Amarpur is a village situated
3 Kms. West of Darauli, in this village ruins of mosque of red bricks on the bank
of river Ghaghara are still available. This mosque was build during the reign of
Mughal Emperor Shahjahan (1626-1658) under the supervision of the Naib Amar Singh
but the work was left incomplete. The village derived its name from the builder
of the mosque Amar Singh.
Faridpur situated just near Andar
is the birthplace of Maulana Mazharul Haque who played an important role during
the freedom movement. Sadaquat Ashram in Patna, which originally belonged to him.
He was a symbol of Hindu Muslim unity.
A block headquarter now is said
to be have been founded after the name of Dara Shikoh the elder son of the Emperor
Shahjahan. It name was Daras Ali, which later on was changed into Darauli. There
is reminiscence of Mughal period ruins where a big mela is held every year on the
1. A village in the Darauli block where there are remnants of a fort, which
is said to be connected with the famous hero of the Mahabharat, Acharya Dronacharya
the guru of both Kauravís and Pandavís.
2. Where the Brahmin Dona built his stupa
Dona's stupa is a lesser-known but popular Buddhist pilgrimage site, despite its
isolated location. The Buddhist traveler Hiuen Tsang mentions a visit to Don in
his account of his travels in India. He describes the stupa as being in ruins. The
account of Dona's distribution of Buddha's ashes and being given the vessel is a
mentioned in the end of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta, which is described in Maurice
Walsh's The Long Discourses. Presently Dona's stupa is a grassy hill and has a Hindu
temple built over it, where a beautiful statue of Tara is worshipped as a Hindu
goddess. This statue was carved in the 9th century. A.D. Tourists on a Buddhist
Pilgrimage Tour are sure to appreciate the historic sight of the stupa at Don.
How to Reach
Don can be reached from Patna to Siwan via Chhapra. A day trip from Kusinagar via
Gopalganj can also be arranged.
After the Buddha's
cremation a dispute arose as to how his ashes should be divided. Eventually a brahmin
named Dona was given the task and he did it to the satisfaction of all the eight
claimants. As a reward for his services he was given the vessel in which the ashes
had been collected and from which he had divided and he announced that he would
enshrine this vessel in a stupa. This stupa later became a popular destination with
pilgrims. When Hiuen Tsiang went there it was already in ruins but it still sometimes
emitted a brilliant light. Today Dona's stupa is a large grassy mound with a Hindu
temple on it just outside the village of Don. Nearby is an exceptionally beautiful
statue of Tara now being worshipped as a Hindu goddess. This statue dates from the
9th century. To get to Don go from Patna to Siwan via Chhapra . Alternatively you
can visit Don as a day trip from Kusinara via Gopalganj. Beyond Siwan the road is
very bad. The story about Dona's division of the Buddha's ashes is in the last part
of the Mahaparinibbana Sutta which can be found in Walshe's The Long Discourses.
When you have finished in Patna cross the Ganges by the new Mahatma Gandhi Bridge
and head north to Vesali via Hajipur.
It is a village in the Hussainganj
block. It is said that Makhdum Sayyad Hasan Chisti, a saint who came from Arabia
to India and settled here, found it. He founded a Khankhah too.
It is the place of pilgrimage
for the Mohammedans. The village is so called because it contains the tomb (Dargah)
of a Mohammedan saint, Shah Arjan of Patria, in which there is some good woodwork.
The story runs that the saint, attracted by the solitude of the place, performed
a Chila here, i.e., gave himself up to religious contemplation for 40 days. He also
set up a religious establishment, which was endowed by the Emperor Aurangzeb. The
anniversary of the saint's death is celebrated the 11th of Rabi-us-sani every year
which attracts a large crowd.
A block headquarters now, it
was also called Basnauli Gangar. It is the largest bazar in the district. This was
the place where great hero of Indian Independence Movement, Shri Phulena Prasad
centralised his activity and fought against the Britishers.
A block headquarters now, there
is a celebrated Brahma Asthan, locally known as Hari Baba ka Asthan, the shrine
having been built over the relics of the saint. There is also a mound called Chananriyam
Dih from an Ahirni woman who is now worshipped in a shed built in front of the Dak
bungalow which occupies the top of the mound. The shrine is on the bank of the Jharhi
River and fairs are held in Kartik and Chaitra months. There is also a leper home
at Mairwa known as Kustha Sevasram whcih is doing useful work.
A village in Siswan Blcok, where
there is a temple of Lord Shiva & Lord Vishwakarma which is visited by the people
of the locality on the Shivaratri day & Vishwakarma Puja (17 Sept) Day. It is
known for its temple and a pond scatted over an area of more than 52 bighas. It
is said that one Nepal king built these and took his bath in the pond and got his
It is a village in the Hussainganj
Blcok. Dr.Rajendra Prasad, the first President of the Indian Republic, belonged
to this village.
A village in Maharajganj Block,
there is a big tree under the shade of which Bhaiya-Bahini temple is situated. The
story runs that these brother and sister fought Mughal sepoys in the 14th century
and died here in course of fighting.