Darbhanga: A Cultural capital of Bihar

darbhanga jnOne of the significant cities of North Bihar located in the heart of Mithilanchal. Darbhanga is a wonderful tourist destination in Bihar. Beautiful architectural marvels and religious places, rich with musical form, folk arts and century’s old traditions, it is called as the cultural capital of Bihar. The name Darbhanga is a combination of two words- “Dwar” meaning gate and “Banga” meaning Bengal, giving way to “Gateway of Bengal”. It is located between the lower ranges of the Himalayas and Ganga River; 50 km away from Nepal country. Do not get surprised if you come across songs written by well-known Maithili poet Vidyapati on social occasions. Darbhanga is also known for its mangoes, especially Maldah variety.

Iconic Places of Darbhanga:

  1. Kusheshwar Asthan Bird Sanctuary

kusheshwar asthan bird sanctuary

It is a perfect tourist spot for all the wildlife lovers. It included 14 villages that come under Kusheshwar Asthan block in Darbhanga, these places remain waterlogged most of the times. These wetlands are winter capital to at least 15 endangered species of migratory birds from places as far as Mongolia and Siberia. Under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, these villages (spreading over 7019.75 acres) have been declared as Kusheshwar Asthan Bird Sanctuary. You can spot Dalmatian Pelican, Indian Darter, Barheaded goose, Siberian Crane and many more birds between November to March. Kusheshwar Shiva Temple lies nearby from which the name of this place is derived.

  1. Ahilya Asthan

The holy place stands in a village called Ahiyagram which along with the temple is said to date back to the time of Ramayana. It is named on Ahilya, wife of Gautam Rishi. According to mythology, he had cursed her to turn into a stone. But when Lord Rama’s feet touched the stone on his way to Mithila, she regained her human form. This famous temple is situated at a distance of 3 km from the Railway Station of Kamtaul in the Jail block. Ramnavmi is celebrated here with very enthusiasm every year in late March-early April. Besides this temple, the village hosts many other temples and mosques.

  1. Chandradhari Museum

If you are a history lover, Chandradhari Museum is a perfect place to gather information about the ancient period of this region. You will be mesmerized by the 11 galleries that contain rare artefacts made of glass, metal, wood, ivory and clay along with coins of different ages and library facilities. Established in 1957, it is located on the eastern bank of Mansarovar Lake. Costly gems and stones are showcased in the natural history section. Statues of Buddha from Nepal and Tibet, brass statues of gods and goddesses and rare paintings on themes from the Ramayana and Jaidev’s Geet-Govinda are some of the highlights of this place. There is no entry fee and it is closed only on Mondays.

  1. Darbhanga Fort

darbhanga fort

A wonderful tourist destination bounded by beautiful mango trees, Darbhanga Fort is another attraction of this beautiful city. This imposing heritage monument is a large complex which used to be the residence of Darbhanga Royal family of Zamindars. Successors of the royal clan still stay inside the fort. Also known as Raj Qila, it hosts numerous palaces like Ram Bagh Palace and Nargona Palace. Modelled a􀁸er the fort in Fatehpur Sikri, the fort houses Kankali Temple. Darbhanga is the most captivating tourist spot in North Bihar with historical sites, magnificent palaces, exotic wildlife and unique culture.

  1. Shyama Kali Temple

shyma mai mandir

If you are looking for absolute holiness, the beautiful and appealing ground of the Lalit Narayan Mithila University that hosts the Shyama Kali Temple is the right place for you. Built in the year 1933, also known as Shyama Mai, this place buzzes with a lot of activities and festivity in December for the annual Shyama Mai festival. Believed to have been built in the funeral ashes of Maharaja of Darbhanga, the temple complex has 6 temples built around a central pond (said to be made up of water of 7 rivers). Wide expanse, lush greenery with multiple temple structures greets you giving a soulful experience and positive energy. It is also believed that Goddess Kali grants wish of those who pray with full faith and belief.

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