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Patna: A Photo Essay

Patna or ancient Pataliputra became Magadha’s capital after the Kings realised the importance of Ganges as a mode of transportation. Rajgir, the initial capital was closer to the mines that were located down south. However, with the rise of Pataliputra, it faded away. When modern Bihar was formed, Patna was a natural choice to be the capital. Theses pictures are from my one day roaming around in Patna.

Gandhi Ghat: Patna
Gandhi Ghat: Patna
Namami Ganga graffiti seen on the walls near Ganga
Namami Ganga graffiti seen on the walls near Ganga
Boat Ride in the Ganges
Boat Ride in the Ganges
At many places you can see the legends and myths illustrated. Here is the picture of “Palazhimadhana”, the churning of the Ocean “Palazhi”, atop Kurma (tortoise) avatara of Vishnu. The white ones are Devas and the dark skinned are the Asuras
Khaja, a sweet dish available almost everywhere in Bihar
Khaja, a sweet dish available almost everywhere in Bihar
The cycle rickshaws are one of the most popular means of transport in Patna
The cycle rickshaws are one of the most popular means of transport in Patna
The Gandhi museum in Patna is a memorial to the great son of India.
The Gandhi museum in Patna is a memorial to the great son of India.
The Gol Ghar meant to be a Granary to combat the famines that used to ravish India during British Rules. But no more granaries like this were built. The famines would continue until India became independent
The Gol Ghar meant to be a Granary to combat the famines that used to ravish India during British Rules. But no more granaries like this were built. The famines would continue until India became independent
Even though an ancient city, Pataliputra has premier institutes like National Institute of Technology, Patna now
Even though an ancient city, Pataliputra has premier institutes like National Institute of Technology, Patna now
Mahavir Mandir: Though the name echoes the Jain Tirthankara, it is a Hindu Temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman
Mahavir Mandir: Though the name echoes the Jain Tirthankara, it is a Hindu Temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman

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