Behea

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'Behea or Bihiya'
बिहिया
city
Nickname(s): Bihiya
'Behea or Bihiya' is located in Bihar
'Behea or Bihiya'
'Behea or Bihiya'
Location in Bihar, India
Coordinates: 25°33′39″N 84°27′34″E / 25.5607°N 84.45935°E / 25.5607; 84.45935Coordinates: 25°33′39″N 84°27′34″E / 25.5607°N 84.45935°E / 25.5607; 84.45935
Country  India
State Bihar
District Bhojpur
Area
 • Total 100 km2 (40 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 20,809
 • Density 210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Bhojpuri, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 802152
Sex ratio 58-42 /
Website bhojpur.bih.nic.in

Behea or Bihiya is a small town in Bhojpur district in the state of Bihar, India. This name is also transliterated as Bihiya.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[1] 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 language of almost all people in Behea and the rest of Bhojpur district is Bhojpuri, a very rich language.

Culture[edit]

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.

Economy[edit]

It is an agricultural area where main production is wheat and rice.[citation needed] 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.