Pir Pahar: The heritage site of Munger, Bihar

Pir Pahar: The heritage site of Munger, Bihar

Pir Pahar is one of the heritage sites of the Munger District existing from the thirteenth century. A group of the hillocks in the Shankarpur village poses an awesome beauty near the bank of Ganga River. It is around 4 km from Munger city.

The period of Mahabharata and Rāmāyaṇa to the kingdom era until the era of Britishers, Munger has always been marked for its rich culture and heritage site.

Beauty of heritage site
©Copyright image → Beauty of ruined heritage building with a view of the village from one of the hillocks of Pir Pahar

Pir Pahar is one of the heritage sites of the Munger existing from the thirteenth century. A group of the hillocks in the Shankarpur village poses an awesome beauty near the bank of Ganga River. The site is around 4 km from Munger city is accessible by bike and car easily. Currently, the site is famous for the name of Doordarshan house or TV Tower of Munger. The fertile land of Ganga Runs near the hillocks across the core of the village of Shankarpur, Mohuli and till the famous site of Chandikasthan. Another side it goes to Sita Kund which is another cultural site of Munger.

 

Many people say that the site is not very safe for the visit but recently we visited the place with some of my friends. Local people say that these days the place is quite safer and lots of people visit here during the weekend and holidays.

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©Copyright image → Fertile land of Ganga running all the way toward Sita Kund

Early morning is the best time to get fresh air and see the beauty of sunrise near the Ganga from the hilltop. The sunset in the evening looks amazing from the top of the site. The adventure of seeing the sunset from the different location of the site was an awesome experience I had on my recent visit.

 

Unlocking the history of PirPahar

The famous site has a connection with lots of prominent and influential personality from a different era. A famous Muslim saint having his denomination is reportedly found on this hill during the 13th to 14th century. Local people say that saint was famous with the named peer baba and when he died a mausoleum of an octagonal domed structure was made on the top of one of the hills. So, from that time the site became famous with the name of Pir (Peer) Pahar or “hill of the saint”. The same story has been reportedly found in a book ” Kiss of the Yogini by David Gordon White“.

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©Copyright image→ Mausoleum of an octagonal domed structure

There is a mansion on the top of another hillock next to the mausoleum, which looks magnificent despite its dilapidation. It was reported that the mansion has been home to the different ruler who ruled in Munger. It was also home to East India Company for sometimes. Going into the full details of it would be quite boring but the most interesting fact about this mansion is that the Tales of heritage building and hills connect with Rabindranath Tagore.

The devastating Mansion of Pir Pahar
©Copyright image→The devastating Mansion at Pir Pahar

Once used to be Tagore’s home
The great Nobel laureate and a poet Rabindranath Tagore has been also a part of tales of this heritage site. Tagore was also a merchant and zamindar with property in Bengal, Bihar and Odisha. Beauty is that he owned this Pir Pahar till 19ties and reportedly wrote some songs of Gitanjali here. In 1907, Tagore had sent his youngest son Samindranath to his friend Srish Chandra Majumdar’s house in Munger for Durga Puja holidays. Samindranth contracted cholera while in Munger and died, He was 11. In his sorrow, Tagore wrote the haunting song “Aaj Jyotsna raate shobai geche bone (Everyone has gone to the forest on this moonlit night)”, depicting the permanence of beauty in nature and mortality of humans. Other rulers like Mughal, Mir Kasim were reported to be the part of this Pir Pahar too.

 

The devastating Mansion of Pir Pahar
©Copyright image→Front view of the devastating Mansion of Pir Pahar

Need a move by the local government body
Numerous effort was made by a group of some Bengali community to preserve the legacy of Tagore’s home for long. But the local government body has always been brushing aside this heritage monument of Munger. Due to this negligence, the place has never caught any tourist attraction despite being a great history and tales.

Nature and Beauty of Pir Pahar

The View of Ganga
©Copyright image→The View of Ganga

The trail to Hillock starts from the village and goes to a different location and accessible by bike and car easily. One side is an awesome view of Ganga along with a village running all the way on the bank of it and another side the chaos of newly developing town and ITC Dairy Plant. The Sunrise and Sunset are always pleasant from the top. The architecture of heritage building looks amazing during the evening when sun rays fall on it from the west. Numerous palm tree adds to the beauty of the site which is existing here since long. A Radha Krishna temple is situated on one the hillock near to the village of Shankarpur looks amazing from the top of the hilltop.

The View of trails of Pir Pahar
©Copyright image→The View of trails of Pir Pahar

The beauty of the place is also described in the Yale Center for British Art in the United Kingdom an art museum and research institute that houses a beautiful painting of a view of Pir Pahar titled asRuins on Pir Pahar, near Monghy, Bihar”.

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©Copyright image→Thomas Daniell, 1749–1840, British, active in India, Ruins on Pir Pahar, Munger, Bihar, 1790

Things to do at PirPahar!

    • Trails of Pir Pahar is a perfect destination for bikers of the town.
    • Enjoy the Stunning view of Sunrise and Sunset from the top of the hill
    • Perfect place to hang out with friends in the evening.
    • Get fresh and cool air in the morning and a perfect place for jogging for local people.
    • Perfect place for photography enthusiasts.
    • Enjoying the view of nature and village all around.

 

How to reach PirPahar
Munger and Jamalpur town are well connected with the railway. Trains are very frequent to Jamalpur from the different corner of the country. The nearest airport is Patna. The site is around 4 km from the heart of town Munger. One can have an auto or taxi reserve to this place. These days lots of solar or battery-operated vehicle are running around the town which is also a good option for a mode of transport.

View of Village from Hill Top
©Copyright image→View of Village from Hill Top

So, what are you thinking of, pinned below is the exact location of Pir Pahar. Check it now and plan to explore it very soon.

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6 thoughts on “Pir Pahar: The heritage site of Munger, Bihar

  1. Excellent blog on this heritage site of pir pahar. This place is indeed a pleasure evert time you visit. This blog throws light on its historical importance. Keep it up blogger.

  2. Excellent work done by you n your team.i really proud to be part of munger.keep it up all the best.hope u come again with new interesting blogs.

  3. Yeah the depiction z really endearing and so z our munger!
    Need these kind of wise up to make people know about our homeland,our history,present and culture.
    But as u mentioned about the local government,yes to make our heritage sites a tourist attraction,they will have to do their part with this kind of enthusiasm as depicted here.
    It will not only help to preserve our heritage and culture but in turn it will also help to make the revenue better which will ultimately help to develop #munger#Bihar.

  4. finally got some time after today’s busy schedule, may I had read this awesome blog while in college but I don’t want to ruin my experience as to explore more about my city through this blog. so, finally in my room opened my lapy and read this awesome blog.it’s good to know that we belong to a heritage but another side of the story that because of government apathy Munger is still too far what mongyr really deserve to be as one of important tourist spot of Bihar.

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