The name Bhagdatpuram (meaning city of Good Luck), as it was called during the flourishing Bhagdatpuram, as per Hindu mythological texts, was the place where the gods (devtas) and demons (asuras) churned the ocean to procure elixir (amrit). It is believed that the serpent, vasuki offered to serve as the rope for the churning. An impression of the coil is faintly visible a granite hill .It is believed that the conch shell used in Mahabharta- Panchjanya, the conch shell was discovered here in the “Shankh Kund”. The Puranas also refer to this hill as very important.
The religious festival of “Vish-hari Puja” or “the worship of the Snake Queen” said to be a daughter of lord Shiva and Queen of Snakes” traces its roots back hundreds of years and is still celebrated every year with thousands of believers and snake charmers offering milk to the Nag (the Snake King) and Nagin (The Snake Queen).
Apart from that there have been mughal reminiscences. Bhagalpur has had a very strong relation to Historical landmarks. So, it was destined to be famous for Bhagalpuri sarees! Bhagalpur was one of the most important trade centers during the rule of the british. The largest industrial belt of the district is Barari. The Government of India has established loom centres here because of which, Bhagalpur is today known as the SILK CITY. It is famous world wide for its silk production. The silk industry in this city is 200 years old . Bhagalpur is well known for its sericulture, manufacture of silk yarn and weaving them into silk sarees. This silk is of a distinct and special type. Bhagalpur silk is a household name in India and the lovers of Bhagalpuri silk sarees are found all over India.
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