Belsand

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Belsand
Town
Belsand is located in Bihar
Belsand
Belsand
Location in Bihar, India
Coordinates: 26°27′N 85°24′E / 26.45°N 85.4°E / 26.45; 85.4Coordinates: 26°27′N 85°24′E / 26.45°N 85.4°E / 26.45; 85.4
Country  India
State Bihar
District Sitamarhi
Population (2001)
 • Total 17,821
Languages
 • Official Maithili, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 9540236222
Vidhan Sabha constituency Belsand

Belsand is a town and a notified area in Sitamarhi district in the state of Bihar, India. The place is located in a plain which is prone to floods, and on account of this ample amount of alluvium is there. This geographic position gives the place good agricultural prospects. Main market areas (pertaining to tertiary sector) are around Kothi Bazaar and Belsand Chauraha (square).

Geography[edit]

Belsand is located at 26°27′N 85°24′E / 26.45°N 85.4°E / 26.45; 85.4.[1] It has an average elevation of 55 metres (180 feet). It has a few buildings in form of ruins of British time which are collectively said Kothi (mansion). There is a market near Kothi. Belsand is about 22 kilometers from Sitamarhi, the district headquarters. The area is flood prone as it lies amid 2 rivers, namely the Baghmati and the other being a minor stream.

The Belsand block lies in the southwestern portion of Sitamarhi district. To the south and east, is it bordered by the Runni Saidpur block. On the north, it borders the Parsauni block.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[2] Belsand had a population of 20,566. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. 19% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Festival[edit]

The major festival of this area is Chhath puja in which people offer their prayer to Lord Sun. Almost all the people wherever they are, their major desire is to celebrate Chhath puja at their home with their family members and villagers. Holi and Diwali are other two festivals celebrated with so much of gaiety. Other festivals such as Dusshera, Makar Sakranti, Id, Christmas and others are also celebrated.

Cuisine[edit]

"Khichdi", the both of rice and lentils, seasoned with spices, and served with several accompanying items like curd, chutney, pickles, papads, ghee (clarified butter) and chokha (boiled mashed potatoes, seasoned with finely cut onions, green chilies) constitutes the lunch for most on Saturdays and is a staple food here. Afternoon meals mostly consists of rice, lentil and vegetables while the dinner consists of rotis (flatbread) and vegetables. Belsand is also known for the sweet delicacies of Bihar including Chhena Jalebi (Jalebi, made of paneer) and Kala Jamun.

Crops[edit]

The major food crops are rice, wheat and maize. Apart from this, it is major producer of sugarcane, tobacco and other cash crops. Lentils, sunflower and mustard is also grown in this area.

How to reach[edit]

The town is 50 km from Muzaffarpur, which is the biggest town of north Bihar and 22 km from Sitamarhi, its district headquarters. 24 hours bus service, both private operator-managed and government-run BSRTC buses to provide connectivity to the village from Muzaffarpur, Patna and Sitamarhi.

Nearest railway stations

  • Muzaffarpur Junction: 50 km - a large number of trains are available from here to many destinations of India, and people of Belsad village generally prefer Muzaffarpur for commencing their long distance journeys.
  • Sitamarhi: 22 km

Nearest airport

  • Patna: around 125 km

Tourism[edit]

One of the very sacred place in Belsand is famous underground Shiv Temple called Demami Math. A large number of tourist places are there in nearby area.

  • Janki Mandir at Janki Asthan: 22 km from here

It is located in western part of Sitamarhi.The temple is nearly 100 years old. A large number of tourist visit this place.

  • Punaura Dham  :20 km

This is the birthplace of Goddess Sita. It is said that once Raja Janak ploughed the field for rain. It is now declared as a Religious Tourist spot by Government of Bihar.

Education[edit]

This is the educational hub of nearby areas. Many private schools have come up. Good government schools and colleges are also here. It provides good education to the students. Nearby villagers are also coming up for education here.

Sports[edit]

As in the rest of India, cricket is the most popular sport in Belsand. There are several cricket grounds (or maidans) located across the village.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Belsand
  2. ^ "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2011-03-01.