Monday, May 16, 2011

Vaishali: It all started from here…

In a recent survey when this fact was revealed that there was more number of foreigner tourists to Bihar than Goa, I was pleasantly surprised. Two places immediately stuck in my mind, one is Vaishali and another one is Bodhgaya. I had spent my childhood in Patna but never got the chance to visit these places before. So in March 2011, when I went to my home town, I decided to witness the place which gave us the system which we all proud of and that make our country world’s largest democratic nation on the face of earth.

Vaishali's Ashok Stambh
Without being politically inclined one thing every Bihari will admit that infrastructural development has actually taken place in Bihar. Vaishali is around 60 km from Patna and roads are really well maintained. However crossing the Mahatma Gandhi Setu, between Patna and Hajipur, which is second largest river bridge in Asia, is a real pain. Here you can taste the politics between state and Center government. Most of the roads in Bihar are now well maintained but this very important river bridge is yet to repair because it falls under the center quota for its maintenance.

From Hajipur you have to go Vaishali via Lalganj and other small villages. The drive till Vaishali is so pleasant. Small villages, lush green fields, picture perfect faces will accompany you throughout your journey. Infrastructure has started developing but it will take time to change the way of living of people and that makes this place different.

People are still addicted to their simple life style, but everybody seems to be optimistic. One statement that I heard in Patna from a native, that soon a walking space is going to maintained around majestic Ganga river, which will be same as marine drive in Mumbai. Quite overstated but the guy seems to be a firm believer of his optimism. That impressed me a lot, after years of deprivation how the aspiration of common man starts to advances.

Back to journey, visiting Vaishali is very rewarding by all means. I went their along with my cousin brothers and we had a great time there. First we visited Archaeological Museum of Vaishali.

Proof of our rich heritage
Interesting Stuff
Photography was prohibited inside so you have to see your own. There were numerous coins, sculptures, daily need objects and arms. First hand experience of our rich heritage.

Then we clicked some pictures in and around.

Vishwa Shanti Stoop
Our next destination was a long standing statue made by emperor Ashoka the great.

Ashok Stambh
Because of its height local people got an interesting name for it, “Bhim ki Lathi”. This place has got feel of history, it’s so different and charming.





While we were exploring a group of Buddhist from Srilanka came there. They started their rituals and pray by revolving round the structure and lighting candles.



The Caretaker of this place informed us that exploration is still under progress and may be in coming months some new facts will revealed.


Vaishali has got credit of being the birth place of 24th Jain Guru Bhagwan Mahavir. This is also closely related to Buddha. He spent many of his years here. One of the eight famous magic that happened in Buddha’s life was happened here. As the legend goes a group of monkeys presented honey to Buddha and also made a pond for him. It is also believed that beneath the stoop there are body parts of Buddha. He also declares his “Nirvana” here.  

10 comments:

  1. I like the pic no.9 very much...takes you back into time and gives you feel of the place..

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  2. Hi Rajeshwari. Thanks a lot once again for your inspiring comment. If possible visit this place sometime, you'll get proud of our rich heritage.

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  3. Bihar is really progressing. CM Niteesh kumar is doing great work, and he must be the PM of our country.
    Photographs are really well clicked, so is the narration. Waiting to read it again on Ghumakkar.

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  4. Thanks Vinay Bhai. You are right about Bihar it is really progressing but still a long way to go.

    Thanks.

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  5. खंडहर बता रहे है, वैभव की कहानी,

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  6. सही बात है संदीप भाई, वैशाली में ऐसा ही महसूस होता है.

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  7. beautiful pictures of Vaishali:) thanks for sharing

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  8. Better Road condition which you are seeing between hajipur and vaishali that credit does not go to nitish.I am seeing it from my childhood and I was born and bought up in that area only i.e Harauli.Plz don't give credit to nitish.If nitish is really interested for wellbeing of people and concerned about this area then why he don't take up the command in his own hand to provide permanent soution for mahatama gandhi setu bridge.He can take loan from ADB bank and repay those money by collecting from the vechile.Any way they are collecting the money from vehicle as toll charges but all these money going in pocket of corrupt neta and official of state govt.Don't blame central govt.This bridge was build by central govt only during indira gandhi regime.It was state responsibilty to maintain this bridge.

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  9. Dear Anonymous. I am not politically inclined towards Nitish Kumar. Nor I am anti Congress. But you first need to know the things before accusing someone harshly. Mahatma Gandhi Setu is part of National Highway 19. The National Highways are mostly maintained by the Government of India, others are operated under a public-private partnership model by the private sector. Management of these roads is under the jurisdiction of the National Highways Authority of India, a nodal agency of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. I am also native of Patna and I know the condition of Mahatma Gandhi Setu is pathetic. But still one should know who is actually creating a problem. I am not justifying here myself but just clearing your doubt. Anyways Thanks to commenting on my blog and thanks for your time.

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