|• Urban||38.26 km2 (14.77 sq mi)|
|Elevation||36 m (118 ft)|
|• Metropolitan City||201,597|
|• Official||Bhojpuri, Hindi, Urdu, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Saran|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Chapra|
Chhapra grew in importance as a river-based market in the 18th century when the Dutch, French, Portuguese, and English established saltpeter refineries in the area. It was recognized as a municipality in 1864. The city has major rail and road connections with the rest of India and a distance of few minutes from Uttar Pradesh by Train.
The earliest authentic historical record concerning this district is supposedly[weasel words] from 898 AD. It suggests that the village of Dighwa Dubauli in Saran had supplied a copper plate issued during the reign of King Mahendra Paldeva. Maharshi Dadhichi, who donated his bones to the gods for the manufacture of arms, belongs to Saran. The cottage of Dronacharya was situated there. Gautamasthan, which is 8 km from chapra, used to be Maharshi Gautam's ashram. Lord Rama gave Devi Ahiylya (wife of Maharshi Gautam) her life back after she turned to stone due to a curse. The fight of "Gaj" (Elephant) and "Grah" (Crocodile) was made at Sonepur in Saran also. Ambica Sthan or Ambika Bhawani (Ami, Dighwara) is famous for the goddess Durga temple. This place believed to be the "yagna sthal" of King Daksha, the father in law of Hindu God Lord Shiva. Annoyed with the ill behavior of her father King Daksha,'Sati' Lord Shiva's first wife took voluntary fall into "Yagna Kund". The said "Yagna Kund" is still present with in the temple campus of the Ambika Bhawani.
In ancient days, modern-day chapra was a part of Kosala. Kosala was bounded on the west by Panchala, by the river Sarpika (sai) in the south, on the east by Gandak and on the north by Nepal. Kosala consisted of modern-day Faizabad, Gonda, Basti, Gorakhpur, Deoria in Uttar Pradesh and Saran. The historical background of the district - as available in the 'Ain-E-Akbari - records Saran as one of the six Sarkars (revenue divisions) in the province of Bihar. When Diwani was granted to the British East India Company in 1765, there were eight Sarkars including Saran and Champaran. These two were later combined to form Saran. Saran (along with Champaran) was included in the Patna Division when the Commissioner's Divisions were set up in 1829. Champaran became a separate district in 1866. Saran was made a part of newly formed Tirhut Division in 1908. By this time there were three subdivisions in this district, namely Saran, Siwan and Gopalganj. In 1972, each subdivision of the old Saran district became an independent district. The new Saran district was still headquartered at chapra after the separation of Siwan and Gopalganj.
The Ashoka Pillar is located about 33 km from chapra (5 km from Maker Village). This is the place where Lord Buddha made his 13th stop on his way to attaining nirvana. He converted Amrapali, a local courtesan and powerful prostitute, into a saint. This is now a tourist attraction for Buddhists and is well maintained by the archaeological survey of India. At Chirand near chapra, ancient bones were found and are placed in the chapra Museum. It is famous for King Maurayadhwaj, who was ready to sacrifice his only son to Vaman Avatar Lord Vishnu.
Now Saran is the Division of Bihar. Saran is Divided into 3 parts-Chapra, Siwan, Gopalganj.
Chapra Ara and Ballia are often colloquially referred to as the "ABC" region of Bhojpuri. Indentured laborers of this region have taken Bhojpuri across the Indian border to Fiji, Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago, Surinam and Guyana. Bhojpuri is the only language from India spoken in Fiji, Surinam, Mauritius, Guyana and Trinidad.
Chhapra is located at  It has an average elevation of 36 metres (118 ft)..
The district of Saran is situated between 25°36' and 26°13' north latitude and 84°24' and 85°15' east longitude in the southern post of the Saran Division of North Bihar. The Ganges river provides the southern boundary of the district, beyond which lie the districts of Bhojpur and Patna. To the north of Saran lie the districts of Siwan and Gopalganj. The Gandak river forms the dividing line with the Vaishali and Muzaffarpur districts in the east. To the west of Saran lie the districts of Siwan and Balia in Uttar Pradesh. The Ghaghra river forms a natural boundary between Saran and Ballia.
The district is shaped like a triangle; its apex is the confluence of the boundary of the Gopalganj district and the Gandak – Ganges river. The district is made up entirely of plains, but several depressions and marshes create three broad natural divisions:
- The alluvial plains along the big rivers, which are subject to periodic inundation.
- The uplands away from the rivers, not subject to floods.
- The riverbed diara areas.
Out of twenty blocks in the districts, six (Sonepur, Dighwara, Revelganj, chapra, Manjhi and Dariyapur) regularly flood. Six others are partially affected by floods (Parsa, Marhoura, Amnaur, Jalalpur, and Ekma). The soil of the district is alluvial. No minerals of economic value are found in the district.
|Climate data for Chhapra|
|Average high °C (°F)||23.1
|Average low °C (°F)||9.2
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||13.0
Chhapra Railway Station is a railway junction and A1 category model station on the North Eastern Railway and is connected directly to all the major cities of India, viz., Siwan, Kolkata, Delhi, Amritsar, Patna, Kanpur, Ranchi, Guwahati, Varanasi, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chennai, Jammu, Ahmedabad, Nagpur, Allahabad, Jaipur, etc. Many Trains also started from here like Ganga Kaveri Express, Utsarg Express, Chhapra-Delhi Express, Chhapra-Durg Express, Chhapra-Tata Express, Chhapra-Chennai Express, Chhapra-LTT Express, Chhapra-Mathura and many others. Two more stations are located in Chhapra:-
- Chhapra Kachheri
- Jai Prakash University Halt
As per 2011 census, Chapra Urban Agglomeration had a population of 212,955. Chapra Urban Agglomeration includes Chapra (Nagar Panchayat) and Sanrha (Census Town). chapra Nagar Panchayat had a total population of 201,597, out of which 106,250 were males and 95,347 were females. It had a sex ratio of 897. The population below 5 years was 27,668. The literacy rate of the 7+ population was 81.30 per cent.
The main commercial site is the municipal chowk. Hathwa market is famous for selling textiles. As of 2006 a locomotive factory was planned for the district. The Morton chocolate factory was located at Marhowrah. In addition, sugarcane, iron and cotton factories are located in Marhowrah.The Rail wheel factory, Bela are located in Dariyapur. It is the second factory in India to produce more than 1,00,000 wheels after Benglore.This factory was made by M/s Larsen and Toubro with an investment of 1400 crores rupees.
- Lok Nayak Jayprakash Institute Of Technology,Chhapra
- Jai Prakash University
- Loknayak Jai Prakash Institute Of Technology,Saran
- Rajendra College
- Jagdam College
- Ganga singh Mahavidyalah
- Ramjaipal College
- J.P.Mahila College
- Dr. R. N. Singh Evenving College
- Biseswar Dayal Sinha Memorial Mahila College
- Dr. P.N. Singh College
- Jawahar Lal ITI Mura Pool Basant Garkha Chapra
- Eden Junior College
- Pragatisheel Yuva Kendra Bahadurpur
- Jawaharlal Industrial Training Institute, Mura pool, Garkha Basant
- Ambika Industrial Training Institute
- Kunal Industrial Training Institute, Rouja Chapra
- Radiance Institute of IT & Management (RIIM), Bajrang Nagar, Chapra
- Delhi Public School
- Jalalpur High School, Jalalpur, Chhapra
- Chidren Deight School
- B.N PUBLIC School, Ramnagar by-pass Road N.H-19, Chhapra
- B.N.P.S Hansrajpur Puchhri, Chhapra
- Radiance Preparatory School, Kashi Bazar, Chapra
- Brajkishore Kinder Garden, chapra
- Sharaswati shishu Mandir, chapra
- International Public School,Chhapra
- Central Public School
- Chapra Central School
- Radiance Central School, Revelganj
- Acharya Narendra Dev Public School, Khalpura
- Bhagwat Vidhyapeeth
- Adrash Janta High School, Naini, Chapra(Saran)
- Shakti Santi Academy, AMI
- Sita Ram Project Valika Uchhtar Vidyalya, Pojhi Kapoor
- Zila School, Chhapra
- Reema Harinarayan Singh Balika Ucch Vidalaya
- Naini Zila School
- Sita Ram Girls High School, Pojhi Kapoor
- Sri Krishna High School, Kewani
- Mahant Ram Prayag Das High School, Khairanpur(Math),Mashrakh
- Saran Academy
- Rajput High School
- Brahmin School
- Lok Manya English High School
- Rana Pratap high school
- Hariji High School
- R.S.K.S. High School Khalpura
- Darihara High School
- Gautam Rishi Uccha vidyalay, Revelganj
- J.M. High School, Raipura Garkha
- Islamia High School, Olhanpur
- B.N.High School, Mohamadpur
- Ishwari High School, Basant
- Mahmood Memorial Girls High school
- R.N. High School Parsagarh
- Rajendra Collegiate
- Sri Yamuna Chari High School, Dariyapur
- Mahant Ram Saran Das High School, Naraon
- Mishri Lal Sah Arya Kanya High School, Sahebganj
- F.M Convent, Junior School, Karim Chak
- Sadhu Lal High School, Roopganj
- Mahant Ram Swaroop Das High School, Bahuara(Math),Mashrakh
- Dr. Rajendra Prasad, freedom fighter and first president of India
- Jayaprakash Narayan, Political Leader From Sitabdiyara, Chhapra
- Bhikhari Thakur, poet and singer, "Shakespeare of Bhojpuri"
- Brajkishore Prasad, National Activitist
- Daroga Prasad Rai , 10th Chief Minister Of Bihar.
- Laloo Prasad Yadav ,Past Member of Parliament from Saran Constituency, Past Chief Minister of Bihar, Past Railway Minister Of India.
- Surur Hoda, Socialist leader and Order of British Empire (OBE) recipient.
- Chitragupta (composer), music director and father of composers Anand-Milind
- Atlas of Mutual Heritage
- Atlas of Mutual Heritage
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Chapra
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