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|'Behea or Bihiya'
|• Total||100 km2 (40 sq mi)|
|• Density||210/km2 (540/sq mi)|
|• Official||Bhojpuri, Hindi|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Sex ratio||58-42 ♂/♀|
As of 2001[update] India census, Behea had a population of 20,809. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Behea has an average literacy rate of 59%, lower than the national average of 59.5%; with 59% of the males and 41% of females literate. 17% of the population is under 6 years of age.
This town is alternatively spelled as Bihiya. The town has a railway station, a bus stop and is a business hub for small time traders, who mainly collect agricultural produce from the farmers and sell in larger cities and even in neighboring countries.This place has huge business potential but due to heavy power shortage it could not shape up into reality.There are a handful of timber and stone traders too, who get timber and stone slabs from bigger cities and supply it to the villagers, who use it for construction of their house.Some of the popular trading company at this place are Hanuman timber merchant, Vishwakarma Hardware & Stone Company. In the field of education Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Don Bosco Academy and some government based are running in parallel.
Another reason why many people visit the town is because of the "Mahthin Mai" temple. It is considered to be very holy for Hindus and the temple compound hosts a number of fairs.
The local people continue to follow old traditions and rituals. This town has a population of Hindus as well as Muslims. This town consists of many villages such as Mathiya, Baswadiya. The traditional breakfast food of jalebi and puri and a lot of other sweets are available just outside of Behea railway station. Sweets are very famous among people of Bihiya. Another famous food item of Bhojpur, Litti Chokha is aviable at every nook and corner of town. The men folks mostly wear dhoti-kurta while the women wear sarees.
Villages in this region are generally divided according to the castes, but some villages such as Mathiya is a mix of Rajputs, Yadavs and other castes.
It is an agricultural area where main production is wheat and rice. People have their own cattle and agricultural lands. A few Zamindars also lend their farms to others for cultivation. A tributary of Ganga flows by the village, which makes it easier for irrigation.
- "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.