About 32 kms west of Patna, Maner Sharif in Patna district is the most important and oldest center of Sufism in Bihar. Bihar has been one of the earliest places in the Indian sub-continent where mystic Sufis had settled.

The most important of all the Sufi order of Bihar, however, was the Firdausia Silsila- a subsection of Suharwardia order of Sufism. One of its most celebrated saints was Hazrat Sharfuddin Ahmad who was born in Maner in 1262 A.D. and died in Bihar Sharif in 1377 A.D. Tombs of several well known Sufis saints are located in Maner Sharif. Hazrat Makhdoom Yahya Maneri was a famous Indian Sufi saint of 13th century. His tomb lies in courtyard of a mosque here. The sacred shrine is locally known as ‘Bari Dargah’. Like several other shrines of Sufi saints, shrine of Hazrat Makhdoom Yahya Maneri is revered both by Muslims as well as Hindus. This shrine has remained as a place of pilgrimage for a long time. Mausoleum of Makhdoom Shah Daulat, a disciple of Hazrat Makhdoom Yahya Maneri, is known as ‘Choti Dargah’. Makhdoom Shah Daulat, a contemporary of Mughal emperor Akbar died in 1608. His mausoleum was built by Ibrahim Khan Kankar, Governor of Bihar in 1616. This mausoleum is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture. Mughal emperor Babar and Sikandar Lodi were among the notable visitors to Maner. Maner is also famous for ‘Laddoos’ a popular sweet delicacy in every household of India.

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