Kursela

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Geography[edit]

It is located at an elevation of 25 m above MSL.[1]

Location[edit]

Kursela is 4 miles (6 km) north of the Bateshwar hills. National Highway 31 passes through Kursela. It is a station on the Barauni-Katihar section of Northeast Frontier Railway.

Origin of name and Mythological History[edit]

Kursela is a variant of Kuru-Shila, which translates as the hilly part of the region which once belonged to the king Kuru, the descendents of whom were called Kauravas and, in the Mahabharata, waged a war with the Pandavas, their cousins.

History[edit]

Kursela was a Zamindari under British India. R. B. Raghubansh Prasad Singh and the Laths were the last zamindaars of Kursela. The area was ruled by two Zamindaars. The Laths being the non Rajputs and Marwaris gave a tough competition to the Singhs. The Laths had built their house right in front of the Singh thereby forcing the Singhs to build a new one near the station. He was a great philanthropist, and administrator. The Singhs were the largest land donor in Vinoba Bhave's Bhoodan movement, wherein he donated 6,000 acres (24 km2) of land. He sponsored the opening of two schools and a hospital in Kursela. He also donated many houses and land to the congress party including the "Kala Bhavan" in Purnea. Kursela is famous for it integrity among various religion.

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