Whether it was giving India its first Vansh or Kingdom, the Maurya Kingdom, or providing independent India its first president, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Bihar has always played an essential role in Indian history. Aryabhata, who gave the world “Zero,” was also from Bihar. Darbhanga is one of the Bihar regions having significant historical significance. Darbhanga was once the capital of the Mithila area, which is claimed to be the birthplace of Sita Mata.
What is Darbhanga Known For?
Darbhanga, The Heart of Mithilanchal, is one of the 38 districts of Bihar lying to the north of Ganga, the main river, which divides Bihar into two halves. It is a historical town with rich culture and literary tradition also mentioned in Vedas and Upanishads.
Darbhanga is the fifth largest city in India and is popularly known for its Mithila painting, folk art, and musical and literary traditions. It is said to be founded by Darbhangi Khan and the name is derived from Dwar-Banga meaning “The Gateway To Bengal”.
Because of its rich culture, heritage, architecture, and religious buildings, it is fittingly termed the Cultural Capital of Bihar. A significant portion of its trade is fish, mango, and makhana. Various Historical Places in Darbhanga attract tourists from all over the world and are popular vacation spots for Biharis.
Below Are the Top 7 Places to Visit In Darbhanga:
Kusheshwar Asthan declared a Bird Sanctuary under Wildlife Protection Act 1972 is home to 15 endangered migratory bird species from as far as Mongolia and Siberia during winter. Due to its vastness of migratory bird species like the Siberian Crane, Indian Darter, Dalmatian Pelican, etc. between November and March is one of the best Tourist Places in Darbhanga for wildlife enthusiasts.
Symbolizing Mithila Culture, Darbhanga Fort is one of the Historical Places in Darbhanga that represents great architectural work, for example, its height makes it higher than Lal Quila in New Delhi, depicting the beauty of Bihar’s rich history. The major attraction is its entrance gate which was inspired by Buland Darwaja of Fatehpur Sikri. It is said that the three sides of the Darbhanga Fort walls were completed and India gained independence from British rule while the western half of the wall was being built.
This temple is believed to have been built on the ashes of Maharaja of Darbhanga, making it a Tourist Place in Darbhanga. Shyama Kali Temple has a huge statue of the goddess Kali and temple aarti holds great significance in Hindu culture making people wait for hours to join that aarti. A huge number of devotees can be seen here during the days of Navratri. Six temples built around a central pond are an addition to the beauty of this place.
The museum is believed to be one of the historical places in Darbhanga. To know about history, have a look at the displayed rare artifacts that held important places during the historical days. Chandradhari Museum situated on the north bank of Lake Mansarovar is a beautiful and amazing place depicting the glorious history of Bihar and a great weekend getaway for history buffs and lovers of culture.
All the rare artifacts and other invaluable objects for the establishment of this museum are believed to have been donated by the Late Chandradhari Singh of Ranti Dyordhi (Madhubani). The Chandradhari Museum is divided into 11 galleries that house unique artifacts made of glass, wood, stone, ivory, brass, and other materials, as well as a textile gallery showing traditional dresses of the Mithila region, a miniature painting gallery, and a modern painting gallery.
Yet another historical place in Darbhanga, Ahilya Asthan is a Hindu temple dedicated to Ahilya, wife of Gautam Maharishi. There is a famous story that we used to hear during our childhood days of Gautam Maharishi cursing his wife for lying like a stone which used to be Maharishi’s hut until Lord Ram’s feet touched the stone and once this happened, she turned back into Ahalya. This temple showcases beautiful and excellent patterns and designs of ancient Indian art and architecture. Ramnavami is celebrated here with full enthusiasm every year.
Khinkali Temple, the temple of goddess Kali is 1.5 km to the west of Darbhanga railway Station. Established during the era of Raj Darbhanga, prayer to goddess Kali is offered here using Tantrik methods. It is said that no devotee returns empty-handed from this temple and so it is visited by people during the entire year, especially during Navratri when special worship takes place receiving a huge crowd of worshippers.
- Brahmpur Village:
Bihar holds a significant place in history, especially during Ramayana and Mahabharata. Brahmpur village is one of the tourist places in Darbhanga that flashes light on the events that occurred in history which makes it a historical and important place for the people of Bihar.
This village is famous for its kind called Gautam Kund which is believed to have been dug by Lord Brahma through seven arrows for Gautam Rishi and so this kind has immense importance in Hindu culture.
Darbhanga has always been known for its Mithila or Madhubani painting, folk, and literary art, Mango of Malda variety, Fish, Makhana also known as Fox Nuts or Lotus seeds. Taking into account its historical values, Darbhanga is Bihar’s most visited city whether by foreigners or locals.
There are various places to visit in Darbhanga and take a walk through its glorious history and enjoy folk music and dance, shop for souvenirs like Madhubani paintings, and enjoy delicacies like Thekua and Makhane ki kheer.
The craze for the history and culture of Bihar among people from around the world attracts a huge number of tourists around the year to come and see the historical places in Darbhanga thus encouraging Darbhanga tourism.