Bihar is widely known for being underdeveloped when compared with the other states of our country. It has lost its vivid cultural essence amongst politics, and people who have contributed in making it known for reasons other than what it’s core is made of.
It’s time we bring the old notion to an end and know the state for the magnanimous contribution it can make if the soul of the state is presented in front of all. Along with rapid development there, I am sure it can become one of the hottest tourist attractions.
Some of the eminent people were raised from the soil of Bihar. A few of the many stalwarts this state has given are Chandragupta Maurya, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Bismillah Khan, Ashoka and many more. What more can I say, but the much evident fact that it has given the nation people who have contributed in their respective fields and earned a good name for the country.
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Gautam Buddha attained enlightment in Bodh Gaya, clearly making the state sacred with the auspicious presence of the enlightened. The last Tirthankara of Jainism, Vardhamana Mahavira, was born in Vaishali. Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru was born in Patna. A state which has been bestowed with the blessings of the almighty, is surely a reason enough to make all the natives of Bihar feel bloated with pride.
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Madhubani Paintings, one of the greatest painting form has emerged from Bihar. I am sure the paintings if in your drawing room, would make guests praise incessantly. Such is the popularity of the Madhubani paintings, which is practiced in Mithila region of Bihar, that it has gained worldwide appreciation.
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Many scholars, writers and poets from Bihar have given India the wealth of literary work which is being acknowledged worldwide. The prominent contributors in this field are Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Devaki Nandan Khatri, Vidyapati Thakur, Bismil Azimabadi, Gopal Singh Nepali and many more.
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Bihar hosts many festivities which are a treat for the eyes. Some major festivals celebrated there are Chhath, Teej and Chitragupta Puja. The fervour amalgamated with the folk songs make it the heritage of our country which we can proudly boast of. Isn’t it a pleasure to be a part of such religious celebrations? Other than the festivals, fairs are organized with grandeur. Some of the famous fairs that people look forward to are Pitrapakh Fair, Sonepur Fair.
The presence of innumerable monuments adds to the rich heritage of Bihar, is a reminiscence of India’s history. Prominent university such as Nalanda University is renowned for being visited by quintessential people. Noted tourist destinations are Anand Stupa (which has the much famous Ashoka Pillar), Patna Planetarium, Mahabodhi Temple and more. Not only will one get a taste of India’s vivid culture but also the pilgrimage destinations will revive the religious self.
Bihari cuisines are not only diverse but along with the mouthwatering food, you also get the taste of the age old traditions and rituals, during which the food is devoured. Some of the sweets will just tempt you to have a piece and more. Apart from the famous litti chokha there is the much delicious Dal Pitha. Popular snack items include Chiwda, Makhana, Sattu and sweets such as Malpua, Khaja, Thekua, Tilkut. What more can I say that the yum food sums up the cultural significance the state carries.