|Elevation||69 m (226 ft)|
|• Total||8,646 (census 2,001)|
|• Official||Hindi, Santali|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Mahagama ( Hindi: महागामा ) is a small town in the north-east of the Indian state of Jharkhand. Mahagama block is one of eight revenue blocks of Godda district and an assembly constituency in Jharkhand. Mahagama and Urjanagar together form a twin town within Mahagama block and are therefore a major economic center of the district. The Urjanagar township is full planned and all the amenities can be seen here. Mahagama is located 25.88 km from Godda, the main city in Godda district, and 278 km from the state capital Ranchi.
It is a very organised and well planned township done by Eastern Coalfields Ltd., Dhankunda, a colony of more than 1,441 house blocks, a hospital, a shopping complex, Rajendra Stadium, and D.A.V Public School. The town premises consist of several fields and courts as playgrounds for children, parks, and three clubs for holding meetings, parties and occasional celebrations. As the whole area is quite spiritual, there are various temples of several deities.
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Mahagama is located at .The total area covered by the Mahagama block is about 15,953 Hcs and the average elevation is 69 metres above sea level. Mahagama is surrounded by hilly areas, with Kaleshari mountain on the east side of town. Laterite soil and red soil are the types of soil found in this block.
Mahagama experiences a hot dry summer, a good rainy season and a cool winter. Thunderstorms accompanied with severe squalls occur in pre-monsoon months. Average daytime highs are in the mid 80s°F to low 90s°F (around 30–32 °C) throughout the state in July, with overnight lows in the mid 60s°F to low 70s°F (20–22 °C). Dust storms occur occasionally in April and May. Morning fogs are seen in winter season.
Flora and fauna
Trees in this part of Godda district can be classified in three groups – fruit-bearing trees, trees for timber and fuel and flower-producing trees, Among fruit-bearing trees Mango, Jacktree, Date-palm, Imli, Plum, Wood Apple, Custard Apple, and Bair tree (Ziziphus Mauritiana) are most common. Trees of jack fruit and mango are distributed across the block, and Avla, Black plum, Guava, Papaya trees are also available in large number. Mahua (basis latifolia), Gamhar (genelina arborea), Asan (Terminalia tomentosa), Murga (Ptercarpus marsupium), Shisham (Dahbergia sissso), Sal (Shorearobusta), Margosa (Melia Azadirachta), Semar (Silk Cotton) and Sahjan (Morniga aneiphera) etc. are used as timber trees. Some medicinal plants have also been identified, which are used in incurable diseases. Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is one easily available such plant.
The town population has risen sharply in the last decade due to development and migration from neighborhood areas. As of the 2001 India census, the town had a population of 8,646. The following chart shows population statistics of Mahagama block:
The establishment of the Rajmahal Coal Mining Project in the 1980s triggered the development of Mahagama. Since then it has grown from a small village to a potential town. Basua Chowk and Shopping Complex are the main attraction for shoppers. Multiple hotels and complexes are opening due to growing demand. The town is also the home for the Shree Shyam Seva Trust Foundation, a charity organization that aims at helping poor and needy people of this territory. Land rates and inflation have risen significantly in past years.
Around 103 primary schools, 20 middle schools, eight secondary schools, one senior secondary school and many private schools are functional in Mahagama block as per census 2001. S.D.N. Academy is the most reputed school in the district. In the last few years, many privately run secondary and higher-secondary schools have opened. Recently, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) opened in the town area to provide elementary level education, with boarding facilities for girls belonging predominantly to the SC, ST, OBC and minorities in difficult areas. D.A.V Public School is the most reputed school which is also the best amongst nearby districts. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya is situated in the outer periphery of Mahagama.
Government-run schools are affiliated to Jharkhand Academic Council, while most of the private schools are affiliated to CBSE boards. Some of them are recognized at the state level. One madrasa (Badrul Uloom) is also functional in Mahagama, where underprivileged Muslim children get education free of cost.
Schools in Mahagama block
- S.D.N. Academy, Mahagama
- D.A.V. Public School, Urjanagar
- +2 J.N. High School, Mahagama
- Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Bara Simra
- Shree Mohan Aadarsh Madhya Vidyalaya, Mahagama
- St. Thomas School, Mohanpur
- St. Michael Anglo Indian School, Mohanpur (Affiliated to C B S E, New Delhi)
- Bethel Mission School, Urjanagar
- Modern Public School, Mahagama
- T.P. Children Academy, Mahagama
- M.P. Aadarsh, Mahagama
- Little Flower School, Mahagama
- Bal Vikash Vidyalaya, Mahagama (near Mausam Bahar)
- Inter college mahagama
- S.N Academy, Mahagama
The town has frequent connections with Godda, Bhagalpur, Kahlgaon and Pirpanti. Public transport is provided by buses, auto rickshaws and local vans. Bus services are also available for Sahibganj, Dumka, Tata, Kolkata, Deoghar and Ranchi. The territory has no rail link and air link. Helipad can be seen in the Urjanagar township of Mahagama. The nearest railway station is Kahlgaon Railway station. Jasidih and Bhagalpur railway stations serve as the primary gateway for travel to other parts of country.
Sports and lifestyle
Cricket is the most popular sport in Mahagama. People can be seen playing cricket on the streets. Football, Kabaddi, and badminton are some other popular sports played in this region. Rajendra Stadium is situated in the heart of Urjanagar town. Football Game is also most spiritual game in Urjanagar played by Santhals United Club, established in 2008. This stadium has been hosting many state level games and other sport events.
Durga Puja is a major festival of Urjanagar and Mahagama. People from distant places come to worship and enjoy puja season. This festivity ends with the Lanka Dahan program celebrated in the campus of Rajendra Stadium Urjanagar with many viewers.
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