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1. Vikramshila


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Known to be one of the most prominent Buddhist learning centres during the Pala Empire, Vikramshila was established as a measure when the quality of education at Nalanda started declining. Found by the Pala King Dharmapala sometime between the 8th and 9th century, Vikramshila was a part of the network of the five important learning centres of the era, and it was home to more than 100 teachers and 1000 students.

2. Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary

Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary

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Located in the Bhagalpur District of Bihar, Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary is stretched over a span of 50 km of the river Ganges, starting from Sultangunj to Kahalgaon. The Sanctuary was established in the year 1991 to protect the endangered species of Gangetic Dolphins which were once found in abundance, but now only a few hundreds of them have survived.

3. Mandar Parvat

Mandar Parvat

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Mandara Parvat (Hill) is located about 48 km to the south of Bhagalpur city in Bihar. Mandara is a nearly 750 feet tall granite hill, and according to a mythological text, Bhagalpur was the place where Samudra Manthan took place, and the Devatas and the Asuras churned the ocean of milk using Mount Mandara to obtain Elixir. The Serpent King Vasuki is said to have offered himself to be used as a rope to churn the ocean of milk, and the faint impressions of a coil on the Mandara hill stand as a proof of this story. One of the Purana says that Lord Vishnu Defeated the demon Madhu and placed the hill which is now known as Mandara, over him. The conch shell, Panchajanya, which marked the start of the war of Mahabharata is believed to have been obtained from the Shankha Kunda. Kalidasa refers to Vishnu’s foot marks on Mount Mandara in his epic Kumarasambhava. The Hill happens to have numerous sculptures of Hindu Gods cut into its Rocks. A belief among the Jains depicts that the 12th Tirthankara, Vasupujya attained Nirvana at the peak of the same hill.

4. Kuppaghat Ashram

Kuppaghat Ashram

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Kuppaghat is a place located by the banks of the holy river Ganges in Bhagalpur, Bihar. Kuppaghat translates to “cave by the banks of a river” and accordingly has a cave which is believed to have been used by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans as a place for meditation. Kuppaghat has been transformed in the later years as Maharshi Mehi Ashram and has grown to be a pilgrimage for the Followers of Santmat. Every year on the occasion of the Birth Anniversary of Maharshi Mehi, Maharshi Santsevi who was Mehi’s successor and on Guru Purnima, the Ashram is visited by many devotees. This dearness of the devotees made the Ashram as the National Headquarters of Akhila Bharatiya Santmat-Satsang. The Kuppaghat Ashram has a well-maintained garden and Orchard with sculptures and paintings of scenes depicting Lord Rama’s visit to Shabari and also of Jatayu’s death in the hands of Ravana along with spiritual quotes.

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5. Ajgaivinath Temple

Ajgaivinath Temple

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Ajgaivinath Temple, located in Sultanganj, is one of the most famous Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Idol in the main temple of Ajgaibnath is believed to be Swayambhu (Self-manifester). The temple has been associated with Muni Jahnu, as a belief says that the Idol in the Ajgaivinath Temple protruded in Jahnu Muni’s ashram. There is a story which says that when Muni Jahnu was meditating in his ashram, the Ganges on her way to the ocean disturbed Jahnu with the ripples of her waves. Muni Jahnu is believed to have swallowed the whole river, and Muni Bhagirath saved the Ganges by making an incision on Jahnu’s thighs to make way for the Ganges. Thus river Ganges received the name Jahnavi.

6. Budhanath Temple

Budhanath Temple

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Budhanath temple is one of the main attractions of around Bhagalpur, and it is located on the banks of Uttaravahini Ganga (The Northward flowing Ganges). Budhanath happens to be one of the oldest temples of the region and welcomes a great inflow of devotees throughout the year. Baba Budhanath is referred to in the Shiva Puranas as Bal Vridheshwarnath in the first of the eight segments. The Shiva Linga that resides in the temple is believed to have been self-manifested as it is not known about the birth of the Shivalinga.

7. Champapur Jain Temple

Champapur Jain Temple

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The Champapur Digambar Jain Mandir dedicated to Vasupujya, the 12th Tirthankara is located in Nathnagar of Bhagalpur city and happens to be an ancient and Historical Teerth Kshetra. It is believed that al the five Kalyanakas of Vasupujya Tirthankara took place in Champapur itself. Champapur is said to have been the capital of the Anga Kingdom ruled by Karna, the sixth Pandava. The Main temple of Champapur is believed to be about 2500 years, adorned with five altars symbolising the Five Kalyanaka. There are two spectacular ‘Columns of Fame’ that have survived among the four that existed on each corner of the compound. The most recent addition to the sculptures is the 31 feet tall statue of Vasupujya that was built under the guidance of a Charitable trust based in Nagaland.

8. Khanqah e Shahbazia

Khanqah e Shahbazia

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Situated beside the Bhagalpur Railway Station, Khanqah e Shahbazia is a place visited by numerous people of all faiths every year. Khanqah e Shahbazia is a mosque, and a shrine of the Sufi Shahbaz Rahmattullah who is considered to be one of the 40 sacred Sufis sent to spread the message of Allah. The Mosque was built by Aurangzeb and was frequently visited by him. Every Thursday, visitors assemble at the place to be blessed. Most of the visitors are said to be from the eastern parts of India and Bangladesh. There is a belief that the water in a pond here has medicinal qualities that can cure illness and snake bites. Archeological Survey of India has discovered some ancient manuscripts from the Basement of Khanqah e Shahbazia.

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What are the top sightseeing places in Bhagalpur?

The top sightseeing places in Bhagalpur are Vikramshila, Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary, Mandar Parvat, Kuppaghat Ashram, Ajgaivinath Temple, Budhanath Temple.
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