The capital of Bihar – ‘Patna’ is a historic city with a glorious past that has few parallels. Founded back in the 5th century by the Magadha monarch, the city was called Pataliputra, and it emerged as a center of learning and Buddhism. Once the abode of the eminent scholars like Aryabhata and Chanaynka, this city has undergone many upheavals, over the centuries. The present Patna will seem an eclectic amalgamation of the bygone past and modern civilization to your eyes.
On a recent trip to Sri Lanka, every Buddhist temple had the mention of a place called “Bodhgaya” as one of the most holy Buddhists sites across the globe. Such a revered place happens to be India itself, in the state of Bihar. And while most of us stereotype Bihar for its corruption and crime – we often fail to see that it is also home to “Bodhgaya” – where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, and most scholars visit only to study Buddhism.