30 Days of Me: The Town...

Day 12 of "30 Days of Me"
A photograph of the town you live in.

Patna, originally known as Patliputra, was the capital of ancient India for many centuries, and witnessed immense prosperity under the reign of rulers like Chandragupta Maurya, Ashoka, Samudragupta and Vikramaditya. In Lord Buddha's times, it was just a village known as Pataligrama. Later, Sher Shah Suri gave it the modern name of Patna. You can see the front view of Patna Railway Station below, along with the huge and very famous Hanuman-Mandir.

Patna Junction & Hanuman Mandir
This town has been a seat of religious learning from times immemorial, and has attracted many foreign travelers, including Fa Hien from China, who visited India sometime between 399 to 414 CE. Another Chinese pilgrim, Hsüan-tsang, visited Nalanda, one of the world's most famous ancient universities, a couple of centuries later, and left a vivid account of his observations here, though at the time of his visit, the city was mostly in ruins.

Guru Gobind Birth Place, Patna
Patna is a popular Buddhist center in our country, and attracts a lot of Buddhist scholars even today. It is also one of the sacred pilgrimage spots of the Sikhs, as their tenth and last guru, Guru Gobind Singh, was born here on 22nd December, 1666. This relatively small town, with very little global presence today, also gave independent India its first President, Shri Rajendra Prasad.

Patna Museum
Patna not only boasts of a rich intellectual, archaeological and historical heritage, but has also gained fame as one of the world's most notorious cities in more recent times. Until a few years ago, kidnappings and murders were as common here as rains in London. But all that has changed drastically since the Nitish rule. In the last few years, Patna has seen such fast-paced development that it has been ranked as the 21st fastest growing city in the world and 5th fastest growing city in India by City Mayors Foundation.

Patna-Fast Developing
A lot of people, even Indians, still believe that Patna is one of the shabbiest and most undeveloped towns of the country. I would like to inform them that we not only have an international airport here (the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Airport), but also a Golf Course, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and a National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)! Here... take a look at the "night-view" of the Hanuman-Mandir in front of Patna Junction. See the amount of four-wheelers we have here now?

Hanuman Mandir, Patna

This is my 12th post for NaBloPoMo September 2011.
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