Bihar is one of the largest states in India, widely known for its ancient cities and beautiful tourist attractions. There are large number of interesting, lesser known, unknown, and mind blowing facts about Bihar which are given in this post.

10 Interesting and Lesser Known Facts About Bihar

1. Land of Non-Violence and Origin of Two Religions

Bihar is the land of non-violence and this idea was given by Lord Mahavira and Lord Buddha about 2600 years ago! The state is also the land of origin of two religions- Buddhism and Jainism.

Lord Mahavira
Lord Mahavira

2. Land of Spiritual and Religious Tourist Attractions

Bihar has a lot of spiritual and religious tourist attractions, which includes Mahabodhi Temple, Vishnupad Mandir, Takht Sri Patna Sahib, Agam Kaun, Patan Devi, Mahavir Mandir, Tomb of Sher Shah Suri, and many more.

Mahabodhi Temple
Mahabodhi Temple

3. One of the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Cities in India

Patna, the capital of Bihar is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in India. In current era, Patna is the capital, cultural and commercial capital of Bihar.


4. World’s Oldest University

Nalanda University is one of the oldest univerisities in the world, which attracted students from all over the world in ancient time.

Nalanda University
Nalanda University

5. World’s Longest Free WiFi Zone

The Government of Bihar has launched the world’s longest free WiFi zone in Patna in 2014. It’s range is whopping 20 kms.

6. Greatest Emperors from Bihar

India’s greatest emperors belongs to the state of Bihar, namely Samudragupta, Ashoka, Vikramaditya and Chandragupta Maurya.

7. Founder of ‘Zero’

Did you know this interesting fact about Bihar? Aryabhata was the founder of ‘Zero’, one of the greatest inventions in the history.

8. India’s First President Was From Bihar

Shri Rajendra Prasad was the first President of India, who was born in Bihar.

9. First Prime Minister and Father of Nation of Mauritius

It is one of the most interesting facts about Mauritius. A person from Bihar named Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, is the first Prime Minister of Mauritius. He was also the sixth Governor-General of Mauritius. He is widely known as the “Father of the Nation”.

10. Top in Producing Number of IAS Officers

Bihar has produced more number of IAS officer than Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat combined.

Article first published on May 25, 2016.

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