Art and Culture of Patna
As with all Indian cities, almost all Indian festivals are celebrated here with much grandeur and fervor. Patna has people belonging to different religious segments,hence Hindu festivals of Holi, Dusshera, Diwali, Rath Yatra, Laxmi Puja; Muslim festivals of Eid, Muharram and Ramzan; Sikh festival of Guru Nanak Gurpurab; Christian festival of Christmas, Buddha Purnima, Mahavir Jayanti are all celebrated here. These festivals add charm and colour to this historical city giving secular look to the city.
Languages in Patna
Art & Architecture in Patna
The architecture of the city is dotted with buildings belonging to various historical periods. Glimpses of past history can be seen at Kumhrar, Agam Kuan where remains of Mauryan period can be seen. You can also find number of monuments belonging to Afgan and Mughal architecture. Pathar ki Masjid is a glaring example of Afgan architecture while Begu Hajjam Mosque belong to Mughal era. The Golghar Patna High Court, Secretariat building reflects the architecture of British era. Patna is famous for Madhubani paintings or Mithila paintings where fingers, brushes, twigs, nib-pens, and matchsticks are used to paint pictures, using natural dyes and pigments. It is a traditional style of painting practiced in the Mithila region of Bihar state. The painting are characterized by geometrical patterns which are pleasing to the eyes. There are paintings to accomplish every occasion and festival including Birth, Marriage, Holi , Kali Puja, Durga Puja etc.
Religions in Patna
Sikhism: Harmandir Takhat/ Patna Sahib
Islam-Pathar ki Masjid, Begu Hajjam Mosque
Literature in PatnaBeing
a center for art and learning, Patna has a rich literary history. Many
famous poets and writers in Indian history belongs to thisregion.
VidyapatiThakur ( 14–15th) century a renowned poet of Maithili, Indian
writer in English. Upamanyu Chatterjee are all from this place. Devaki
Nandan Khatri, author of many famous Indian novels including
Chandrakanta and Chandrakanta Santati, belonged to Bihar. Another
renowned Maithili writer is Usha Kiran Khan.
Local Festivals and Fairs in Patna
Apart from the regular Indian festivals, Patna is famous for few annual events and local festivals that are held in and around the city. Chatt Puja/ Chatt Festival is an important festival of the region. It is celebrated on the 6th day of Diwali. Ram Navami, Sama-Chakeva, Makar-Sankranti, Madhushravani, Teej are also celebrated with much enthusiasm. Patliputra Mahotsava is another major festival here. This festival showcases the art and culture of Bihar through various folk dance and song performances.
Folk Songs and Dances in Patna
There are plenty of folk songs that are sung on special days. These are often accompanied by Dholak, Bansuri , and Tabla. Holi songs known as 'Phagua' is also quite popular here .
Cuisines of PatnaThe
staple food of Patna is roti, bhat, dal, tarkari and achar. This simple
and wholesome meal is nothing but flat Indian bread made of wheat
flour, rice, lentil curry, vegetables, and pickle. The meals are cooked
using mustard oil/”sarson kateil”. Another popular dish is the Khichdi,
a broth of rice and lentils which is seasoned with spices. This is the
most preferred lunch of Patna. Other popular dishes include “litti-
chokha” which is made of boiled potatoes and sweet delicacies like
Anarasa, Belgrami, Motichoor ka Ladoo, Kala Jamun, Kesaria Peda, Khaja,
Parwalka Mithai, Pua & Mal Pua, Thekua, Amla ka Murabba and
Tilkut. These dishes are packed with the flavors of the land and have
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