Posted by : Sandeep April 20, 2012
Patna is the Capital city of the Bihar state and is earlier known as Pataliputra. Rich in historical and cultural heritage, the city of Patna celebrates many festivals with much fanfare. Apart from the major national festivals like Deepawali, Dussera and Holi, the city of Patna is known for its large scale celebration of many other festivals and fairs. Chhath Puja is a prominent festival celebrated in Patna. The festival is also celebrated in other northern parts of India. On the occasion of the festival people of Patna worship the Sun God and offers the prayers.
As in other parts of the country, the festival of Shivratri is also celebrated in Patna in grand way. The festival is celebrated to commemorate wedlock of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On the occasion of Shivratri People would be found visiting to nearby Shiva temples and offering prayers. Durga Puja is yet another major festival celebrated in Patna with great enthusiasm.
Kartiki Pournima is major religious event in Patna. On this particular full moon day thousands of people from far and wide gather at the confluence of Ganga and Gandak Rivers to take the holy baths. This sacred place of confluence is situated near Hajipur just 20 km away from the city of Patna. Kartiki Pournima falls in the month of November. The biggest cattle fair of Asia- Sonepur Fair is held every on the occasion of Kartiki fair. The fair traces back its origin many centuries ago. The fair is held at on the bank of the confluence Ganga and Gandak Rivers near Hajipur