This is Manoj selling littis in his stall in Maurya Lok in Patna. Littis are basically “atta” or flour filled with “sattu” or ground pulses cooked over coal. Litti is a speciality of Bihar. Although it was considered as a poor man’s food but it has come off that backward label and is considered as something that is worth trying. Not only its nutritious but also very tasty particular with the choka especially if its made of “baigan”.I remember as a child we used to visit our ancestral village in Munger district and have litti chokha. My grandfather’s cow-herder used to make the best litti chokha in the world. We children used to beg him to make us littis. Even today, I still remember him when I have little chokha.
|Manoj Litti Bhandar: Photo by Shaleen: These littis are best cooked on coal.|
This is how we like our chicken. These waiting chickens have seen it all – all their friends and family killed. Can you see fear in their eyes? This is the way chicken in Patna or rest of the country is sold. You go to the shop and choose a chicken, the butcher drags it out of the cage, cuts of the neck and places it in a drum till it stops twitching and then cuts it into small pieces according to your taste. Enjoy your curry!
|Chicken in Patna: Source.|
Buddha lived in many of the caves in the hills surrounding Ragjir which was once the capital of Magadha. Bimisara was the king then. The first Buddhist Council was held in one of the caves. Lets take a look at some of these hills and caves of Rajgir where Buddha lived and preached.
|Bimbisara’s jail “Bimbisarajail” by myself – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.|