Bihar, a beautiful state and tourist attraction in our country, has an equally perfect weekend getaway for a perfect vacation. This place is the city of Arrah. It is located 40 kms from capital Patna, in Bhojpur district of Bihar. It is the headquarters and houses the Municipal Corporation. The town is surrounded by the rivers Ganga and Son.
The city has witnessed historical events during Independence Era, is filled with examples of marvelous architectural pieces and has beautiful ancient temples too. Some of the best places to visit in Arrah are mentioned below.
There is a temple here devoted to Jainism culture.The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavir, 24th Tirthankar and the most important deity in Jain culture. During his travels, he seeked rest here, in the village. There is a huge Stupa created in the place where he rested and delivered his sermon. Bisram temple is flocked by devotees who come to seek the Lord’s blessings.
This fort is the residence of the foremost freedom fighter of the state, Babu Veer Kunwar Singh. 30 kms from Arrah. Famously known as ‘Son Of The Soil’, Babu Kunwar Singh was an eminent figure during 1857 Freedom Movement. Birth anniversary ‘Vijaya Utsav’ is celebrated here on 23rd April every year.
Ara House, Maharaja College
Ara House is built by an engineer during British Rule, Vicar Boyle before 1857 to use as a Billiards play place. The British took refuge here during a battle with Babu Kunwar Veer Singh and his army had seized the place for many days. The House is now comprised in the compounds of Maharaja College, which was built by the then king, Maharaja Shri Kamal Singh in memory of his father. Bihar proudly calls this college its very first and best institute of higher education. Currently, this institute is included as a major college under Veer Kunwar Singh University.
Aranya Devi Temple
This is a famous temple in Arrah, dedicated to Goddess Shakti, also known as the forest deity. Facing towards the East direction, it has a verandah, three bells and two entrances for devotees. Apart from two statues of Aranya Devi in the main temple premises, there is also a Shiv Ling and a statue of Nandi, his main follower, in the courtyard. The two statues of the sisters are made from black stone and are adorned with beautiful jewellery and traditional saris. Other Gods and Goddesses in the temple are Lord Ram, his brothers Lakshman, Bharat and Shatrughna, wife Lady Sita, Lord Krishna and Lady Radha, all made with pure marble. Twice in the day, aartis are held and all devotees gather to chant prayers.