Motihari

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Motihari
Bapudham Motihari
City
Motihari is located in Bihar
Motihari
Motihari
Location in Bihar, India
Coordinates: 26°39′00″N 84°55′00″E / 26.65000°N 84.91667°E / 26.65000; 84.91667Coordinates: 26°39′00″N 84°55′00″E / 26.65000°N 84.91667°E / 26.65000; 84.91667
Country  India
State Bihar
District Purvi Champaran
Founded by Government
Government
 • Type Democracy
 • Body Democratic
Elevation 62 m (203 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 101,506
Languages
 • Official Bhojpuri, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 845401
Telephone code 06252
Vehicle registration BR-05
Lok Sabha constituency Purvi Champaran
Vidhan Sabha constituency Motihari
Website eastchamparan.bih.nic.in

Motihari is the headquarters of East Champaran district (Purbi Champaran district) in the Indian state of Bihar. It is one of the important cities of Bihar.

History[edit]

In 1866 Champaran was made into a district with Motihari as its headquarters. On 1 December 1977, the Champaran district was divided into the districts of Purbi Champaran (East Champaran) and Paschimi Champaran (West Champaran). Motihari and Bettiah became headquarters of East Champaran district and West Champaran district respectively.

The municipality of Motihari was established in 1879. Though no authentic data is available, one of the oldest structures in Motihari appears to be the Briksha Sthan Math, a temple of the guardian deity of Motihari, dating back to 1805. During the British era, the town flourished and it became one of the important centers in North Bihar. Mahatma Gandhi came to Champaran to see the condition of farmers who were forced by the British to cultivate indigo in place of food grains.

Geography[edit]

Motihari is around 165 km from Patna, the capital of Bihar, 50 km from Bettiah, and 82 km from Muzaffarpur. The city is close to Nepal. Birgunj, the second largest city of Nepal, is 55 km away. The closest villages are Madhubani ghat, Sirsha, and Pataura. The river Burhi Gandak flows nearby.

Climate[edit]

Climate is characterized by high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification sub-type for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).

Climate data for Motihari
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 22
(72)
26
(78)
31
(88)
34
(93)
36
(96)
34
(93)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(89)
30
(86)
27
(80)
23
(74)
29.9
(85.8)
Average low °C (°F) 8
(47)
11
(51)
15
(59)
21
(69)
24
(75)
26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
25
(77)
21
(69)
13
(56)
9
(48)
18.8
(65.7)
Precipitation mm (inches) 23
(0.9)
10
(0.4)
30
(1)
43
(1.7)
71
(2.8)
201
(7.9)
437
(17.2)
280
(11)
250
(10)
100
(4)
5
(0.2)
0
(0)
1,450
(57.1)
Source: Weatherbase[1]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[2] and As per provisional reports of Census India [8], the population of Motihari in 2011 was 125,183; of which male and female are 67,438 and 57,745 respectively. The sex ratio of Motihari city is 856 per 1000 males.

Total literates in Motihari city are 94,926 of which 52,904 are males while 42,022 are females. The average literacy rate is 87.20 percent of which male and female literacy was 90.36 and 83.52 percent.

The children aged 0-6 in Motihari city are 16,325, as per the Census India report, in 2011. There were 8,891 boys and 7,434 are girls. The child sex ratio of girls is 836 per 1000 boys.

Transport[edit]

Motihari has rail and road services.

Railways[edit]

Bapudham Motihari Station is an A grade category railway station and is one of the most busiest stations of Samastipur Division. It is connected to some major cities of India viz Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar, Kanpur, Guwahati,Jammu, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Porbandar, Lucknow, Guwahati, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga and Bareilly.

Roadways[edit]

Motihari is connected with Muzaffarpur, Lucknow,and Kathmandu by NH28. Bus services are available to Muzaffarpur, Patna, Darbhanga,and Kathmandu.

Notable people[edit]

George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, was born in Motihari in 1903. His father, Richard Walmesley Blair was a deputy posted in the opium department in Bihar. When he was one year old, George left for England with his mother and sister. Until recently, the town of Motihari was largely unaware of its connection with Orwell. In 2003, Motihari discovered its role in Orwell's life when a number of journalists arrived in the city for Orwell's hundredth birthday. Local officials are making plans for the construction of a museum on Orwell's life.[3][4][5] The museum plans remain in abeyance in 2014.[6]

Khan Bahadur Azizul Huq was one of the two Indian police officers who worked with Edward Henry in the development of fingerprint classification, known as the Henry Classification System, still widely used around the world. "It was Khan Bahadur Azizul Huq who evolved a mathematical formula to supplement Henry's idea of sorting slips in 1024 pigeon holes, based on fingerprint patterns. Rai Bahadur Hem Chandra Bose made further contribution to the fingerprint science by evolving an extended system of subclassificaiton, a telegraphic code for finger impression and a system of single-digit classificaiton."[7] Both Haque and Bose eventually received honoraria and recognition from the Government of India. At the time of final approval of the honorarium for Haque, the Home Department (Government of India) noted, "It appears from the information now received that he (Haque) was Sir Edward Henry's principal helper in perfecting the scheme and he actually himself devised the method of classification which is in universal use. He thus contributed most materially to a discovery which is of worldwide importance and has brought a great credit to the police of India."[8] Upon retirement from the Police service in Bengal and Bihar, Khan Bahadur Azizul Huq settled in Motihari, and he is buried there.

The modern Hindi poet, author and freedom fighter of 1942 Quit India Movement Ramesh Chandra Jha belongs to the Phulwariya district of Motihari.

R.C.Jha

Thakur Ramapati Singh was a freedom fighter, MLA. Minister, and MP from Motihari. Ram Behari Sharma, Advocate of the Supreme Court Of India, High Court Of India,Civil Court), freedom fighter, founder of Women's College,Motihari

Tourism[edit]

Kesaria[edit]

Kesaria has the tallest and the largest Buddhist stupa in the world. The stupa was discovered in 1998 during an excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The stupa dates to between 200 AD and 750 AD and may have been associated with the 4th century ruler, Raja Chakravarti. At 104 feet, Kesaria Stupa is one foot taller than the Borobodur Stupa in Java. It is also taller than the second largest stupa at Ghorakatora in the Nalanda district. The National Informatics Centre of East Champaran (Motihari) suggests the Kesaria Stupa was 123 feet tall before the 1934 earthquake in Bihar. According to a report by the A.S.I., the Kesaria Stupa was originally 150 feet in height. The height of Sanchi Stupa a world heritage site is 77.50 feet.

The largest Hindu temple in the world - Virat Ramayan Mandir - will be 2268 ft. in length, 1296 ft. in width and 440 ft. in height. Its location is at Janaki Nagar near Kesaria in North Bihar, 120 km. from Patna and 60 km. from the historic town of Vaishali. It is spread over 200 acres on the main Kesaria Chakia road near Kathwalia-Bahuara village.

Like South-East Asian temples it has layers instead of floors and in the first layer the visitor has to walk more than a kilometre to see four temples with shikhars (spires) in four corners. In the last layer the main Rãma temple consisting of Rãma, Sitã, Lava, Kusha and Valmiki will be at a height of 66 ft. with will have a sitting capacity for 20 thousand devotees at one time. In all there will be 18 temples with high spires. The Shive temple will comprise the largest Saiva-Linga in the world.

The Hanuman (Mahavir) Mandir at Patna, after having established four philanthropic hospitals in the capital of Bihar, has undertaken the construction of the largest Hindu temple in the world Virat Ramayan Mandir which will be larger than even Angkor Wat Temple situated in Cambodia, considered the largest Hindu temple for centuries. Assets of the temple and its institutions are estimated at Rs. 300 crore. The cost of the new project Virat Ramayan Mandir will be around Rs. 500 crore. The temple trust provides Rs. 1 crore every year for the treatment of poor patients in cancer and other hospitals run by the temple trust.

Gandhi Smarak (Motihari)[edit]

The foundation stone of the Gandhi memorial pillar was laid on 10 June 1972 by the then Governor, Mr. D.K.Barooch and dedicated to the nation by Mr. Vidyakar Kavi, a Gandhian, on 18 April 1978. The memorial pillar was designed by the artist of Santiniketan Mr. Nand lal Bose to commemorate the memory of Champaran Satyagah of Mahatma Gandhi who first raised voice against the atrocities of the British Indigo planters against poor peasants of Champaran.

Moti Jheel[edit]

Moti Jheel is the heart of Motihari. This is a lake and canal in the heart of the city of Motihari. It divides Motihari into two sections. Spectacular views are available for visitors on either side of the canal. Activities such as boating and sightseeing are available. A flyover has been opened to allow the public to commute more easily. It resolves travel issues near the railway crossing.

Dariyapur[edit]

Dariya pur is situated 7 km from Areraj and 11 km from kotwah, Government Teacher Training Collage, G.P.O. - General Post office, Government Madarsha Islamia Dariyapur.

Phenhara Phenhara is a small town 35 km away from Motihari. It has a very old middle school, which was established before 1930. Mahatma Gandhi once visited the town. Phenhara provides an example of Hindu and Muslim unity. The town has a sangam of Middle School, H F High School and Madarsa Islamia.

Shiva Linga at Someshwar Temple

Lauria (Areraj Lauria)[edit]

The Lauria is 2 kilometers away from Areraj on the Betia-Areraj road. The emperor Ashok had built a Pillar known as Ashok Satambh. The pillar which is also known as "Stambh dharma lekh" bears the edict of Emperor Ashok. It is believed that this Ashok Satambh is 36 feet high with 37.6 inches of base weighs 40 tons. It seems the ASI department of India has taken the top or crown part of this Ashok Satambh, statue of Lion has been deposited in Kolkata museum.

Areraj is a historic place, known for a famous shiv Mandir. Millions of Shiv Bhakt arrive every year on the occasion of Mahashivratri. Five kelometers towards east a small village Fatuha a place of inspiration, Shree Bhabhikshan Shah, was a freedom fighter and sent to jail during Indigo Movement of Mahatma Gandhi. His younger son Shree Ram Lal Shah is a social worker, working for the development of minorities. His grandson Dr. S.N. Prasad (M.Sc,Bot.) works for the society.

Kesaria[edit]

Kesaria is a town in Bihar in the district of East Champaran, near Rampur Khajuria (NH28). It is the site of a stupa built by the King Ashoka. It is one of, if not the largest stupa in India.

The Buddha once stayed in Kesariya (then called "Kesaputta"). On that occasion, he preached the Kesaputtiya Suttas (a group of sutras preached to the Kalamas of Kesaputta - A.i.188), which include the Kalama Sutta.[9] The inhabitants of Kesariya were the Kosalans and the Kalamas.

Kesaria Stupa

Kesaria claims the tallest and the largest Buddhist Stupa in the world. The stupa was discovered in 1998 during an excavation by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The stupa dates to between 200 AD and 750 AD and may have been associated with the 4th century ruler, Raja Chakravarti.[10]

Height At 104 feet, Kesaria Stupa is one foot taller than the Borobodur Stupa in Java. It is also taller than the second largest stupa at Ghorakatora in the Nalanda district.[11] The National Informatics Centre of East Champaran (Motihari) suggests the Kesaria Stupa was 123 feet tall before the 1934 earthquake in Bihar. According to a report by the A.S.I., the Kesaria Stupa was originally 150 feet in height. The height of Sanchi Stupa a world heritage site is 77.50 feet.[citation needed]

Transportation and hotels at Kesaria Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation[12] provides travel and accommodation from the state capital, Patna, for visits to the Bodh circuit (Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Vaishali, Kesaria, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Sarnath), Jain Circuit (Rajgir, Pawapuri), and Sikh Circuit in Bihar. The corporation owns hotels and circuit homes at these tourist destinations.

Gallery

Mehsi[edit]

Main article: Mehsi

Mehsi is a small town located in the East Champaran district of Bihar state. Mehsi is an entry point for East Champaran for travellers from Patna, Muzaffarpur to Raxaul, connected both by railway and roadway. Mehasi is famous for pearl button industry which is made from oyster shell available in the river Sikarahana. There are many button factories, a small scale industry, although most of the people depend upon agriculture and commerce.

Raxaul[edit]

Raxaul is a major town in the district of East Champaran and is the border town of India with Nepal. The town is known as the Gate way to Nepal. It is connected by NH28A and is 32 km away from Chhapawa (on NH28A), 52 km from Motihari (the District Town) and 60 km from Bettiah - the District town of West Champaran. Birganj - the Second Big City of Nepal is 3 km away from this town.

School

  • G.D.S. Academy - English medium up to 10+2 C.B.S.E Affiliated.
  • Cambridge Public School.
  • Duncon Academy.
  • K.H. School.
  • Sarsawati Vidhya Mandir

Ramgarhwah[edit]

15 kilometer from Raxaul and 17 kilometer from Chapwa.15 kilometer from Sugauli. HPCL has set up a sugar plant 15 kilometer from Ramgarhwah. Ramgarhwah station is 2 kilometers from Ramgarhwah city.

Chhapara Bahas[edit]

17 km from motihari, 6 km from sagauli, close to budhi gandak river. Chhapara bahas is famous for "Suryavansh Gau Mata Seva Kendra" and the Hindu tample "Bansapti Mai Mandir"

Education[edit]

Motihari has educational institutions like:

  • Munshi Singh Mahavidyalaya, affiliated to B.R.A.Bihar University is one of the oldest degree colleges in Champaran.
  • S.A.N.S College, Motihari.
  • Zila Government School is one of the oldest secondary high schools of Bihar, established in 1911 by the British government.
  • Government Teacher Training Collage Dariyapur.
  • Mangal Seminary (1927).
  • Gopal Sah Vidyalaya (1918).
  • M.J.K. Girls High School.
  • Gopal sah Vidyalay (previously this was Hakok Academy: in this hostel George Orwell was born).

The Central University of Bihar[edit]

On June 13, 2012, the Government of India announced the setting up of the Central University of Bihar at Motihari. This would be the second central university in Bihar besides the one at Gaya.[13]

Colleges for higher learning include Mahila College (a college for women), ANS College, S.N.S. College, L.N.D. College, and K.T.College near Singhiya gumti. All are affiliated to B.R.A.B.U.. An engineering college named as Motihari College of Engineering was established by the Bihar Government. It is now affiliated with the recently formed Aryabhatta Knowledge University, Patna. M. It is under the administrative control of the Department of Science and Technology and wholly funded by the government of Bihar. It offers undergraduate courses in four streams of engineering. The institute caters to the research and development activities of the state of Bihar. The College of Ayurvedic and Unani Medicine (Homeopathy Medical College, Motihari) provides medical education.

Colleges of Motihari and Esat Champaran district are

  • Dariya Pur Government Teacher Training Collage Dariya Pur.
  • Motihari College of Engineering.
  • R.N.M. Ayurved College (Ravindra Nath Mukharjee Ayurved Mahavidyalaya).
  • Dr. S. P. Singh College Of Teacher Education.
  • M.S.College (Munshi Singh College), Chandmari, Motihari.
  • LND College (Laxmi Narayan Dubey College), Sri Krishna Nagar.

Public schools in the town are:

  • C S DAV Public school, Kotwa Road, Bankat.
  • Jeewan Public School, Chandmari.
  • Modern Public School, Chandmari.
  • Shantiniketan Jubilee School, Shantipuri.
  • The Central School, Hospital Chowk.
  • Jawahar navodaya Vidyalaya(J.N.V East champaran) situated at Pipra kothi (13 km away from Motihari).

Industries[edit]

Industries in Motihari sub-division are mostly small-scale such as a paper factory, a sugar mill, and some other small-scale industries. A sugar factory is under development in Sariyatpur which will produce sugar, ethanol and electrical power. Motihari’s sugar mill is one of the largest in Bihar. In the villages surrounding Motihari, most people's livelihood depends on agriculture and dairy products. The Motihari area is also known for its litchi fruit and Mitha Alua (sweet potatoes).

Notable people from Motihari[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]