Pilgrimage Tourism in Aurangabad District
Religious Tourism of Aurangabad District in Bihar includes Hindu Temples as well as the Muslim centres of pilgrimage. This is because the region of Aurangabad had come under the influence of both Hindu and Muslim kings. The religious places of interest in Aurangabad are Deo, Deo Kund, Umga and Amjhar Sharif.
Deo is home to the well-known Sun temple of Aurangabad District. The 15th century old temple is believed to be built by Bhairvendra Sing, a Chandravanshi king of Umga. It is a 100-ft tall structure, with an umbrella-like top. The important custom of worshipping the Sun God and taking bath in its Brahma Kund dates back to the era of King Ayel. Every year, during Chhath festival, thousands of pilgrims gather in the premises of the temple to worship the Sun God.
Deo Kund is both a religious as well as a historical place of interest. Deo Kund houses an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thousands of worshippers visit this temple during Mahashivratri. As per a legend connected to Deo Kund, Chyawan Rishi took shelter in this temple.
Umga is one of the famous tourist attractions in Aurangabad. The pilgrim center of Umga houses a Vaishnava temple. In terms of its architecture, the temple bears resemblance to the Sun temple built at Deo. Square granite blocks have been used to build the magnificent Vaishnava temple, which houses the deities of Lord Ganesha, Sun God and Lord Shiva.
Amjhar Sharif bears religious significance for being an important Islamic pilgrimage centre of Aurangabad. Amjhar Sharif is abode of an ancient mazaar (grave) of a Muslim saint - Hazrat Saiyadana Mohammad Jilani Amjhari Quadri. Thousands of Muslims visit this pilgrimage center on the anniversary of the great saint, which is held in the first week of June.
Leisure Tourism in Aurangabad District
Aurangabad District has a rich history: Several rulers including the great Ashoka had ruled over the region in the past years. As a result it is evident that the district of Aurangabad also satisfies a tourist who looks for historical places of interest. Some such places of Aurangabad are Pawai, Mali and Chandangadh, Piru and Sisirs.
Pawai, Mali and Chandangadh: Rajasthan played a crucial role during the medieval and modern periods of history of Aurangabad. Pawar, Mali and Chandangadh are locations where one can find the remains of old forts, whose princes are said to, have come from Rajasthan.
Piru in the district of Aurangabad also bears historical significance. In the ancient times it was known as Pritikoota. The place is historically important because it was the birthplace of Banbhatta, a legendary poet and the State Chronicler of King Harshvardhana.
Siris, in Aurangabad, was a pargana during the rule of Sher Shah and the Mughal Empire. Over the passing years, the place had become the playground of King Narayan Sing and some unsung heroes of The Revolt of 1857. Siris also houses a mosque, which was built during the rule of Aurangzeb. Thus it can be said that Siris as tourist place has both historical as well as religious importance.
The best time to visit Aurangabad District is between October and March.
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