Gandhi Maidan

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Gandhi Maidan-View from Biscoman


Gandhi Maidan is a historic ground situated near the river Ganges. Being in the center of the city, it is place of many activities, which can be gauged by the presence of many important buildings all around it. It has played an important role in the Independence movement and is a witness of the growth of the city. It is a destination of important rallies and fun & fairs, beside being the venue of Republic day Parade and Independence Day ceremony.

During the British period, it was known as Patna Lawn. Between 1824 and 1833, it used to be a golf course and later horse racing also started here. It was the nerve center of the various movements, including the Quit India movement during the days of independence movements. Almost all the top leaders of that time had addressed people at this maidan. The national leaders used to do rallies from this ground only. Mahatma Gandhi frequently visited the maidan for rallies and evening prayer. After Independence, Jai Prakash Narayan launched his massive movement from this ground. Even today, when the political parties wants to showcase their power, they organizes their massive rallies here only. The lawn was named after father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi after independence.

Spread in an area of 62 acres, the ground is encircled with the busy road around it. Rows of trees are planted at the periphery of the ground. At the Southern side is the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, after whom the ground is named. At evening , people flocks to the ground to see the liveliness at the ground and around it. Some exhibitions or fairs are always happening at the ground. The most famous fair is Book fair, which attract nation wide publisher and thousands of people during its fortnight exhibition.

Gandhi Maidan is the center of activities. The prominent roads of Patna - Exhibition Road, Frazer Road and Ashok Rajpath have entry-exit at the Maidan, beside many other roads. The prominent buildings dots the periphery of the Maidan. Here is a brief list:

South Gandhi Maidan Periphery

  • Hotel Maurya
  • Reserve Bank of India
  • SP residence
  • Exhibition road, Frazer road

North Gandhi Maidan Periphery

  • Gandhi Sangrahalaya
  • Shaheed Pir Ali Park
  • Magadh Mahila College
  • Police Headquarter
  • Red Cross
  • Sri Krishna Auditorium
  • Christ Church
  • River Ganga (away)
  • Patna International Convention Centre (Under construction)

West Gandhi Maidan Periphery

  • St Xavier's High School
  • DM Residence
  • SBI Main Branch
  • Biscoman Bhawan
  • Sri Krishna Science Center
  • Sinha Library (away)
  • Golghar (away)

East Gandhi Maidan Periphery

  • Kargil Chowk
  • Mona Multiplex
  • Regent Fun Cinema
  • Books market
  • Traffic Police Station
  • Kalidas Rangalaya
  • Udyog Bhavan (NIFT Patna)
  • Ashok Rajpath,
  • B N College (away)

Gandhi Maidan provides one point entry for many destinations. On the North is the river Ganges where one can explore the ghats. On the East is the Ashok Rajpath which has numerous Educational Institution on the one side and busy market on the other side.
Many famous places of the city like Golghar, Science centre, Gandhi Sangrahalaya etc. are at a walking distance. The tallest statue of Mahatma Gandhi is situated towards the northern side. It was inaugurated in 2013. It is one of the destination which is a not to be missed destination while visiting the city.

Proposed metro station at Gandhi Maidan

  • Gandhi Maidan is a proposed metro station in Corridor - II (North-South Metro Corridor) of Phase - I of Patna Metro Rail which connects Patna Junction with ISBT.

How to reach: Gandhi Maidan is easily reachable from any part of the city. Autos, government bus, and private vehicles are easily available.

Distance:
Patna Junction ~ 3-4 km
Airport ~ 9-10 km
Mithapur Bus stand ~ 6-7 km

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