Many Indians often look down or criticize about the people of Bihar. They think Biharis are inferior to them and often make fun of them, sometimes even mistreat them. They are being stereotyped, discriminated and often considered as uncivilized people. However, there are many of us Indians who simply talk, bark and hate with others without knowing much or anything about the place and its people. In fact, there are many firsts, famous and interesting things in Bihar which are, in many ways, better than many other states in the country. In this post, we take a look at some of them that will probably make you respect the land and its people.
1. Bihar’s ancient city Vaishali is considered to be the first republic in the world.
The ancient city is also mentioned in the Mahabharata as well as in Buddhism and Jainism.
2. It is home to oldest Hindu temple in the country.
Bihar is home to the oldest Hindu temples in India – Mundeshwari.
3. The concept of non-violence was originated from Bihar.
The most enchanting thought in the history of mankind was originated from here. It was Lord Mahavira and Lord Buddha who raised this idea about 2600 years ago. Bihar is also the birthplace of two religions – Jainism and Buddhism.
4. The word Bihar has been derived from a Sanskrit word.
It is derived from Sanskrit and Pali word Vihara, which means “abode”.
5. It is the birth place of Guru Gobind Singh.
Bihar is the birthplace of tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, and the holy place of Sikhs, Harmandir Takht, is in Patna.
6. Bihar was the center of trade and culture during the Vedic period.
Magadha, Vaishali, Mithila/Videha, Anga, Sakyapradesh, Vijji, Janaka were the major kingdoms during those days.
7. Bihar is an epicentre of knowledge.
Bihar was the epicenter of learning, culture and power in the ancient period. Nalanda University, which once attracts students from all over the world, is in Patna.
8. Biharis are excellent in mathematics.
People of Bihar are considered highly intellectual in Mathematics.
9. It is an IAS producing factory
Bihar is considered as the second most IAS producing factory in the country from where dozens of people cleared the prestigious exams every year.
10. The once famous Nalanda library is located in Bihar.
This library once attracted people from across the word. However, it was set on fire by the army of Bakhtiyar Khilji, a Turko Afghan military general of Qutb al-Din Aibak, under his command. The library was so huge that it kept on burning for three months and destroyed over nine million manuscripts.
11. Bihar is among the most fertile land in the world.
Formed by mighty rivers like Ganga, Koshi and Gandak, Bihar plains are among the most fertile land in the world.
12. Bihar is home to world’s longest WI-FI range.
Bihar has installed the world’s longest Wi-Fi range, 20kms, in its state capital Patna.
13. It’s a travelers destination.
There are many attractions in Bihar such as the tomb of Sher Shah Suri and Maner Sharif, which defines the beauty of Mughal architecture, and Bodhi tree, under which Gautama enlightened and become Buddha. Bihar should be in the list of every traveler.
14. Vibrant Chhath festival.
Chhath is the main festival of Bihar which is being celebrated since ancient Vedic times. The festival is devoted to Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya. It is also the iconic symbol of Bihar culture.
15. Delectable cuisines.
Bihari’s mouth-watering litti chokha is enough to make your day.
16. And lastly, the famous and unique Bihari accent.
Bihari accent is one of the most popular ones in the country. We can hear many interesting dialogues in Bihari accent in many Bollywood movies, like ‘PK’, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’, ‘Gangaajal’.
The above facts are enough to open the eyes of those many Indians out there who feel Bihar is less than anything.