MosquesThe people of Patna embraces all religions. This is evident from the present of masjids and dargahs in the city
Pathar ki Masjid
Pathar ki Masjid was built by the first prince of Mughal Empire Pervej who was the elder brother of Shahjahan in 1621. It is one of the most visited shrine of the Islamic community. The mosque is made of stone and is the city’s oldest mosque. The mosque lies on the bank of river Ganga near the Takht Shri Harmandir Saheb. The mosque is also called as Saif Khan’s mosque, Chimmi ghat and Sangi Masjid.
How to Reach Pathar ki Masjid
As the road leading to the shrine is narrow, it is difficult to park rented or private vehicles. The mosque can be reached easily by auto rickshaws. It is 7-8 km from Patna Railway Junction, 9-10 km from Mithapur, 12-13 km from Patna airport.
Sher Shah Suri Masjid
Sher Shah Suri Masjid represents the Afghan style of architecture. The mosque is also known by the name of Sher Shahi as it was built by Sher Shah Suri to commemorate his reign. It was constructed in between 1540-1545. The central dome situated in the middle of the roof of the mosque is surrounded by four small domes. The distinctive feature of this Afghani design is that only three domes are visible when seen from any one of the angles. The mosque is an important landmark of Patna city.
Maner Sharif is a small town situated at a distance of 25 km from the western side of Patna city. The town has two noted tombs, namely Shah Daulat (Chhoti dargah) and Makhdoom yahya Maneri (also called as Bari dargah). Detailed scriptures of the holy Quran is inscripted on the building of Maner Sharif.
Bihar Sharif is widely known for the Sufi saint Sheikh Sharfuddin Yahya Maneri’s shrine. The region was the capital of the Pala dynasty. During the Mughal period, it served as the seat of Muslim governors. It is located 75 km away from Patna and is at a distance of 13 km from the ruins of Nalanda. The people throng the region during the Langot Fair at Baba Maniram Akhara. Odantapuri (an important vihara) is a college of Buddhist learning from which the state of Bihar was named, located near to Bihar Sharif.
This is the most frequented site of Sufi saints, who had contributed chiefly in making Bihar, especially Phulwari Sharif, one of the most visited religious, social and cultural centers. The Sufi saints traveled from place to place and spread the message of love and affection. This place is believed to be the inception of Sufi culture in India. The Sangi Mosque, built by the Mughal Emperor Humayun, attracts Muslim tourists from across the world.