Bhojpur is one of the 38 districts of Bihar. Formerly a part of the district of Shahabad, Bhojpur came into its present existence in 1992. Shahabad formed the ancient kingdom of Magadh, which also included parts of Patna and Gaya districts of Bihar. Although the district included in the kingdom of emperor Ashoka, the general absence of Buddhists’ monuments from a greater part of the region suggests that it was not influenced by the Buddhist missionaries prevalent during at that time. The historical significance of Bhojpur has contributed a lot in the development of its tourism.
It is said that Arrah, the district headquarters of Bhojpur, derives its name from a Sanskrit word ‘Aranya’ meaning forest. This suggests that the district was largely under forest cover in the ancient period. A number of legends are also connected with Bhojpur. According to Hindu mythology, Rishi Vishwamitra, the family Guru of Lord Ram, took shelter in this region. Talking about modern history, Bhojpur has played a significant role in the freedom struggle of India. The district actively participated in the Revolt of 1857 and Quit India Movement.
Places to See in Bhojpur
Jagdishpur is the hometown of the rebellion leader of Indian independence struggle – Babu Kunwar Singh. The place is located along the national highway about 35 km from Arrah.