Overview

Bihar Sharif is the administrative centre of the Nalanda district and the fifth-largest sub-metropolitan area in the Indian state of Bihar. Its name is a combination of two words: Bihar, which is derived from Vihara, the state’s name, and Sharif. Bihar Sharif, located in the Nalanda district of Bihar, is a city steeped in history and religious significance. Renowned as a center of Islamic scholarship and spirituality, Bihar Sharif is home to the shrine of Sufi saint Sheikh Sharfuddin Yahya Maneri, attracting pilgrims from far and wide. The city also boasts historical landmarks such as the Bara Qabrastan, or “Big Cemetery,” which is the final resting place of many saints and scholars. Bihar Sharif is known for its cultural diversity, with influences from various communities shaping its vibrant identity. Visitors can explore the city’s religious sites, bustling markets, and tranquil surroundings, immersing themselves in the spiritual essence of Bihar Sharif. With its rich heritage and sacred atmosphere, Bihar Sharif invites travelers to experience the timeless allure of Islamic culture in eastern India.

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