Darbhanga district

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Darbhanga (Metropolitan City) district
दरभंगा ज़िला, دربھنگہ ضلع
District of Bihar
Location of Darbhanga (Metropolitan City) district in Bihar
Location of Darbhanga (Metropolitan City) district in Bihar
Country India
State Bihar
Administrative division Darbhanga
Headquarters Darbhanga
Government
 • Lok Sabha constituencies Darbhanga
 • Assembly seats Kusheshwar Asthan, Gaura Bauram, Benipur, Alinagar, Darbhanga Rural, Darbhanga, Hayaghat, Bahadurpur, Keoti, Jale
Area
 • Total 2,279 km2 (880 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,921,971
 • Density 1,700/km2 (4,500/sq mi)
 • Urban 8.7 per cent
Demographics
 • Literacy 58.26 per cent
 • Sex ratio 910
Major highways NH 57, NH 105
Website Official website
Darbhanga District map

Darbhanga district (Hindi: दरभंगा जिला , دربھنگہ ضلع ) is one of the thirty-eight districts of Bihar state in eastern India, and Darbhanga city is the administrative headquarters of this district and a big city of Bihar as well. Darbhanga district is a part of Darbhanga Division. The district is bounded on the north by Madhubani district, on the south by Samastipur district, on the east by Saharsa district and on the west by Sitamarhi and Muzaffarpur districts. The district covers an area of 2,279 km².

History[edit]

1976 saw the creations of two divisions from Darbhanga's territory: Madhubani and Samastipur.[1]

Geography[edit]

Darbhanga district occupies an area of 2,279 square kilometres (880 sq mi),[2] comparatively equivalent to Indonesia's Yapen Island.[3] The district has a vast alluvial plain devoid of any hills. There is a gentle slope from north to south with a depression on the centre. The District can be divided into four natural divisions. The eastern part consists of Ghanshyampur, Biraul and Kusheshwarsthan blocks. This part contains fresh silt deposited by the Kosi River. This region was under the influence of Kosi floods till the construction of Kosi embankment during the Second Five Year Plan. It contains large tracts of sandy land covered with wild marshes. The second part comprises the regions lying south of the Burhi Gandak River and is the most fertile area in the district. It is at a higher level than the other parts of the district and contains very few marshlands. This part is well suited to the rabi crops. The third natural region is the doab between the rivers, Burhi Gandak and Baghmati and consists of low-lying areas dotted over by marshes. This region gets flooded almost every year. The fourth division consists the Sadar sub-division of the district. This region is watered by numerous streams and contains some uplands.

Rivers[edit]

Though numerous rivers originating in the Himalayas water this district, it has four major river systems, the Baghmati, the little Baghmati, the Kamla and the Tiljuga. The Bagmati, enters this district from Muzaffarpur district, forms a natural boundary between the district and Samastipur district and pursues a southeasterly course till it joins the Burhi Gandak River near Rosera. The little Bagmati enters the district from Madhubani district near Pali and turns past Darbhanga town down to Hayaghat, where it joins the Baghmati proper. The Kamla River enters the district at Singar Pandaul, and flowing east of Darbhanga town, joins the Tiljuga at the southeastern corner of Rosera block. The Tiljuga skirts the eastern boundary of the district.

Several ponds are famous in this district and know for their historic background.One of the pond name Moora Pokhair situated in the gram Kurson,Tardih Block is famous for seven human heads had been drawn by the Jameendar of that region Named Nehal Singh Choudhary in early 1700.

Climate[edit]

The climate of this district is dry. There are three well-marked seasons in this district, the winter, the summer and the rainy season. The winter season starts in November and continues till February, though March is also pleasant. Westerly winds begin to blow in the second half of March and temperature rises considerably. May is the hottest month when the temperature goes up to 47 °C. Rain sets in towards the middle of June. With the advent of the rainy season, temperature drops but humidity rises. The moist heat of the rainy season is very oppressive till August. The rain continues till the middle of October. Average annual rainfall of this district is 1142.3 mm. Around 92% of the total rainfall is received during monsoon months.

Economy[edit]

Agriculture is the primary occupation of the majority of the population of this district. There are a large number of educated people in Darbhanga. They are physicians, surgeons, engineers, employees of the central and state governments including many belonging to the IAS and IPS.

In 2006, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Darbhanga one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[4] It is one of the 36 districts in Bihar currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[4]

Sub-division[edit]

Darbhanga district comprises the following Sub-Divisions:

  • Darbhanga Sadar,
  • Benipur and
  • Biraul


Further divided into 18 blocks. The blocks are Darbhanga, Jale, Singhwara, Keoti, Manigachhi, Tardih (newly formed divided from manigachi block), Alinagar, Benipur,Ashapur, Behera, Basuham, Bahadurpur, Hanuman Nagar, Hayaghat, Baheri, Biraul, Ghanshyampur, Kiratpur, Gaura Bauram, Kusheswarasthan, and Kusheswarasthan East. This district has 329 Panchayats, 1269 villages & 23 Police Stations. Some of the villages are Habibhouar, Bauram, Goramansingh,Hariharpur, Pindaruch, Devkuli Dham, Paithan Kabai, Baqui pur, Maheshpatti, Kaligaon, Kansi, Pandaol, Panchobh, Rajarouly-Rampur rouly,Balbhadrapur, Gobindpur, Darhar, Koilakh, Karaj, Nehra, Sahora, Kabilpur, Bahadurpur, Anandpur, Shri Rampur, Deokuli, Rambhadrapur, Ughara, Patore, Ghanshyampur (famous for Higher cadre services),Rasiari,Galma Mohanpur, Kamtol, Kothram, Dodhiya, Balha, Dheruk, Mahinam, Pohaddi, Sakhwar(famous for Mandan Mishra), Tatuar, Antaur,Aundauly (famous for milk production by surender kumar jha) Muraitha, Kathra, lahta, Tumaul, Nawada, Ghonghia (famous for Makhana), Beloune, Makrampur, Sajhuar, Putai, Garoul,Dadpatti,kasrour, Kurson Nadiyami, Thengha,Basant,better known as Kharka Basant near Jale,Patory Basant near(Bishanpur).

There are one Lok Sabha and 10 Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district. Manigachhi, Bahera, Darbhanga Rural (SC), Darbhanga, Keoti and Hayaghat Vidhan Sabha constituencies are part of the lone Lok Sabha constituency of this district, Darbhanga. Jale Vidhan Sabha constituency is part of Madhubani Lok Sabha constituency while Ghanshyampur, Baheri and Singhia Vidhan Sabha constituencies are part of Rosera Lok Sabha constituency (only a part of Singhia Vidhan Sabha constituency is within this district).

Demographics[edit]

According to the 2011 census Darbhanga district has a population of 3,921,971,[5] roughly equal to the nation of Liberia[6] or the US state of Oregon.[7] This gives it a ranking of 64th in India (out of a total of 640).[5] The district has a population density of 1,721 inhabitants per square kilometre (4,460/sq mi) .[5] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 19%.[5] Darbhanga has a sex ratio of 910 females for every 1000 males,[5] and a literacy rate of 58.26%.[5]

Population of this district as per 2011 census is 3,985,493 of which rural population is 3,018,639 and urban population is 306,089. According to the Census of India 2011,[8] literacy rate of the district is 44.32% (male 57.18%, female 30.35%). As per 1991 census, the district has 19,55,068 Hindus, 5,55,429 Muslim, 141 Christians, 198 Sikhs, 26 Buddhists and 27 Jains.according to census 2001 Muslim covers total of 22% of population of darbhanga

The main language spoken in this district is Maithili. Other languages spoken are Hindi and Urdu. The number of residents, able to converse in English is continuously increasing.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Law, Gwillim (2011-09-25). "Districts of India". Statoids. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  2. ^ Srivastava, Dayawanti et al. (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. 
  3. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 1998-02-18. Retrieved 2011-10-11. Yapen 2,278km2 
  4. ^ a b Ministry of Panchayati Raj (September 8, 2009). "A Note on the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme" (PDF). National Institute of Rural Development. Retrieved September 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  6. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 2011-10-01. Liberia 3,786,764 July 2011 est. 
  7. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. Oregon 3,831,074 
  8. ^ "District-specific Literates and Literacy Rates, 2001". Registrar General, India, Ministry of Home Affairs. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 

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Coordinates: 26°00′N 86°00′E / 26.000°N 86.000°E / 26.000; 86.000