Being at the heart of the land where religions like Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and Hinduism flourished, Patna has a rich and composite culture of different religions. The advent of Sufism and Christianity also influenced the religious culture of the City. It is not surprising to see many temples and mosques throughout the City. Patna truly comes alive during the festivals. Whether its Dusshera or E-Id or Christmas, people of all religion celebrate it with great enthusiasm. The occurrence of many festival throughout the year keep the religious atmosphere of the City alive. Patna has been very secular despite the fact of having so many different religions and festivals. The important religious places in Patna are -
- Patan Devi
It is one of the 51 Shakti-Pitha and hence very scared to the Hindus. It is believed that right thigh of Sati had fallen here. Badi Patan Devi and Chhoti Patan Devi are the two deities in nearby temples.
- Har Mandir Takht
It is one of the five Takht (Holy Seat of Authority) of the Sikhs. The last Guru of Sikhs, Guru Govind Singh was born here. There are few Gurudwaras in the area which can also be visited.
- Padri Ki haveli
It is the oldest church of Bihar, and hence very important for the Christians here. It was built in 1713 AD. Mother Teresa stayed here for some time. Her room is still well preserved.
- Pathar Ki Masjid
It is one of the oldest mosque in Patna. It was built in the 17th Century, using stone only. It is very important to the Muslim community.
- Mahavir Mandir
It is one of the most popular temple in the City. It is situated near Patna Junction. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Thousand of people visit it everyday.
- Begum Hajjam Mosque
This mosque is considered to be the oldest mosque in Patna. It was built in early 16th century.
- Christ Church
It was built in 1852 and has been an important destination of the Christians. it is situated near Gandhi Maidan.