Sasaram or Sahsaram is considered as one of the most renowned and popular places for tourists to visit. It is well known due to its historical importance. The district of Rohtas in the Indian state of Bihar contains this small town. The distance of Sasaram from Varanasi is 110 Kms, from Bodh Gaya is 105 Kms and from Patna, the capital of Bihar, the distance of Sasaram is 148 Kms.
The name of the town Sasaram has been derived from the names of the famous king named Kartavirya Sahasrarjuna and also Parashurama, a sage. One of the popular attractions of Sasaram is the Samrat Ashoka Pillar. In the cave situated in the Kaimur Hill, this pillar is located. Another crowd puller of the town is the Rohtaas Fort. The celebrated king named Raja Harish Chandra constructed and gave the name of the fort; however, later on, Sher Shah Suri captured the fort and established power over it. Sher Shah Suri was a famous Afghan Ruler.
Under the Sharqi Empire of Jaunpur, Sasaram was turned into a major business hub as well as a thriving administrative body by Sher Shah Suri. The magnificent and wonderful history, customs and traditions of the past time period are reflected on the numerous memorials and structures that were constructed in Sasaram. The place is also famous since Haji Begum, Jhansi ki Rani, was born here.
There are numerous interesting and intriguing places to visit during ones trip to Sasaram, such as the Grand Trunk Road, Rohtaas Fort, Sher Shah Suri’s tomb, Hasan Sur Khan’s tomb and Maa Tara Chandi Temple.
TOURIST PLACES IN SASARAM
Aurangabad: Numerous structures and temples related to the past history are present in Aurangabad. It is situated at a distance of 42 Kms from the town of Sasaram. It used to be an important element in the illustrious Magadh Empire. An important character was played by Aurangabad in the independence of India. The Kaleen (carpets) are manufactured in Obra, which is situated close by. Burha is another place that one can visit for its historical significance. It is situated at a distance of 3 Kms from Aurangabad. “Chaityas” and monolithic “Viharas” were present here, at one point of time.
Mohania: Another popular tourist location is Mohania, which is located at a distance of 27 Kms from the town of Sasaram. In the district of Kaimur of the Indian state of Bihar, Mohania is located. The presence of the archaic Satti Devi Mandir and the White Hanuman Mandir makes this place famous. The White Hanuman Mandir is the biggest temple which is situated on the station road. Located near to the M.P. College, a wonderful and attractive stadium is situated.
Rohtas Garh: In the west direction of the current block headquarter of Rohtas Block and at a distance of 5 Kms, Rohtas Garh is situated. It is believed that the name of Rohtas Garh has been derived from the name of Raja Harish Chandra’s son named Rohitashwa. Rohitshwa dwelled in this place and the fort was constructed by him. Nevertheless, some of the regional tribes states that the word “Rohtas” stands for “dry land”. In the year 1538 A.D, Sher Shah Suri captured and gained power over the fort. It was made Akbarpur’s headquarters. Also present here is Sheikh Shah Babal’s grave, otherwise known as Majar. He was a Mohammedan Saint.
The Bawan Talab is located at a distance of 1 Km from Rohtas Fort, in its north direction. The place is famous for the presence of archaic temples. In the past era, as many as 52 numbers of ponds used to encircles the village; that’s how the name came into being. However none of them exists now. An old temple of Lord Shiva is also present here. The temple is also called the Chaurasan Mandir by the local people. It is believed that King Harish Chandra constructed the Mandir.
HOW TO GET THERE
By Air: No air terminal is present here.
By Rail: From the city of Varanasi there are only 2 numbers of trains that run; however there are numerous trains which ply from Mugal Sarai Railway Station to Sasaram.
By Road: Buses are available from places like Patna, Varanasi and Gaya at regular intervals of time.