which Buddha sat, but the fifth in succession. It is believed that the daughter of King Ashoka of the Mauryan Dynasty took a branch of the original tree to Sri Lanka and planted it there in Anuradhapura, which is still there in its original form and is known to be the oldest tree.

The current tree in Gaya is known to have grown from the sapling brought from the tree in Sri lanka itself. 
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Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji

Built back in 1839, Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji is one of the most important religious places in Bihar for the sikhs. This majestic gurudwara was built to commemorate Guru Gobind Singh, who was born here back in 1666.This place has also been visited by the revered sikh gurus, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Nanak.

Believed to be one of the most sacred of the 5 takhts, Takht Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji also shelters some of the personal belongings of Guru Gobind Singh, including his ‘pangura’, sandals, sacred sword, and 4 iron arrows. It also preserves the holy book that has the ‘Hukamnamas’, which is the set of orders written by Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Gobind Singh.

Location: Takhat Sri Harimandir ji, Patna Sahib, Patna, Bihar 800008

Timing: 5 AM to 9 PM
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Vishnupad Temple

One of the most-visited religious places in Bihar, Vishnupad Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Vishnu. Perched on the serene banks of the Falgu river, this temple has the footprint of Lord Vishnu to incised into a block of basalt.

According to popular beliefs this footprint was incised, when Lord Vishnu put his right foot on the chest of Gayasur and buried him below the surface of the earth. Although the real facts of the construction of Vishnupad Temple is still unknown, the present body of the shrine is believed to have been built in 1787 by Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar.

Location: Vishnupad Temple is located in Gaya, Bihar on the bank of the river Phalgu.

Timing: 5 AM to 10.30 PM

Historical Facts: According to the legends, this temple has a 40 cm long footprint of Lord Vishnu, which marks him subduing Gayasur by placing his foot on his chest. Some also believe that Lord Ram visited this place with SIta during his exile. The current structure of the temple was restored and rebuilt by Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar, the queen from the Holkar Dynasty from Indore in 1787.

Architecture: Since, this temple was restored by Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar, one can clearly see the style of that era in this temple. The whole structure stands on beautifully carved 8 rows of pillars and the height measures to 30 m.

It is said that the officers searched for the best stone in the whole area and then finally settled with munger black stone to create the structure. Talking about the pyramid height, it reaches up to 100 feet. The whole design and structure is strategically designed and angled and connected with iron clamps for utmost strength. 
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Thai Monastery

Established back in 1957 by Buddhist monks and the Government of Thailand, the Thai Monastery aims at propagating the preachings of Lord Gautama Buddha and strengthening the friendly relationship between Thailand and India.
 
One of the most revered buddhist religious places in Bihar, the Thai Monastery flaunts a typical Thai-style architecture. The roof of this monastery is covered with golden tiles and the interior is adorned beautifully with small sculptures of Lord Buddha. The main prayer hall of the monastery houses a 25 meters tall seated Buddha statue.
 
Location: Near Buddha Statue, Bodh Gaya, India
 
Timing: 6 AM to 7:30 PM

How Old: The monastery was established back in 1957 by the public authority of Thailand and Buddhist Monks.

Some Facts:
This monastery plays a vital role in preaching Buddhism and spread across the Thai culture and tradition with its practices, and architecture. Monks here play a crucial role in preaching the ideologies of Buddha to people.

Architecture: Buddhist monasteries are all about simple designs but great with architecture and colors. Thai Monastery is also a beautifully designed structure with some astonishing interiors and exteriors.

Some pictures engraved depicting the life of Buddha can be found along with inscriptions. Also traditional symbols and objects are placed inside.
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Tibetan Monastery

Lying close to the Mahabodhi Temple, the Tibetan Temple and Monastery was built in Bodhgaya back in 1938. This monastery flaunts an impressive architecture, which is adorned beautifully with Tibetan scriptures as well as Buddhist symbols. The monastery is home to a 10 meters tall red and golden painted dharmachakra (Wheel of Law).

According to popular beliefs, rotating the dharmachakra three times in a clockwise direction can free you from all your sins. You can also see the picture of Maitreya Buddha at this monastery, which is believed to be the future incarnation of Gautama Buddha.

Location:
Bodh Gaya, Bihar 824231

Timing:
7 AM to 6 PM
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Royal Bhutan Monastery

Lying in Bodh Gaya, the Royal Bhutan Monastery was built here by the King of Bhutan as a token of tribute to Gautama Buddha. This monastery features impressive clay carvings that represent various instances from the life of Lord Buddha. Flaunting the traditional Bhutanese architectural design, this monastery houses a temple and a common restroom for the monks.

The temple is home to a 7 feet tall Buddha statue, with various Buddhist scriptures and symbols inscribed on it.  The Royal Bhutan Monastery also features a visitors’ guesthouse with a total of 15 well-kept rooms.

Location: Situated beside Wat Thai Bodhgaya, the Royal Bhutan Monastery is just 500 m away from Giant Buddha Statue, and 1 km from Bodhgaya Bus Station.

Timing: 7 AM to 12 PM & 2 PM to 5 PM

Historical Facts:  Royal Bhutan Monastery is one of the most beautiful monasteries depicting the life of Buddha through clay carvings and is a must to visit attractions in Bihar. It is said that this monastery was built by the King of Bhutan to offer his tribute to Lord Buddha. 

Architecture: Since it was built by the King of Bhutan, one can see the royalty in the architecture and it represents Bhutanese culture so well. This monastery has an enormous temple and a rest house for monks to pray and rest.

It also has a 7-feet tall sculpture of Buddha, beautifully carved with symbols and his teachings. Royal Bhutan Monastery also has a guesthouse and some extra rooms for visitors to come and rest.
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Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple

Constructed back in 1972 by Indian and International Buddhist communities, Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple presents an excellent amalgamation of impressive Japanese architecture and rich Buddhist culture. Carved out of wood, this beautiful temple resembles a typical Japanese shrine.
 
The gallery of the temple showcases Japanese paintings representing various incidents from the life of Lord Gautama Buddha. The walls of the shrine are inscribed with the important preachings of Buddha.
 
Location: Mastipur, Bodh Gaya, Bihar 824231
 
Timing: 5 AM to 12 PM & 2 PM to 6:00 PM

Located: Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple is just 500 m away from the Great Buddha Statue, and 1 km from Bodhgaya Bus Station, beside the Royal Bhutan Monastery

How old: Built in the year 1972, Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple is one of the most loved temples in Bihar.

Architecture: Built with the help of international Buddhist communities, this temple is known for its aesthetically pleasing design and intricate wooden carvings. You could see the glimpse of Japanese architecture and design when you visit the temple. There are too many paintings and wall carvings depicting the life of Buddha. 

Historical Facts: Indosan Nippon Japanese Temple, was built in 1972 with the help of Japanese government and international communities
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Jal Mandir

Situated in Pawapuri, the Jal Mandir is dedicated to the 24th Tirthankara and founder of Jainism, Lord Mahavira, Jal Mandir is one of the highly esteemed religious places in Bihar for jains. Perched amidst a huge water tank packed with beautiful lotus flowers, Jal Mandir signifies the site of the cremation of Lord Mahavira as he attained Nirvana in Pawapuri in 527 BC.
 
Believed to have been constructed by the elder brother of Lord Mahavira, King Nandivardhan, this marble temple worships the “Charan Paduka '' of the lord.
 
Location: Pawapuri, Bihar 803115
 
Timing: 6 AM to 12 PM and 3 PM to 9 PM

Historical Facts: Originally built by King Nandivardhan, known to be the elder brother of Mahavira, Jal Mandir is one of the main five temples where the "Charan Paduka" of Mahavira is deified.

As we all know Mahavira, the prince of Magadha Kingdom, attained Nirvana at the age of 30 and since then it has been of great significance to people following Jainism. During the Chaturmas, the auspicious month for Jains, many monks preach religious teachings here to people and make them aware of Jainism. 
 
Architecture: As the name suggests, Jal Mandir, is a beautifully designed white marble temple within the water tank that measures 84 bigha. The whole water surface is covered with beautiful lotus flowers which makes the aesthetics all the more appealing and beautiful. It also has a footprint of Lord Mahavira in the form of  "Vimana" a chariot.

This temple also has a 600-foot-long bridge made out of stones that connects the temple with the water tank. Made out of white marble, this temple shines in the moonlight which is really eye-catching. 
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Chinese Temple

Lying opposite to the Mahabodhi temple complex, the Chinese Temple was built back in 1945 by the Chinese-Buddhist monks and the Government of China. This temple was later renovated in 1997. The present building of the Chinese Temple flaunts a unique blend of Chinese and Indian architectural designs.
 
The temple is home to a 200 years old Buddha statue that is said to have been brought from China. In addition to this, the main temple also houses three other golden Buddha statues. 
 
Timing: 8 AM to 6 PM

Location: Located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, this beautiful temple is just 1 km away from Bodhgaya Bus Station and is opposite to the Mahabodhi Temple complex.

How old: This is a quite old temple built in the year 1945 by Chinese-Buddhist and was later renovated in the year 1997.

Architecture: Depicting the Chinese art and architecture, Chinese Temple is a blend of Indian and Chinese architecture and depicts royalness. It also has a Buddha Statue which is said to be 200 year old, originally brought from China. Apart from the main statue, this temple has three more Buddha statues which are main attractions here. 

Festival: If you are to visit this temple, then we would really suggest you visit it during the time of Buddha Jayanti as this day is celebrated here as no less than a festival where thousands of monks gather together and learn about Buddhism. 
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Patan Devi Temple

Known locally as “Maa Patneshwari Mandir”, Patan Devi Temple happens to be one of the oldest religious and most sacred places in Bihar. Dedicated to the Hindu goddess, Maa Durga, and originally known as Sarvanand Kari Patneshwari. Patan Devi Temple is considered to be one of the country’s 51 Siddha Shakti Pithas in India.
 
According to age-old mythological beliefs, this temple has been built on the same site, where the right thigh of goddess Sati fell.
 
Location: Badi patan devi mandir, Sadikpur, Patna, Bihar 800007
 
Timing: Open 24 hours
 
Historical Facts:
As the legends go, this is one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India. When Devi Sati, wife of Lord Shiva died, and Lord Vishnu, with his Sudarshan Chakra cut her body, it was chopped off into 51 parts making 51 Shakti Peethas, and this temple is one of them. 
Festival: Known to be the abode of Maa Durga, a huge fair is organised here during the time of Vijayadashmi, on the last day of Navratri. Also, on the last three days, i.e., Saptami, Ashtami and Navami nearly 600 people gather together to offer their prayers to the Goddess. People offer sweets and garlands and make their wishes. It is believed all wishes here come true. 
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Padri Ki Haveli

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The oldest church in the state, Padri ki Haveli offers one of the best religious experiences in Bihar for christians. Also known as Visitation of the blessed Virgin Mary, this church was constructed by the Roman Catholics back in 1713. The shrine was re-designed by the renowned Venetian architect Tirreto in 1772.

Padri ki Haveli has witnessed a number of historical battles including the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. It was also in Padri ki Haveli that Mother Teresa practiced her nurse training in 1948.

Location: Padri ki Haveli is located in Fino Payments Bank, Ashok Rajpath, Sadikpur, Patna, Bihar 800008.

Timing: 6 AM to 8 PM

Historical Facts: 
-Padri Ki Haveli is one of the most popular and oldest churches in Bihar
-It is the Visitation of the blessed Virgin Mary
-This church was built by the Roman Catholics in the year 1713
-Padri Ki Haveli was once destroyed by Nawab Mir Qasim in 1763
-The church was again restored and redesigned by famous Venetian architect Tirreto in 1772

Architecture:
-This church is beautifully redesigned by the Venetian architect Tirreto and the foundation stone is itself 70ft of length, 40ft of width, and 50ft of height. 
-This church is one of the very few in India to have intricate designs and carvings. 
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ISKCON Temple

Also referred to as Shri Shri Radha Banke Bihari Ji Temple, the ISKCON Temple in Patna is spread across a vast area of a whopping 2 acres. Featuring a total of 84 pillars, ISKCON Patna is counted amongst the largest Radha Krishna temples in the entire state. It would be one of the largest Radha Krishna temples in Bihar and Jharkhand area.
 
The building of this temple houses the altars of Sri Sri Ram Durbar, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, and Sri Sri Radha Banke Bihari Ji.
 
Location: Golok Dham, Budh Marg, Adalatganj, Veerchand Patel Road Area, Patna, Bihar 800001
 
Timing: 6 AM to 9 PM
 
Importance: It is the largest building in Patna and also the largest Radha Krishna temple in the entire Bihar and Jharkhand region.

Architecture: ISKCON Temples are known for their aesthetics and beautiful designs. This temple in Patna, is spread across 2 acres, and has 84 pillars with altars of three deities, Sri Sri Radha Banke Bihari Ji, Sri Sri Gaur Nitai, and Sri Sri Ram Durbar.
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Vietnamese Temple

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The Vietnamese Temple was constructed in Bodh Gaya back in 2002 by the Government of Vietnam for promoting Vietnamese Buddhism in India. Lying amidst calm and serene environs, this beautiful temple showcases the traditional Vietnamese style of architecture.
 
One of the key attractions of this temple is the Avalokiteshvara statue, which is basically a beautiful smiling statue of Lord Gautama Buddha. The Vietnamese Temple is surrounded by a well-manicured lush lawn and verdant trees that add to the charm and calming aura of this holy shrine and offer one of the most serene religious experiences in Bihar.
 
Location: Vietnamese Temple is located at a distance of 500 m from Mahabodhi Temple, and is just 1 km from Bodh Gaya Bus Station, and Wat Thai Bodhgaya. This is one of the most popular temples situated near Kalachakra Maidan. 
 
Timing: 7 AM to 7 PM

Historical Facts: Bodh Gaya is one of the most prominent cities of Bihar as this is where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment and is of great significance to Hindus or those people who preach Buddhism,Vietnamese Temple is one of the recent additions to the list of other significant temples present in this auspicious city. 

Architecture: As the name suggests, The Vietnam Temple represents rich Vietnamese culture in India. This temple was designed and developed by the Vietnameese government in 2002 as the embankment of Buddhism in India.

The temple has a huge Smiling Buddha statue known as Avalokiteshvara statue and is set amidst beautiful scenic beauty. This attracts a lot of tourists and visitors here every year. 
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Nalanda Mahavira

The ancient Mahavihara was a Buddhist monastery that also became an important center of learning during the reign of the Magadha empire. The Mahavihara was counted among the world’s greatest educational centers between the fifth century CE and 1200 CE.
 
During this period, the Mahavihara received much fame and recognition and achieved a legendary status. It was also visited by the Chinese pilgrims and philosophers Faxian, Xuanzang, and Yijing. At the present day, the Mahavihara is in ruins and has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
 
Later this place was converted into an institute by Rajendra Prasad in the year 1951 and was renamed as Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM) to revive the ancient learning that used to happen in Nalanda. 
 
Location: This university is located in the Nalanda district of Bihar and the present campus is 100 km away from the metropolis of Patna. This university is situated on the southern bank of lake Indrapuskarani, in close proximity to the ancient University of Nalanda campus.
 
Historical Facts: This university was founded to continue the teaching of ancient Nalanda by Rajendra Prasad and continued to work on the same principle of the ancient Nalanda University The university accept a limited number of students be both Indian or International. 
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Chotti Dargah

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Situated at a small distance of around 30 kilometers from the heart of Patna, Chotti Dargah is a 3-storey mausoleum of the revered Muslim saint Makhdum Shah Daulat. This dargah stands on the site, where the saint was buried back in 1616.
 
Flaunting an impressive architecture, the Chotti Dargah was built by Ibrahim Khan in 1619. The dargah is adorned by a gigantic dome with its ceiling carved with holy texts from the Quran. You can also see a huge water tank, perched in front of the dargah.
 
Historical Facts: 
-Chotti Dargah is the place where Saint Makhdum Shah was buried in 1616
-This Dargah was built by Ibrahim Khan in the year 1619
-It became the regional center for learning where the famous Sanskrit grammarian Panini studied
-Locals also call this place by the name of Minar Sharif

Architecture:
-Chotti Dargah marks the typical Muslim style of architecture with a 3-storied mausoleum building.
- It has a huge tank in the front. 
- The domed mausoleum's walls are adorned with intricate designs.
-The ceiling has passages from the Qur'an.

Location: Chotti Dargah is located in the Maner Sharif in Patna Metropolitan Region, which is about 30km outside of Patna on NH-30
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Pathar ki Masjid

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Perched on the serene backs of River Ganga, Pathar ki Masjid is one of the most important Islamic religious places in Vaishali, Bihar. Also known as “Sangi Masjid”, “Chimmi Ghat Mosque”, and “Saif Khan’s Mosque”, this majestic masjid was established in 1621 AD, under the command of Parvez Shah, the son of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir.
 
Standing true to its name, this mosque is made entirely of stone and flaunts an Indo-Islamic style of architecture. The interior walls of this masjid are engraved with the holy verses from the Quran. Pathar ki Masjid gets a heavy influx of devotees on Eid and Jummah.
 
Location: Pathar ki Masjid is located in Ashok Rajpath, on the banks of river Ganges in Patna, Bihar.
 
Timing: 10 AM to 10 PM

How old is the Masjid: This Masjid was constructed in the 16th century

Historical Facts: Pathar ki Masjid, being the oldest in Patna, was constructed during the Mughal era by Parvez Shah, son of the last Mughal Emperor Jahangir. 

Architecture: Since it was created in the Mughal era, this masjid represents the famous Indo-Islamic style as seen in many other monuments built during that era. It has a big dome surrounded by 4 minars. The interior is quite beautiful and we could see verses from the Holy Book Quran engraved on the walls. 

Festival: If you want to visit this masjid, try visiting it on the occasion of Eid and Jummah, as this is when the whole mosque is filled with people who come here to offer their prayers.
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Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Vaishali

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Excavated back in 1969, the 125 feet tall Vishwa Shanti Stupa is known to offer one of the best religious experiences in Bihar. This has been built by Nipponzan Myhoji and Rajgir Buddha Vihar Society, the magnificent white stupa sits in a pool of lush green expanses.

The stupa is adorned beautifully by the coronation tank of sacred water, also known as Abhishek Pushkarni. On the north bank of this pond, you will find an intriguing museum, which exhibits important excavated items, including cast coins, earthen wares, copperware, ironware, and terracotta human & animal figurines.

Location: Vaishali, Bihar

Timing: 10AM to 5 PM
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Mithila Shakti Peeth, Darbhanga

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Offering one of the most unforgettable religious experiences in Bihar for the Hindus, Mithila Shakti Peeth is one of the 51 important shakti peeths. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, this temple has been built on the site, where the left shoulder of Devi Shakti fell.

This white-hued temple features four minar-like towers. Here Goddess Durga is worshipped in the form known as Uma and we can also find the idols of goddess Uma Devi and Lord Mahodar in this temple on mountain rock. You can see a colourful fountain in front of this temple, which makes the shrine even more beautiful. Ram Navami, Janaki Navami, Janmashtami, Saraswati Puja, Navaratri, Durga Puja, Kali Puja, & Shivarathri are some of the occasions that see the maximum influx of devotees to Mithila Shakti Peeth.
 
Location: Housing Board Colony, Laheriasarai, Darbhanga, Bihar 846001
 
Timing: 6 AM to 8 PM

Historical Facts: This temple is one of the famous Shakti Peethas and is believed when Lord Vishnu cut the body of Devi Sati, her left shoulder fell at this place. This temple has two main idols, “Mahadevi or Uma” and Lord “Mahodar”, another form of Lord Shiva.

Some also connect this place to the Ramayana era, as Sita was born in Janakpuri and some consider Janki Mandir as a shakti peetha which is not true. 

Festival: Being in Janakpuri, the festival of Ram Navami is highly celebrated here as this place is considered to be the birthplace for Devi Sita. Apart from Ram Navmi, Janamashtni, the day when Lord Krishna was born, is also celebrated here with great enthusiasm. There are many more festivals like Rakhsha Bandhan, Durga Pooja and lot more that are celebrated here. 
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Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir

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One of the most important religious and Buddhist monuments in Bihar, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa is a place which aims to spread love and peace among the people. Located at an elevation of 400 m above the sea level, this stupa overlooks the beautiful forest covers from above.

Reaching the Vishwa Shanti Stupa is an adventure in itself as you can choose from a variety of options. If you are looking for some fun then you can opt for the ropeway and can enjoy a fun ride to the top. Alternatively, you can take the spiral staircase and climb the stairs for some thrill. 

Location: Vishwa Shanti Stupa Rd, Rajgir, Bihar 803121

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
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  1. Which are the best religious places to visit in Bihar with family?

    Chaumukhi Mahadev- Lying in Vaishali and built in the 4th century, Chaumukhi Mahadev is home to a four-faced self-manifested Shivalinga. Offering excellent religious experiences in Bihar for the Hindus, the temple receives the highest influx of devotees on Maha Shivratri.

    Bodhi Sarovar- The sacred lake of Bodhi Sarovar offers one of the best religious experiences in Bihar. Also known as “Lotus Pond”, this lake is home to a statue of a meditating Gautama Buddha.

    Kali Mata Temple- 
    Kali Mata Temple in Muzaffarpur is dedicated to Goddess Durga and is the epitome of strength and belief. Nestled on the banks of Gandak river, the temple was built by
    Darbhanga Maharaj Kamlesh Singh in 1932.

    Dargah of Hazrat Bibi- 
    The Dargah of Hazrat Bibi Kamal in Jehanabad is said to have magical powers of healing. The dome of this dargah features inscriptions from the holy Quran.

    Shitla Mandir- 
    Located in Patna, Shitla Mata Temple is one of the shakti peethas of Maa Durga. According to popular beliefs, the blessings of Shitla Mata heals incurable diseases.

  2. Which are the best religious places to visit in Bodh Gaya, Bihar?

    Thai Monastery- Established by Indian Buddhist monks and the Government of Thailand in 1957, Thai Monastery is one of the prime Buddhist religious places in Bihar. Featuring Thai architecture, this monastery offers an insight into the traditions & culture of Thailand.

    Mahabodhi Temple- 
    Nestled on the banks of Niranjana River, Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful brick temple was originally established by Ashoka and later re-built during colonial rule.

    Vishnupad Temple- 
    The 100 feet tall Vishnupad Temple features an octagonal shape with 8 beautifully carved pillars. This impressively architectured temple is home to the footprint of Lord Vishnu.

    Mangala Gauri Temple- 
    One of the Shakti Peethas, Mangala Gauri Temple is dedicated to Sati. Featuring an impressive architecture, this temple is built on the site, where a body part of Sati fell.

    Dungeshwari Cave Temples- 
    Also referred to as Mahakala Caves, Dungeshwari Cave Temples is believed to be the place where Gautama Buddha meditated for six years. One of the caves here shelters a golden Buddha sculpture.

  3. Which are the best temples to visit in Bihar?

    Janki Temple- Dating back to 100 years, Janki Temple lies in Sitamarhi, the birthplace of goddess Sita. The presiding deities of this temple include Lord Ram, goddess Sita, and Lord Hanuman.

    Mahavir Mandir-
    Administered and managed by Shri Mahavir Sthan Nyas Samiti, Mahavir Mandir in Patna is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Hanuman. The main temple features two idols of Lord Hanuman.

    Pataliputra Teerth- Featuring a white structure, Pataliputra Teerth is one of the most ancient Jain Temples in Bihar. The primary deity of the temple is Shri Vimalnath Swami and the shrine has a 60cm tall statue of the Jain god.

    Patan Devi-
    One of the oldest temples of the state, Patan Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga, who is also known as Maa Patneshwari. Patan Devi is counted among the 51 Siddha Shakti Pithas of India.

    ISKCON Temple-
    Also referred to as Shri Shri Radha Banke Bihari Ji Temple, ISKCON Patna is dedicated to Radha-Krishna. This temple is sprawled across a land of 2 acres and hosts regular aarti and kirtans.
  4. What is the best time to visit Bihar?

    The most ideal time for visiting Bihar is during the winter season, between the months of October and March. During this time of the year, the weather of the place is pleasant to help you with your sightseeing and other outdoor activities.
  5. How to reach Bihar?

    By Air- Jayprakash Narayan Airport (Patna) and Bodhgaya Airport (Gaya) connect Bihar to important cities across India and the world. Regular flights are available to Bihar from prime cities of India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, & Kolkata.

    By Rail- Bihar is connected to the rest of the country by a great railway network. Main railheads of the state lie in Patna, Bhagalpur, & Gaya.

    By Road- 
    A huge network of State Highways and National Highways connect Bihar to all important regions across India.
  6. Is Bihar worth visiting?

    Yes, Bihar is totally worth visiting, thanks to its huge number of religious, historic, and archaeological sites. A host of ancient monasteries, beautiful temples, majestic dargahs, intriguing religious caves, and towering stupas make Bihar truly attractive.

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