Sultanganj, Bihar

Sultanganj is a town in the Bhagalpur district in the Indian state of Bihar.

Places to visit

  • MandaraParvat : MandaraParvat (the hill) lies about 48 kilometers south of Bhagalpur, Bihar. Mandara is an approximately 750-foot-tall granite hill, and according to a mythological narrative, Bhagalpur was the site of SamudraManthan, in which the Devatas and Asuras churned the ocean of milk using Mount Mandara to extract elixir. The Serpent King Vasuki is supposed to have offered himself as a rope to churn the ocean of milk, and the faint traces of a coil on the Mandara hill bear witness to this account.According to one Purana, Lord Vishnu defeated the monster Madhu and placed the hill that is today known as Mandara over him. The ShankhaKunda is thought to have provided the conch shell, Panchajanya, thatsignaled the onset of the Mahabharata battle. In his epic Kumarasambhava, Kalidasa mentions Vishnu's footprints on Mount Mandara. The Hill has various statues of Hindu Gods carved onto its rocks. According to Jains, the 12th Tirthankara, Vasupujya, reached Nirvana at the top of the same hill.
  • Distance: MandaraParvat is 64 kilometres away from Sultanganj

  • Budhanath temple : Budhanath temple, located on the banks of the Uttaravahini Ganga, is one of the primary attractions in and surrounding Bhagalpur (the northward-flowing Ganges). Budhanath is one of the region's oldest temples, and it receives a large influx of devotees throughout the year. In the first of the eight segments of the Shiva Puranas, Baba Budhanath is referred to as BALVridheshwarnath. The Shiva Linga in the temple is thought to have revealed itself, as nothing is recorded regarding its birth.
  • Distance: Budhanath temple is 26 kilometres away from Sultanganj

  • Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary : The Ikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary stretches along the Ganges for 50 kilometers, from Sultangunj to Kahalgaon. The Sanctuary was established in 1991 to safeguard the endangered Gangetic Dolphins, who were formerly numerous but are now numbering only a few hundred.On October 5, 2009, the Gangetic Dolphins were designated as India's National Aquatic Animal at the first meeting of the National Ganga River Basin Authority. On the 2006 IUCN Red List, these dolphins were classed as threatened and endangered, and they were included in Schedule-I of the Indian Wildlife Protection Act.The Sanctuary also houses a number of other threatened aquatic and wild creatures, including the Indian otter, gharial, and freshwater turtles. The sanctuary is best visited between October and June.
  • Distance: Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary is 2.8 kilometres away from Sultanganj

How to Reach

  • By Air- Instead of Sultanganj, you can take a regular aircraft to Patna Airport.Sultanganj is located 159 kilometers distant.
  • By Train- There are regular trains from other important cities in the country to Sultanganj.

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