|Nickname(s): Medical city|
|Elevation||52 m (171 ft)|
|• Official||Hindi, Urdu, Maithili|
|• Other||English, Bengali, Marwari, Sindhi, Punjabi, Nepali|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||BR 07|
|Sex ratio||910:1000 ♂/♀|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Darbhanga|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Darbhanga, Darbhanga Rural|
Darbhangā is a city and municipal corporation in Bihar, India. It is the headquarters of Darbhanga district and Darbhanga division. Darbhanga is 5th largest city of Bihar & being developed rapidly. Darbhanga is also a second big medical hub of Bihar where patients comes from Nepal and its surroundings too. Historically, it was the seat of Darbhanga Raj.Currently it is also known as "cultural capital of Bihar" and unannounced "capital of Mithilanchal".
- 1 History
- 2 Languages and religion
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Climate
- 5 Geography
- 6 Transport
- 7 Media and communications
- 8 Education
- 9 Notable people From Darbhanga
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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The history of Darbhanga dates back to the Ramayana and Mahabharata periods; it is among the oldest cities of Bihar. According to the Vedic sources, the Videhas first migrated to the area from the banks of Saraswati in Punjab; they were guided to the east of Sadanira (Gandak River) by Agni, the God of Fire. Settlements were established and, thus, flourished the kingdom of the Videhas, the Selfless.
In the course of time Videhas came to be ruled by a line of kings called Janaks. In this line of kings there was a very famous king named Mithi. To commemorate his greatness the territory was named as Mithila. Another famous king was Janak Sirdhwaja, father of Sita. The legends speak of various learned men patronized by Janak Sirdhwaja, who himself was an erudite scholar. Prominent among them were Yagyavalkya, who codified the Hindu law in his Yagyavalkya Smriti and Gautam, who had various valuable philosophical treatises to his credit. King Janak was himself a great philosopher and his ideas have been eternally enshrined in the Upanishads, especially in the Brihad-āraṇyaka Upaniṣada.
The name Darbhanga is the mutated form of "Dwarbanga". That is, it is the combination of words "Dwar" (Gate) and "Banga" (Bengal) meaning "Gateway of Bengal". If one notices Bengali and Maithili, he will find many a phonetic similarities particularly in the main verbs of both the languages which ends with word sounding "Chhe".
Some scholars say that Darbhanga was named after Dar (Dwar) and Bhangaa which means broken gates. It is assumed that the gates of the Qila (at Qilaghat probably) were broken (by cannons or elephants) in 1326 AD when Tughlak forces attacked the last independent North Indian Hindu king.
Hindus began to flock to this town since the beginning of the 19th century when the Maharaja of Darbhanga shifted his residence to the town and was granted the title Maharaja by the East India Company. It was the biggest town of North Bihar for centuries, but after Muzaffarpur was connected to broad-gauge railway in the mid-1970s, the latter overtook Darbhanga due to shift of trade, commerce, business and transport to some extent. Once part of the Brahman kingdom of Mithila, Darbhanga passed to the Tughlaks in the 14th century. The British assumed control in 1765.
Darbhanga was an ancient city of Mithila, which is an ancient cultural region of North India lying between the lower ranges of the Himalayas and the Ganges River. The Nepal border cuts across the top fringe of this region. The Gandak and Kosi River are rough western and eastern boundaries of Mithila.
It was seat of the Maharaja of Darbhanga. During Akbar's reign in the sixteenth century, a second Maithil Brahmin family came to rule as the Khandavala Dynasty. During this period, Akbar also planted 100,000 mango trees in Darbhanga, at a place now known as Lakhi Bagh. In British times, their estate, Darbhanga Raj, was the largest and richest of the great zamindari estates. Their capital was in Bhaur village in Madhubani, later shifted to the town of Darbhanga. They controlled most of Mithila until after Independence when the Republic of India abolished zamindari (Maharaja of Darbhanga was actually a zamindar entitled to add the title Maharaja in his name, besides the British title: KCIE (Knight Commander of Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire).
|“||Maharajah Sir Lakhmeshwar Singh, K.C.I.E., of Darbhanga, who was only in his forty-third year at the time of his death in 1898, was in every sense the best type of the Indian nobleman and landlord. He was the leading zamindar in India, where he owned no less than 2,152 square miles (5,570 km2) with a net yearly rental of 30 lakhs, and was the recognized head of the orthodox Hindu community. His philanthropy and his munificent contributions to all public movement won him the esteem of all classes and creeds. He took an active part in public life and enjoyed a high reputation as a progressive and liberal minded statesman. With but slight interruptions he was a member of the Supreme Legislative Council from the year 1883 until his death, and latterly he sat in that body as the elected representative of the non-official members of the Bengal Council.||”|
The Maharaja of Darbhanga, Sir Kameshwar Singh, was also an integral part of the Constituent Assembly of India and was instrumental in campaigning for retention of privy purses and land rights for rulers. He single handedly negotiated rights of various rulers and nawabs.
Maharaja of Darbhanga also spent much time in today's called kolkata, Bengal. It can be seen in various places as he has built various important places for Bengal, as in Calcutta University Building is "Darbhanga Building" Dalhousie Square and various important buildings there is also made by him. He has made great contributions to Bengal and Indian education and society.
Languages and religion
The main languages spoken in this district are Maithili, Hindi, Urdu and English, however Hindi is used for official documentation. Here, Urdu is spoken by locale Muslim community in a unique style. In Darbhanga City, local residents speaks a relaxed style of Maithili. Other languages spoken by their respective speakers in Darbhanga are Bengali, Marwari, Punjabi, Sindhi and Nepali.
As per data released by the government of India for the 2011 census, Darbhanga is an Urban Agglomeration coming under category of Class I UAs/Towns. The total population of Darbhanga UA/Metropolitan region is 306,089. The male population of which is 161,346 while female population is 144,743. Total literates: 205,203. Male literates: 115,620. Female literates: 89,583. Sex ratio: 898, Child sex ratio: (0-6 years) 905 and Effective Literacy State rate (7+ Pop): total Persons: 80.88, Male: 86.43, Female: 74.68, Compare to 2001 India census, Darbhanga City had a population of 294,116 while the district had a population of 3,295,789. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Darbhanga has an average literacy rate of 64%, which is higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 72% and, female literacy is 56%. In Darbhanga, 15% of the population is under 6 years of age. Darbhanga is a place where people of different languages and religions live. There are many lingual minorities which have contributed to the development of Darbhanga.
|Climate data for Darbhanga|
|Record high °C (°F)||30.4
|Average high °C (°F)||22.1
|Average low °C (°F)||9.2
|Record low °C (°F)||−0.2
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||13.0
|Average rainy days||1.6||1.7||1.6||2.6||4.6||7.6||16.4||12.2||10.5||3.4||0.5||1.0||63.7|
|Average relative humidity (%)||68||63||49||56||60||70||78||79||79||73||66||67||67.3|
|Source: NOAA (1971–1990)|
Darbhanga is located in the northern part of Bihar.
Darbhanga is well connected via rail and road services.
Darbhanga Junction is an A1+ category railway junction and a model station on the East Central Railway and is one of the most important railway junction of the state and is the busiest station of Samastipur Division as it is connected directly to all the major cities of India, viz., Kolkata, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Amritsar, Patna, Nagpur, Kanpur, Ranchi, Pune, Guwahati, Bhubaneshwar, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Raipur, Bilaspur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Siwan, Gorakhpur, Guwahati, Raxaul (mysore) (ajmer)etc. The Darbhanga Junction connects very large part of North Bihar and Tarai of Nepal with rest of India as major Rail head. It is the main station of Darbhanga & Madhubani. Some main trains from Darbhanga.
- Bagmati Express to Banglore City
- Bihar Sampark Kranti Superfast to New Delhi
- Darbhanga Puri Express to Puri
- Mumbai LTT Express to Lok Manya Tilak Terminal
- Swatantrata Senani Express to New Delhi
- Kolkata Express to Kolkata
- Darbhanga Hyderabad to Hyderabad
- Darbhanga Pune to Pune
One more railway station of the city is known as Laheriasarai Railway Station. Laheriasarai is famous for the jewellery.
Darbhanga is connected to other parts of India by National Highway 57 and Bihar State highways 50, 56, 88 and 75. Darbhanga is also connected to the Madhubani which is located at Nepal border and Sitamarhi.
The city has two bus stands – Darbhanga Bus Stand and Laheriasarai Bus Stand – and a new interstate bus stand is under construction for the city. Bus services are available from Darbhanga to all the nearby major cities viz. Patna, Gaya, Kolkata, Purnia, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Ranchi, Jamshedpur.
Darbhanga Airport is the longest runway airport of Bihar,and is operated by the Indian Air Force at present. It is spread over a 200-acre area of the city. It was built exclusively for the use of Maharajah of Darbhanga's aeroplanes. Spirit Air started operations from Darbhanga in 2009, but was forced to withdraw due to its smaller strip. Very soon Skyfisher Airways would start air service from Darbhanga to Ranchi, Kathmandu, Raxaul and Varanasi.
Darbhanga Aviations was a private Indian airline started in 1950 by Maharaja Kameshwar Singh of Darbhanga. It had three aircraft and became defunct by 1962.
Spirit Airways started their flight from Darbhanga to major cities of India on 15 June 2015 with Bengaluru based firm DTDS.
Media and communications
- Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital
- Mithila Minority Dental College & Hospital
- Saryu Dental College & Hospital, Laheriasarai
- Lalit Narayan Mithila University
- Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University
- IGNOU Regional centre
Engineering and technology colleges
- Darbhanga Polytechnic (Bihar Govt)
- MANUU Polytechnic (A Central University branch)
I T I colleges
- Govt. I T I Ramnagar
- IMTI MAHDAULI
Management institute and college
- Institute of Business Management, Delhi More, Bela, On East-West Corridor (LNMU)
- C M LAW College Darbhanga (LNMU)
Teacher training colleges
- Dr Zakir Hussan Techer's Training College
- Oriental College of Education
- Swami Vivekananda B.Ed Techer's Training College
- Dr. Gouri Brahmanand Techer's Training College
- S M Zaheer Alam Teacher's Training College
- C. M. College
- C. M. Science College, Darbhanga
- Marwari College
- Kunwar Singh College
- Millat College, Laheriasarai
- M.R.M College
- M.L.S.M College
- M.K.College, Laheriasarai
- Nagendra Jha Mahila College
- Lohia Charan Singh (LCS)
- Quazi Ahmed College-Jaley Darbhanga
- Govt Sarvodaya High School, Darbhanga
- Rose Public School
- Jesus & Mary Academy Darbhanga
- Woodbine Modern School
- Holy Cross School, Darbhanga
- Madonna English School
- Darbhanga Public School
- Harrow English School
- Public School Bela, Darbhanga
- Delhi Public School
- Kendriya Vidyalaya, Darbhanga
- Don Bosco School, Bibi Pakar
- D.A.V Public School
- Gyan Bharti Public School
Notable people From Darbhanga
- Praween Kumar Singh - CEO & founder, Darbhanga Keshri
- Badri Narain Sinha, poet-critic, and formerly of Indian Police Service (1952 batch)
- Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author
- Binod Bihari Verma, Maithili littérateur
- Nayan Mittal - Founder at Sugoi Labs
- Narayan Dass - First M.P from Darbhanga Central
- Gangesha Upadhyaya - Mathematician
- Gonu Jha
- Khalid Saifullah Rahmani - General Secretary of IFA
- Kirti Azad - Member of Parliament,1983 world cup cricket winning team member.
- Imtiaz Ali - Film director
- Yamuna Karjee - Indian independence activist
- Maharaja Lakshmeshwar Singh - King Of Darbhanga
- Sir Maharaja Rameshwar Singh - King of Darbhanga, philanthropist.
- Maharaja Sir Kameshwar Singh - last ruler of Darbhanga Raj, industrialist, philanthropist
- Pratik Kumar Singh - Creative director at Darbhanga Keshri and founder goodskart.com
- M J Warsi - Linguist
- Mohammad Ali Ashraf Fatmi - Ex Member Of Parliament
- Amarnath Gami - Politician
- Sultan Ahmad - Ex- MLA Darbhanga Town
- Nagarjun - Maithili Poet
- Nagendra Nath Jha - Diplomat
- Nigamanand - Hindu seer
- Surendra Jha 'Suman' - Maithili poet
- Parmanand Jha - Vice President of Nepal
- Prem Shankar Jha - Writer
- Rafiuddin Raz - Pakistani poet
- Ram Gopal Bajaj - Film
- Hukmdev Narayan Yadav - Member Of Parliament
- Sriti Jha - T.V actress
- Lakshmi Kant Jha - Eighth Governor of The RBI
- Tochi Raina - Bollywood Singer
- Udayana - Philosopher
- Dhanik Lal Mandal - Former Governor of Haryana
- Mayank Madhav Pathak - Social Worker
- Prashant Kumar (Ravi) - Social Worker
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