Katihar is a town situated in the north eastern part of Bihar state in India. It is headquarters of Katihar district. Tariq Anwar is present M.P of Katihar. Tarkishor Prasad is present M.L.A of Katihar.
Katihar became a district when it was split from Purnia in 1973.Earlier, Katihar district was dominated by the Choudhary family, who were the biggest landlords of Kosi zone. The founder of Choudhary family was Khan Bahadur Choudhary Mohammad Baksh and he had an authority over 126 small landlords of Kosi zone. He died in 1943. The family holds lands of about 15,000 acres in Katihar district, and 8,500 acres in Purnia. Now his successors Choudhary Taj Mohammad and Choudhary Mohammad Ashraf still live there in a haweli known as Taj Dehori. Katihar was also the part of Bengal before the Partition of Bengal. And after the partition of Bengal, Katihar district became part of Bihar. Although it’s culturally a part of Bengal this district is in Bihar.Durgo Poojo is widely celebrated in this district. It is also starting point of North East Frontier Railway.If you want to have the time of your life being surrounded by mountains, rivers and lakes, then you should visit Katihar which is a beautiful tourist destination in Bihar. Its proximity to the Himalayas in the north, Jharkhand plateau in the south and the passage of Ganga flowing deep makes it a pleasant spot for tourists. Once famous for its Jute mills, this city has rich heritage and close links with the parent district of Purnia. Katihar Railway Station is one of the busiest railway stations in Eastern India which consists of 7 railway lines. Here is the list of top 5 tourist spots to explore in Katihar:
Places To See
1. Gorakhnath Temple
While visiting Gorakhnath Temple, you will find a herd of devotees who come here to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva. The idol of Lord Shiva, also known as Gorakhnath Mahadev, is adorned with flowers and ornaments inside the temple. One of the central attractions is the sight of Shivalinga. Shaivites visit this place on the occasion of Maha Shivratri to celebrate it.
2. Bagi Math
If you go to Bagi Math in Bagi village, you can feel the intense devotion, spirituality and faith of the people around. It is really amazing and can never be believed until and unless you come to this beautiful spiritual destination. It is known for its 108 rooms which are constructed for various spiritual activities. If you want to take a few days off to free your mind and enhance your spiritual levels, then it is the perfect destination for you.
3. Goga Lake
One of the largest wetlands of Bihar, Goga lake attracts a huge number of tourists. Its extent is 5 km by 1 km spread across 217 acres. Being directly linked to the Ganga and Mahananda, the lake links up to these rivers through tributaries during the peak rainy season. Many varieties of terrestrial, aquatic animals and rare birds flock to this place. With the rich flora and fauna, it has a potential to develop as national park. During monsoon and winters, almost 300 migratory birds come to the lake from places as far as Caspian Sea and Siberia. Efforts should be taken to declare and maintain it as a closed and protected area.
4. Kali Mandir
Kali Temple has got an immense historical importance. Dedicated to Goddess Kali, an embodiment of Goddess Durga, the idol of Kali is decorated beautifully inside the temple, which is a visual treat for the visitors. The attractive cravings on the walls show its archaeological importance. During festive times like Durgashtami and Diwali, a large number of devotees come for Puja celebrations in the temple.
5. Ramakrishna Mission Ashram
With a small and humble beginning in 1925, Ramakrishna Mission Ashram was created for providing relief to plague and malaria patients. After that, it gradually established itself in a small shrine. Over a period of nearly nine decades, this center has bloomed to be one of the most active centers of Ramakrishna Mission. Working in the spirit of “Service to Jiva as worship to Shiva“, it expresses the principles of ancient Vedanta in the modern idiom. Devotees from various parts of the country come to this place.
Katihar being one of the favorite tourist destinations of Bihar attracts the tourists to explore the city. All in all, Katihar tourism offers a unique amalgamation of religion, spirituality, history and culture.