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Bihar-sharif is a town in Bihar in India It is east of the Paimar River, a tributary of the Ganges (Ganga) River.



Bihar-sharif served as the capital of the Pala dynasty (10th century ce) and contains a 5th-century-ce Gupta pillar and several mosques and Muslim tombs, the best-known being the tomb of Malik Ibrahim Baya atop Pir Pahadi Hill. Nearby lie the remains of Odantapuri, a great vihara, or college of Buddhist learning, from which the name Bihar was derived. In 1869 the city was constituted a municipality. It is now a road and rail hub, as well as an agricultural trade centre. It has several colleges affiliated with Magadh University at Bodh Gaya. Nalanda, a Buddhist monastic centre, lies southwest of Bihar-sharif.

Bihar-sharif was once the capital of the Muslim Governors of Bihar between 13th and 16th centuries when the city was an active cultural center and an important seat of Muslim thought and learning. Turkish and Pashtun invaders often used abandoned viharas as military cantonments.The word Bihar may have come from the large number of viharas thus employed in the area that later became Bihar. Originally Bihar was name of the town, which was headquarter of the Muslim invaders in the Magadha region in the medieval period. Later on the headquarter was shifted from Bihar to Patana (current Patna) by Sher Shah Suri and the whole Magadha region was called Bihar. Almost 80 % of the Muslim population of Bihar Sharif and surrounding areas have a good degree of Turkish and Afghan blood in their veins , especially so among the middle and upper classes , but also among the lower classes.


It is 80 km from capital of Bihar, Patna. It is 13 km from the ruins at Nalanda. Well connected with Patna via train and buses.

It is small town located on the top of a craggy rock. The old center of the town has examples of medieval Islamic architecture, such as the Bukhari Mosque. Thousand of pilgrims of all religions visit the tombs of Makhdum Shah Sharif-ud-din, a Muslim saint of 14th century, and the saintly Syed Ibrahim Malik Biya. also spelled Biharsharif , also called Bihar city, central Bihar state, northeastern India, east of the Paimar River, a tributary of the Ganges. It served as the capital of the Pala dynasty (10th century AD) and contains a 5th-century-AD Gupta pillar and several Muslim mosques and tombs. Nearby lie the remains of Odantapuri (q.v.), a great vihara, or college of Buddhist learning, from which the name Bihar was derived.


Agriculture is the prime activity. Ideal place for agriculture-based industry. Now it is also developing as a big cloth market and shoes production. Famous as mini Surat among businessmen.

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By road[edit]

On National Highway-31. Well connected with Patna (80 km), Ranchi(250 km), Jamshedpur (325 km), Gaya (90 km), Bhagalpur(230 km), Rajgir (22 km), Nalanda (13 km) and Pawapuri (11 km).

By train[edit]

Well connected with Patna, Delhi, Kolkata, Rajgir, Varanasi (on loop line (Bakhtiyarpur-Rajgir section of ECR).

By plane[edit]

Nearst airport is Patna.

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See[edit][add listing]

  • Tomb of Malik Ibrahim Vaya, Peer Pahari (At Bari Pahari). A beautiful ancient tomb constructed on top of the rocky hill. Nearby are the ruins, which are believed to be ruins of Jarasandh Jail. The beautiful natural view from the top of the hill is very attractive.  edit
  • Tomb of saint Baba Maniram. The scene around the temple is very clam and beautiful.  edit
  • Mosque of Makhdum Shah Sharif-ud-din. Named after a Muslim saint of 14th century.  edit
  • Pawapuri, (14 km south from this town). Sacred place for the Jain community. Famous for beautiful temples of God Mahavir.  edit
  • Ruins of Nalanda University, (15 km away). Used to be one of the top most university in the world since ancient time, till 12th century when it was destroyed by muslim invaders of that time which were jealous of buddhism.  edit
  • Rajgrih (Rajgir), (Some 28 km away). Place of God Budhha. Beautiful temples and pagodas attract thousands of visitor every year. You will simply love the natural beauty of this place. Located in the lap of mountains and cascades. General believe is that the natural hot water of Brahm Kund here can heal several diseases. Its natural source of hot water still is a mystery for scientists.  edit
  • Bangpur Durga puja. Celebrated widely.  edit

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  • Pulpar (tajleather store). Famous for cloth market, food plaza, hotels and restaurants, cycle store, showroom, delicius sweets shop and many small and big markets and shops.and taj leather store  edit
  • Garhpar. Famous for furniture, steel trunk, electronic goods shop, katpice cloth market, and many small general stores.  edit

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Bihar-sharif is famous for its delicios food. Khajha is famous for here, and Andersa, Tilkut etc.

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Bihar-sharif is famous for its delicios food.Such as Revri,Tilkut,Anersa and Khaja.First three items are made of til(an oil seed)and last one made by maida.While Revari is available through all seasons, but Anersa and Tilkut are available only seasonaly,usually Anersa in the rauny season and Tilkut in winter season. Thus these food items make til one important constituent of local populace.

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  • Smart Cyber Cafe, (Opposite telephone exchange, bhainsasur Badi masjid shop no.5&6). A very good place to get connected with entire world.  edit

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