Many Indians often look down or criticize the people of Bihar. They think Biharis are inferior to them and often make fun of them, sometimes even mistreat them. They are being stereotyped, discriminated and often considered as uncivilized people. However, there are many of us Indians who simply talk, bark and hate with others without knowing much or anything about the place and its people. In fact, there are many firsts, famous and interesting things in Bihar which are, in many ways, better than many other states in the country. In this post, we take a look at some of them that will probably make you respect the land and its people.
1. Bihar’s ancient city Vaishali is considered to be the first republic in the world.
In the Mahabharata, as well as in Buddhism and Jainism, the ancient city is also mentioned.
2. It is home to an oldest Hindu temple in the country.
Bihar is home to the oldest Hindu temples in India – Mundeshwari.
3. The concept of non-violence was originated from Bihar.
The most enchanting idea in mankind’s history came from here. Around 2600 years ago, it was Lord Mahavira and Lord Buddha who raised this idea. The birthplace of two religions-Jainism and Buddhism-is also Bihar.
4. The word Bihar has been derived from a Sanskrit word.
It is derived from the word Vihara, which means ‘abode’ in Sanskrit and Pali.
5. It is the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh.
Bihar is the birthplace of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, and Harmandir Takht, the holiest place of the Sikhs, is in Patna.
6. Bihar was the centre of trade and culture during the Vedic period.
During those days, the main kingdoms were Magadha, Vaishali, Mithila / Videha, Anga, Sakyapradesh, Vijji and Janaka.
7. Bihar is an epicentre of knowledge.
In the ancient era, Bihar was the epicentre of learning, culture and strength. The University of Nalanda, which once attracted students from around the world, is in Patna.
8. Biharis are excellent in mathematics.
In mathematics, people from Bihar are considered highly intelligent.
9. It is an IAS producing factory
Bihar is considered to be the country’s second most IAS generating plant from which dozens of individuals cleared the prestigious examinations every year.
10. The once famous Nalanda library is located in Bihar.
This library once attracted individuals from all over the world. It was, however, set on fire under his orders by the army of Bakhtiyar Khilji, the Turkish Afghan military general of Qutb al-Din Aibak. The library was so large that for three months it continued to burn, destroying over nine million books.
11. Bihar is among the most fertile land in the world.
The Bihar plains are one of the most fertile lands in the world, created by mighty rivers such as Ganga, Koshi and Gandak.
12. Bihar is home to the world’s longest WI-FI range.
Bihar has built the longest Wi-Fi range in the country, 20 km, in its state capital of Patna.
13. It’s a travellers destination.
In Bihar, there are many attractions, such as the Sher Shah Suri tomb and Maner Sharif, which describes the elegance of Mughal architecture, and the Bodhi tree, under which Gautama illuminated and became Buddha. Bihar should be on every traveller’s list.
14. Vibrant Chhath festival.
Chhath is the primary Bihar festival that has been celebrated since ancient Vedic times. Lord Surya and Chhathi Maiya are dedicated to the festival. It is also a popular sign of a community in Bihar.
15. Delectable cuisines.
The mouth-watering Litti Chokha of Bihari is enough to make your day.
16. And lastly, the famous and unique Bihari accent.
One of the most common accents in the country is the Bihari accent. In many Bollywood movies, we can hear many fascinating dialogues in the Bihari dialect, such as ‘PK’,’ Wasseypur Gangs’,’ Gangaajal’.