Profile of Patna

Patna, is the capital of Bihar. It is the headquarters of Patna district and Patna division and Bihar State.It is  located on the south bank of the river Ganga.It  is the centre of administration and education of Bihar.It was known as Pataliputra, in ancient times and was the citadel of learning and knowledge.Ajatsutra, the shifted his capital of the Magadha empire , from Rajgir to Pataliputra, following the prophesy made by Lord  Buddha.It became famous as the capital of the dynastic rules under the Mauryas, Guptas, Nandas, Pals and the Sungas. Patna, was associated with two of the famous  religions  – Jainism and Buddhism.

Patna, has also participated actively, in the  Indian Independence Struggle.The district of Champaran and the Indigo revolt were all part of Indian independence.Some of the famous personalities, who are from Patna  were Dr Rajendra Prasad, Jaiprakash Narayan. Bihar itself was partitioned again in 2000, when Jharkhand was  declared as a separate state of the Indian union.

Orientation
The main train station , the airport and the hotels are in the western half, called Bankipur. The historic places are in the east, the older Chowk area.

Tourism
Patna, is a major transport hub and one of the useful base for visiting the Buddhist states of Vaishali, Kesariya and Rajgir.One of the longest bridges in the world, Mahatma Gandhi  Seti, spans across the river  Ganges between Patna and Hajipur.

It has many ancients places to visit , other than places of tourist interest. It was the first city to use horse drawn transport.Radio cabs are also introduced  now.Colourful buses and A/C buses have started plying in Patna.Most of these buses are Volvo buses.The state Government has taken solid steps to encourage tourism at an unprecedented scale. Special arrangements and packages have been designed to attract tourism, especially in Budhhist and Jain centres.

Culture and lifestyle of Patna
The culture of the people is orthodox in nature . The people worship God in different ways and believe in the power of the God.People lead simple but entertaining life.People of different religion stays here.The people of Patna are crazy about watching Hindi movies , but Bhojpuri movies are equally popular.The people are also interested about other modern forms of entertainment as well.

History , culture and tradition

The museum in Patna , really adds to its glories.The repository of items reflects the ancient glory of the city.The museum has variety of thousands of exhibits like including pre and proto objects, stone sculpture, bronze items, terracotta, miniature paintings, Thanka paintings, coins, miscellaneous art objects and so on. It houses a splendid collection of stone sculptures.One will fail to appreciate the Indian art history and cultural heritage of the land without going through the collections of Patna Museum.

Festivals and Events
The historic past  of Patna is celebrated in March , in the form of the Pataliputra Mahotsave. Madhubani, 160 kms northeast of Patna, is the producer of the famous folkart of Madhubani paintings.Patna, is one of the best places in Bihar, to buy Mithila paintings.

Some others interesting informations
Patna showcases many industries that give employment to 36 lakhs people in Patna. Agriculture also plays a vital role in providing to the need of  Patna people. Road, Rail and Air Transportation very well link Patna to other parts of the country, Bihar-Patna city map not only gives the terrain features of the State, but it also shows how rich the state is, in terms of it's pride-the Colleges, Universities, National Highways. Tourists , still seek Nalanda University  for  education.


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