Friday, November 04, 2005

Religions originated from bihar

Bihar is also the birthplace of many religions, including Buddhism and Jainism.

The word "Bihar" has its origin in the Sanskrit word Vihara meaning Monastries or as of now Buddhist Monasteries. Buddha attained the Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya, a town located in the modern day district of Gaya. Buddha started spreading his teaching after attaining the Enlightenment at Bodh Gaya.


Mahavira, the founder of Jainism, was born in Vaishali.


When we speak of Bihar we are remembered of ancient India when Buddhism was evolving into what now is an universal religion. At one time in the epoch of history these "viharas" were all strewn over the landscape of Bihar, around villages and cities alike. Patna its capital city today, Patliputra in those times, was home to one of the greatest monarchs in the history of the world who ruled over much of the Indian subcontinent and extended as far as Iran and Afghanistan to the West.


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