Purnia is one of the fast developing cities in the Indian state of Bihar. After Patna, it is the most famous destination for tourism, sightseeing and for exploring the large number of temples and shrines. Its Mughal and colonial history has several tales to narrate along with the many monuments and tourist spots in the city. It became an important center of contact with other states of eastern and north eastern India when it was a military province. However, in recent times it has also emerged as a major economic hub with its shopping complexes and agricultural produce like jute and banana.
Bihar, a beautiful state in the east of our country, is the most flocked by tourists for vacations as well as religious tours. An important trade, commercial, educational and economical contributor, Bihar is also ahead in offering tourist destinations. One of these many tourist places is Purnia, the biggest city in the north-eastern part of the state.
The word ‘Purnia’ translates to ‘full jungle’, ‘Purna’ means ‘full’ and ‘Aranya’ means ‘forest’ in the dialect of Sanskrit. Purnia is a sought-after tourist destination and here, we give you the best places to visit when in Purnia.
Tourist Attractions in Purnia
Line Bazaar : This district serves as the multi centre medical treatment facility, since almost all types of specialty doctors and physicians reside and practice here. The biggest and most modern nursing homes and hospitals are located in and around this landmark. Ultra-modern Sardar Hospital and Doctors and Hospital Max 7 are located here. Line Bazaar also has a huge number of shops and outlets to satisfy all needs of local consumers’ and tourists. People from all over the continent come to receive medical care here.
Puran Devi Maa Temple : A place of religious interest, this temple is dedicated to Puran Devi Maa. She is a form of fierce Kali Goddess. She takes the form of nine different Goddesses. The idol is adorned with beautiful jewellery and traditional Indian saris. The Shiv Ling present here is also worshipped by devotees. This temple is the oldest one of the city. She is considered as the deity of the city, because of her name. The inner chambers of the temple hold elephant tasks, linked to the story of the formation of the temple. A long time back, hundred goats were beheaded here in the name of sacrifice to please the Goddess. The festivals of Durga Pooja and Diwali are celebrated with a lot of pomp and fanfare.
Forbesganj : A famous commercial place, this town holds importance in terms of its placement. This small town is located at a mere 12 kms from the city of Biratnagar in Nepal. Ironically, its name come from the ruler who presided over the town named Forbes. After independence, to give the town a more Indian oriented way, it was renamed as Forbesganj. The town is architecturally well defined and planned and British influence and relics still remain in many buildings and places. The lives of citizens still remain unchanged tradition wise, but progress can be seen in lifestyle due to economic, medical and touristic advancement. Major tourist places to visit here are College Chowk, Badi Masjid, Dal Bangla, Gandhi Maidan, etc.
Manihari : Previously known as Maniharan, this village holds an essential place in Hindu mythology. It is said that Lord Krishna, while travelling through these parts, had lost a valuable here. In Sanskrit, ‘Mani’ means jewel. Hence, the name stayed. Situated on the banks of the River Ganga, this place is famous for Manihari Ghat, a beautiful picnic spot. Due to heavy monsoons, the town is drenched and almost flooded every year due to heavy water flow in the river. Notable places to see here are the annual fair during full moon, Maharishi Mehi Ashram, Gogabill lake, Peer Mazar, etc.
Jalalgarh Fort : Built in the year 1722, Jalalgarh Fort is quadrangle shaped, was once the night and glory of the royal family of Purnia. The then Nawab, Saif Khan had built the fort strategically, to defend the city against Nepali invasion. This 300 year old ruin is still visited by many enthusiastic tourists. The sheer beauty, left even in the remains, holds evidence of Hindi as well as Islamic examples of architecture. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has already ordered to start restoration work of the fortress, to try and compensate the state it is now.
Best Time to Visit Purnia
The best times to visit Purnia for ideal weather are November to March based on average temperature.
How to Reach Purnia?
By Air : Purnia does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport. Bagdogra (135 km), Patna (231 km)
By Rail : You can easily get regular trains to Purnia from other major cities of the country.
By Road : There are regular buses from other major cities of the country to Purnia.