Bihar is a state in eastern India, the 12th largest state in terms of geographical size and 3rd largest by population. Bihar lies mid-way between West Bengal in the east and Uttar Pradesh in the west. It is bounded by the country of Nepal to the north and by Jharkhand to the south. Bihar or ancient Magadha, has been the cradle of Indian civilization and the centre of Indian culture and education since time immemorial. It was the land where mighty emperor Ashoka was born and spread his rule, the land where Buddhism took root in India and also the land where the ancient universities of India - Nalanda and Vikramshila were built. It is said that it is the people of Bihar who have shaped Indian history for generations to marvel, practice and follow.