Dugda Platform Halt
|• Total||12.29 km2 (4.75 sq mi)|
|Elevation||205 m (673 ft)|
|• Official||Hindi, English, Khortha|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Known for Dugda Coal Washery, under Coal India Limited.|
Dugda (also known as Deonagar) is a census town in Bokaro district in the state of Jharkhand, India. It is a small township, constructed during the 1970s, situated under the foot of several small hills. Residents of the township are primarily employees of Dugda Coal Washery under Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL).
Dugda is located at  It has an average elevation of 218 metres (715 feet)..
As of 2001[update] India census, Dugda had a population of 18,864. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Dugda has an average literacy rate of 66%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 77% and, female literacy is 54%. In Dugda, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.
It has a small market situated between the town which fulfills the needs of the people.
Place of Interest
Khadeswari Temple - It is a very famous Temple for not only the people of Dugda but also for many other from other places. This place is also known as Pahari Mandir as it is situated on the top of the hill.
Milan Kendra - This is the marriage ceremony hall for the people.
Hanuman Mandir - There are three Hanuman Mandirs situated in the town. One in the middle of the market, second just below New B.C.C.L. Colony and the third one is in B.C.C.L Colony. All the temples are beautiful.
Shiv Mandir - Shiv Mandir is a temple situated at the rear side of the main market. It is the temple of Lord Shiva as the main deity, along with many other Hindu gods.
Apart from these, there is also a Gurudwara and a Mosque.
- Saraswati Shisu mandir Dugda, Bokaro
- Saraswati Vidya Mandir Dugda, Bokaro
- D.A.V Public school Dugda, Bokaro
- Bal Vikas School Dugda, Bokaro
- Vidya Sagar High School Dugda, Bokaro
- High School Dugda, Bokaro
There is a sports playground at the center of the town mainly used by the local residents for different sports and athletic interests, though it is also used for hosting tournaments, generally football, organized in Dugda. There are many other smaller fields in the rest part of Dugda.
Festivals like Chhath Puja, Diwali, Durga Puja, Id, Sarhul are celebrated across the township with equal fervor and joy by the multicultural population here. On the tenth day of Durga Puja, the Ravana effigy is burnt, which signifies victory of good over bad. People not only from the town but also from the neighboring places gather here to witness this grand spectacle.
There is a general hospital in the township for the care of people. There are many small dispensaries and ayurvedic centers also.
The town is well connected through roads and rail. The railway halt(as is better known) is a single line (broadguage) connection between Katrasgarh and Chandrapura.
The town has become quite popular in the local area for the hill top temple (Khadeswari Temple) named after a holy sadhu (Baba Khadeswari)and thus also serves as a tourist attraction here. The temple construction started in the early seventies and thereafter developmental activities continued through earnings and donations from temple visitors, followers of Baba Khadeswari and Dugda Coal Washery's employees.
Baba Khadeswari was a Sadhu from Uttar Pradesh, who had visited this place in the early seventies and had decided to build a temple on the hill top. He never spoke and communicated only through sign language. He stood throughout his life and used to wear wooden paduka.
Today the temple has become a small tourist attraction. Pucca road from the bottom of the hill till the hill top has already been constructed.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Dugda
- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
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