Bhojpur district, India

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Bhojpur District
Arrah–Chhapra Bridge
Location of Bhojpur district in Bihar
Location of Bhojpur district in Bihar
Map of Bhojpur district showing subdivisions
Map of Bhojpur district showing subdivisions
Coordinates (Arrah): 25°46′N 84°52′E / 25.767°N 84.867°E / 25.767; 84.867
Country India
 • District collectorRoshan Kushwaha (IAS)
 • Lok Sabha constituenciesArrah
 • Vidhan Sabha constituencies
 • Total2,395 km2 (925 sq mi)
 • Total2,728,407
 • Density1,100/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
 • Literacy72.79%
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationBR-03
Major highwaysNH-84, NH-30

Bhojpur district is one of the thirty-eight districts of the Indian state of Bihar. Arrah town (also known as Ara) is the administrative headquarters of this district. Bhojpur district came into existence in 1972. Earlier it was the part of Shahabad district. This district is named "Bhojpur" after great Parmara King Bhoja as most early settlers were Rajput rulers of Parmara dynasty then called as Ujjainiya.[1][2]

In the year 1972, Shahabad district was bifurcated in two parts namely Bhojpur and Rohtas. Buxar was a subdivision of old Bhojpur district then. In 1992, Buxar became a separate district and presently the rest of Bhojpur district has now three sub-divisions – Ara Sadar, Jagdishpur and Piro.


Bhojpur district occupies an area of 2,395 square kilometres (925 sq mi).[3]

It is located (the headquarter Arrah) at a longitude of 83° 45' to 84° 45' East and the latitude is 25° 10' to 25° 40' North and is situated at a height of 193 meters above sea level.[4]


In 2006 the Indian government named Bhojpur one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[5] It is one of the 38 districts in Bihar currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[5]


Till 1972, Bhojpur was part of old Shahabad District. The present district of Bhojpur came into existence in 1972, when Shahabad district was bifurcated in two parts namely Bhojpur and Rohtas. From 1972 to 1992, Buxar was a sub-division of Bhojpur district only. Later in 1992 Buxar district got separated from Bhojpur district. Bhojpur falls under Patna division.

The district has got 1209 villages, 36 police stations and 1 municipality, Arrah, which has now become a Municipal Corporation.[6]

Presently Bhojpur district has three (3) Sub-Divisions ie Ara Sadar, Jagdishpur and Piro which is further divided into 14 Blocks[7] These 14 Blocks consists of 228 Gram Panchayats and 1,244 Villages.


The climate of the district is of moderately extreme type. The summers are hot and the winter are cool. Most of the rain that the district receives is from the South- West monsoon, during July and August. Winters are quite dry and light showers may take place during the Rabi crop.


According to the 2011 census Bhojpur district, Bihar has a population of 2,728,407,[8] roughly equal to the nation of Kuwait[9] or the US state of Nevada.[10] This gives it a ranking of 145th in India (out of a total of 640).[8] The district has a population density of 1,136 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,940/sq mi) .[8] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001–2011 was 21.27%.[8] Bhojpur has a sex ratio of 907 females for every 1000 males,[8] and a literacy rate of 72.79%. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes make up 15.59% and 0.51% of the population respectively.[8]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.


Religions in Bhojpur district (2011)[12]
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Languages in Bhojpur district (2011)[13]

  Bhojpuri (92.06%)
  Hindi (5.23%)
  Urdu (2.49%)
  Others (0.21%)

At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 92.06% of the population in the district spoke Bhojpuri, 5.23% Hindi and 2.50% Urdu as their first language. Bhojpuri is considered a Hindi dialect in the census, so in census data its speakers are categorized as speaking Hindi.[13]

Languages include Bhojpuri, a language with almost 2,000,000 speakers, according to the study of 'Times of India Daily' written in both the Devanagari and Kaithi scripts,[14] Hindi and Urdu.



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  1. ^ Gopal, Surendra (22 December 2017). Mapping Bihar: From Medieval to Modern Times. ISBN 9781351034166.
  2. ^ Singh, Surinder; Gaur, I. D. (2008). Popular Literature and Pre-modern Societies in South Asia. ISBN 9788131713587.
  3. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti, ed. (2010). "States and Union Territories: Bihar: Government". India 2010: A Reference Annual (54th ed.). New Delhi, India: Additional Director General, Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (India), Government of India. pp. 1118–1119. ISBN 978-81-230-1617-7.
  4. ^ "About District | Welcome To Bhojpur District | India". Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  5. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (8 September 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  6. ^ Babu Veer Kunwar Singh Babu Veer Kunwar Singh. "Welcome To Bhojpur District | India". Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  7. ^ , Bhojpur District, Bihar.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  9. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Kuwait 2,595,62
  10. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2011. Nevada 2,700,551
  11. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  12. ^ "Population by Religious Community – 2011". Census of India, 2011. Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India.
  13. ^ a b 2011 Census of India, Population By Mother Tongue
  14. ^ M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Bhojpuri: A language of India". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 30 September 2011.

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Coordinates: 25°33′22″N 84°39′55″E / 25.5562°N 84.6653°E / 25.5562; 84.6653