Patna, the capital of Bihar, has a glorious history and a magnificent past. Our ancient and historical texts are replete with references about the city of Patna or Pataliputra, as was known then. Also, the city was known by other names such as Kusumpur, Pushpapur, Kusumdhvaja etc.
The place came to the prominence around 6th century B.C.and was the capital of the ancient Magadhan kingdom. Since then, its prominence continued and the great Mauryan emperor Ashoka, felt proud, Ruling from the city of Pataliputra.
Legendry political theorist Chanakya, astronomer cum mathematician Aryabhatta, Buddhist philosopher Manjushree have also adorned the land of Pataliputra. Patna is also the birthplace of Guru Govind Singh, the tenth and the last guru of the Sikhs, the place now famously known as Patna Sahib.
Geographically, Patna is situated on the south bank of the Holi river Ganges. Danapur in the west and Fatuha in the east are two prominent outposts flanking the city of Patna. On its southern side flows the river Punpun, a river famous for Pinda sacrifice and other rituals, practiced since time immemorial.
The city of Patna boasts of many places of religious significance. According to Hindu mythology during ancient ages at the junction of river Ganga and Sone, fell the thigh portion of Goddess Shakti/Durga and subsequently the place became famous as Shaktipeeth, now popularly known as Patan-devi.
Apart from it, Chhoti Patan-devi, Sheetala Mata temple at Agamkuan, Birla Mandir, Kaali Mandir, Mahavir Mandir (Hanuman/Bajrang Bali Mandir) etc. are the places of religious significance for the Hindus.