Famous Temples in Bihar
Bihar has been The Enlightenment state, equally revered by Jains and Buddhists as this state played a very important role in the life of both of these gods and shaped the destiny of the country and to an extent, the world as well. Magadha throughout history had been at the center stage of the happenings in India and though much has changed since then, only little has changed towards the devotion which these temples evoke.The list of famous temples in Bihar are in order.
1. Mahabodhi Temple, Gaya: –
Mahabodhi temple is the site where Buddha attained enlightenment and hence the star attraction is the Bodhi Tree. The temple complex also houses patron images of Surya, Shiva, and Vishnu. It is one of the most replicated Buddhist structures with replicas existing as Mahabodhi Temple, Myanmar; Zhenjue Temple, China; Wat Chet Yot Temple, Thailand. One can browse www.bodhgayatemple.com which is the official website of the committee.
2. Baidyanath Temple, Deoghar: –
One of the twelve Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is the most visited Shiva temple in Eastern India. The legend states that the temple was the site for post- funeral rituals and a center of Tantra.
This is also the site where Ravana is said to have worshiped Shiva to receive a boon and he sacrificed his heads as a token of his penance. Here Lord Shiva acted as a doctor and hence the name “Baidyanatha”. The official website babadham.org/ provides better information.
3. Jalmandir, Pawapuri: –
The last of teerthankar Lord Mahaveer, attained his nirvana here and was cremated which created a rush to collect the cremation soil at such an unprecedented scale that it created a pond. Now, a great lotus temple stands at the site. There is also a dedicated temple known by the name Samaroshan temple where Lord Mahaveer delivered its last sermon here.
4. Patna Sahib, Patna : –
Patna sahib is one of the five Takhts, i.e. the holiest shrines of Sikhism. It was built by Maharaja Ranjit Singh as a remembrance of the tenth guru of Sikhs namely Guru Gobind Singh as it said to be built over his birthplace. The Takht was also graced by the presence of Guru Nanak and Guru Tegh Bahadur. the architecture of this holy place is amazing, there is no surprise if someone says that Patna sahib is one of the best temples in Bihar.
5. Vishnupad Temple, Gaya: –
Gaya holds a position of special significance in Hinduism. It is the center for offering post-funeral rites and hence tragically is the places which are a mute witness to the scores of suffering and languish of its devotees. Prapitamaheshwar temple stands smack dab in the center of all this as the last tendril of connection to this world and yonder. Look here for more info only if you absolutely need it.
6. Garib Sthan Mandir, Muzaffarpur: –
If one has nothing he at least has Lord Shiva, this aspect of the supreme god of our pantheon forms the basis of this shrine to him. It is also known as the Baba Garibsthan Mandir and is one of the most archaic religious structure in the city. More information can be obtained at the official site http://www.garibnathdham.in/
7. Mangalagowri Temple, Gaya: –
The Manglagowri temple is one of 18 Mahashaktipeethas of India and is the epicenter of the devotion of the women-only festival Mangla Gauri Vrat. The temple situated atop the Mangla hill presiding deity Maa Mangla is the worshiped as the incarnation of benevolence.
8. Mandargiri Temple, Banka:-
The Mandargiri is extremely sacred as it formed the main instrument for the extremely famous Samudra Manthan story of Skanda Puran, The oldest temple at the site is said to be dedicated to Lord Narasimha or Narhari and in memory of 12th Jain Tirthankara Vasupujya, a Mandargiri Digambar Jain Temple is also located in the complex.
9. Janki Mandir, Sitamarhi: –
The temple holds immense significance as this is the slated place where Goddess Sita has abandoned the material world and went back to her mother-Goddess Prithvi. It is from here that Lord Rama took his two princes Luv and Kush back to Ayodhya.
10. Maa Patan Devi Temple, Patna: –
The city of Patna derives its name from this patron goddess. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Sati and is one of the 51 Shaktipeethas of the country. The religious life of the city revolves around the temple.
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