Situated about 13 km from the district headquarters,zeeradei is
known as the birthplace of India's first president Dr. Rajendra
Prasad,who was later conferred Bharat Ratna. Popularly called
Rajendra babu by his friends and followers, Dr Prasad was a symbol
of simplicity,truth and dedication.
This place is known as the native residence of Maulana Mazharul
Haq,one of the greatest freedom fighters of the country and a symbol
of Hindu-Muslim unity
Anand Bagh Math & Sunder Bagh Math
Situated at Bakhri village in Siswan block of Siwanthe two temples
are in fact "samadhi sthals" of two renowned saints,Swami Jaggannath
Das ji and his guru Bhagwan das ji.Both the temples are located near
the Daha river and thousands of devotees visit these temples every
year.On auspicious days,there's a huge rush of people as devotees
from far flung places like Uttar Pradesh,West Bengal and New Delhi
besides saran,Gopalganj,Jehanabad and Ara in Bihar come here.
Mahendra Nath Temple
Situated in Mehdar village under Siswan block, about 32 km south
from the district headquarters, Mahendra Nath temple of Lord Shiva
attracts visitors,including foreigners, from far flung areas.
Situated about 27 km south from the district head
quarters,Raghunathpur is the place where Lord Rama is believed to
have taken rest after killing demon Tarka near Buxar.Later, Lord
Rama proceeded to Janakpur Dham after crossing river Saryu.
This place symbolises the affectionate relationship between a
brother and his sister.There exists a temple of brother-sister at
Bhikhabandh village under the Maharjganj block of the
district.According to folklore,a brother and sister laid down their
lives fighting Mughals in the 14th century
There's an old Shiva temple in Mahadeva locality of Siwan town which
houses a "panchmukhi" or five faced Shivalinga. Locals insist the
Shivlinga in the temple come out of the earth.One can also see the
faces of Brahma,Vishnu and Mahesh on the Shivalinga. Hundreds of
devotees throng this temple every day.On Mahashivratri,a fair is
also held here.
Burhiya Mai Temple
Located on east-northern portion of Gandhi Maidan in Siwan town,
this temple draws huge crowd of devotees, especiallyon
Saturdays.Locals believe one's wishes are fulfilled after
worshipping the deity here. Offerings include new
saris,fruits,flowers and coconuts.
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.
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 Kartik Purnima.
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
Kaurav’s and Pandav’s.
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.
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
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.
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 leprosy cured.
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.