Travel Photography : Revisiting Patna’s Past

Along river Ganga stands the immortal city of Patna, which boasts a rich history spanning 3000 years. As Pataliputra, it has been the seat of power for some of India’s most powerful dynasties – Magadhas , Mauryas , Guptas and best known for being home to Ashoka – The Great (The third Mauryan emperor who is also credited with propagating the tenets of Buddhism and peace across South East Asia) .

History buffs are sure to find many a tales of the past when they visit this city. Here are sharing some glimpses of my visit to museum and Gandhi Ghat. It was quite an experience seeing some exquisite sculptures and craft from the B.C. era.

Gandhi Ghat
Waiting to sail across
Peeping from the skies



Didarganj Yakshi – polished sandstone , 3rd cent. BC
Lady with the Parrot, Gupta Period
Abhaya Mudra, Black sandstone
Vishnu Dhyaan Mudra, 7th cent. AD
Degrees & recognition donated by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, India’s first president
Gift from the Royal House of Thailand


Bidding adieu


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39 thoughts on “Travel Photography : Revisiting Patna’s Past

  1. Must have been nice to visit the land that once held such powerful dynasties, I sure understand your desire to visit the museum! Informative post too.
    Beautiful pictures. Somehow felt peace just by looking at them, thank you, I needed that☺

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    1. Thank you V, it was indeed a very crucial visit personally..but thankfully these places made the visit peaceful too. I also realised that we always see things the way we ‘want’ to see. Patna often is in news for unnecessary reasons, and these aspects are most royally ignored. Glad you too could connect with my need to visit the museum😊

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      1. You too should write a book, because you too have an eye for details and that amazing description of yours😄 I’ve been giving this advice(unsolicited again😂😂) to a select few, you should feel special that you now join the elite😂😂
        I understand your perspective about it being in news for all the foul reasons. It might come as a surprise but I stayed there for a while (my dad worked in PSU) but I was little back then, soon after my 4th grade, we got transferred to Madhya Pradesh.
        The city is beautiful and the food, climate, I miss them. But the crime rate was horrific, I’ll tell you my experiences someday in detail.

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      2. Aah well , I feel privileged and elitist already😂Thanks again ! And yes I am pleasantly surprised to hear about your association and childhood memories with Patna. But it’s unfortunate you had to encounter the crime menace too. I think it’s really a pan-India challenge which should be the first on our priority list to get sorted..Alas, that hasn’t happened yet.

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    1. Aww, I can absolutely empathise with you on this one. PS: my parents are from Bihar, and frankly it pains me when I see common people in metros etc using reference of the state for all things negative . Would love to do a rebranding exercise for the state one day😁

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      1. Thank you!😁 I understand, it does feel bad when people talk crap about the place that has your roots. You can do that, perhaps the locals will listen to you to mend their ways as well as when outsiders see that there are so many people who are kind and well groomed too from the state, they may realise how biased and crappy were their perceptions.


    1. I totally concur with you arv. That’s the baseline. We need people of the state to have that self awareness and entrepreneurial spirit to pull out of the perception dilemma they find themselves in often . Reawakening Bihar’s rich history can be a starting point !

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  2. Very informative post,AR.Thanks for sharing.
    Glad to know that the Ghat is neat and clean.I wonder why I didn’t know about this museum earlier.

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    1. Thank you so much Shivangi: ) yes I was very happy to see the ghats so clean and pristine, good indications ahead hopefully. The museum has not been marketed well in that case, but genuinely the artefacts are nothing less than treasure troves. You should visit it if ever in town. 🙂

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    1. Yes sir, I am confident you will be amazed by knowing tales and stories of this place. It’s worth a visit as an end in itself too😁 ( assuming you are already used to the cautions to be exercised 😁)

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    1. Thank you so much Somali 😊😊 you are right , the histories of this place are indeed one too many to unravel😁 as a kid I remember avidly reading about the Mauryan dynasty, it was quite a delight then to be in their land for real 🙂

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  4. Very good article sir, great pictures with some pieces of good history information, thank you for taking of your time to post the article.

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  5. O, I forgot sir, I am going to reblog this article for you, hopefully that will get a few more eyes looking your way and hopefully get you a few more readers.

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    1. Thank you so much sir for taking your time out and visiting this blog 🙂 I am really happy that you find it worthy enough to be reblogged , thanks again for that ! Have a great day !


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