Maner also spelled Maner or Maner Sharif, is a satellite town in Patna Metropolitan Region, in the Patna district in the Indian state of Bihar. Maner Sharif lies 24 km west of Patna the capital of Bihar on National Highway 30 (India). The town has tombs of Sufi saints Makhdoom Yahya Maneri and Makhdoom Shah Daulat, known as Bari Dargah (the great shrine) and Chhoti Dargah (the small shrine). Maner is an important tourist areas and tourism centre . The city’s name is said to come from its status as a center of tourism.
Makhdoom Shah Daulat died in Maner Sharif in 1608 and Ibrahim Khan Governor of Bihar, built a mausoleum to him that was completed in 1616.
The domed mausoleum’s walls are adorned with intricate designs and its ceiling has passages from the Qur’an. Maner Sharif also has a mosque constructed by Ibrahim Khan (governor of Bihar) in 1619. Maner Sharif was a regional centre of learning and is where the Sanskrit grammarian Pāṇini studied.
Maner is known for its variant of laddu made with ghee and promoted by local vendors as being made using the sugar-sweet waters of the Sone river. Maner laddu featured in the Bollywood movie Khudgarz.
In addition of Maner’s laddu and Dargah sharif, Maner also have Buddhist temple, Jain temple and significances of the other religion, hence, it is embelm of unity diversity.
As of 2011 India census, Maner had a population of 2,99,585, consisting of 53% male and 47% female citizens. Maner has an average literacy rate of 52%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 61%, and female literacy is 42%. In Maner, 19% of the population is under 6 years of age.