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Patna – An Ancient Seat of Learning and Knowledge
Places of Tourist Interest in Patna
Patan Devi Temple: This magnificent temple basically consists of two temples, namely the Bari Patan Devi Temple and the. Chowk area of the city, the temple is thronged by countless visitors especially on saptami, ashtami and navami. According to legend, the naming of the city of Patna was largely influenced by the presence of the Patan Devi temple in the area. The Chhoti Patan Devi Temple, situated right in the Chowk area, features several statues of Lord Ganesh, Surya and Lord Vishnu. The Bari Patan Devi Temple is placed in the vicinity of River Ganga and features black stone sculptures of Mahakali, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Saraswati and Bhairav near the entrance.
Agam Kuan: This oldest archeological site of Patna is also renowned for its great significance. The well, which dates back to the time of the great Mauryan King Ashoka, is also known as the “unfathomable well” and is situated in the vicinity of Shitala Devi Temple, a famous and ancient Hindu temple. The well has a depth of nearly 105 ft deep and its perimeter covers an area of 20 ft. The upper half of the well is covered with a brick layer of nearly 44 ft, which is secured with the help of wooden rings. In addition, the surface structure features eight arched windows. As per the local legend, the well was constructed by King Ashoka for torturing people and he also used this well to drown his 99 brothers, so that he could become the King of the Mauryan Empire.
Golghar: This beehive shaped building was constructed by Captain John Garstin in 1786, with the intention of using it as a store house. The structure of the building was inspired by the stupa style of architecture, and features a base having a width of nearly 125m while walls are approximately 3.6 m thick.
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