Madhubani district

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Madhubani district
Location of Madhubani district in Bihar
Location of Madhubani district in Bihar
HeadquartersMadhubani, India
 • Lok Sabha constituenciesMadhubani, Jhanjharpur
 • Vidhan Sabha constituenciesHarlakhi, Benipatti, Khajauli, Babubarhi, Bisfi, Madhubani, Rajnagar, Jhanjharpur, Phulparas, Laukaha
 • Total3,501 km2 (1,352 sq mi)
 • Total4,476,044
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
 • Literacy60.9 per cent
 • Sex ratio925
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Major highwaysNH 104, NH 105
Average annual precipitation1,273 mm

Madhubani district is one of the thirty-eight districts of Bihar, India, and is a part of Darbhanga division. Its administrative headquarters are located in Madhubani. The district has an area of 3,501 square kilometres (1,352 sq mi) and has a population of 4,487,379 (as of 2011).


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.

Madhubani became a district in 1972 when it was split from Darbhanga district.[2] It is believed that Baliraajgadh, an archaeological site which lies in modern-day Madhubani district was the capital of the ancient Mithila Kingdom.[3]


Madhubani art or Mithila painting [4] was traditionally created by the women of various communities in Mithila region of India and Nepal. It originated from Madhubani district of Mithila region of Bihar, and, it is popularly called Mithila painting or Madhubani art. Madhubani is also a major export centre of these paintings. [5] This painting as a form of wall art was practiced widely throughout the region; the more recent development of painting on paper and canvas mainly originated among the villages around Madhubani, and it is these latter developments led to the name Madhubani art being used alongside the name "Mithila Painting."[6]


Madhubani district occupies an area of 3,501 square kilometres (1,352 sq mi),[7] comparatively equivalent to the Bahamas' North Andros island.[8]


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Madhubani one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[9] It is one of the 36 districts in Bihar currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme. But in last few years there a lot of changes happened. This city is going to adopt urbanisation.[9]


Saurath, a road side village on Madhubani-Jaynagar road, contains a temple known as Somnath Mahadev. It owes its importance to the annual Sabha held by Maithili Brahmins for negotiating marriages. Many Panjikars who keep the genealogical records of the different families reside here and outside.[10] And Rajnagar palace Complex


Madhubani District consists of five subdivisions. Each subdivision is headed by a subdivisional magistrate, who is responsible for law and order, development, and revenue related work in their respective subdivisions.[11]

  1. Sadar Subdivision, Madhubani
  2. Benipatti Subdivision
  3. Jhanjarpur Subdivision
  4. Phulparas Subdivision
  5. Jaynagar Subdivision

Blocks and circles[edit]

There are 21 blocks and circles in the district and each block is headed by a block development officer and each circle is headed by a circle officer.[12]

  1. Rahika
  2. Pandaul
  3. Rajnagar
  4. Babubarhi
  5. Kaluahi
  6. Khjauli
  7. Jainagar
  8. Ladania
  9. Basopatti
  10. Benipatti
  11. Bisfi
  12. Harlakhi
  13. Madhwapur
  14. Jhanjarpur
  15. Andhrathadi
  16. Lakhnaur
  17. Madhepur
  18. Phulparas
  19. Ghoghardiha
  20. Khutauna
  21. Laukahi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (25 September 2011). "Districts of India". Statoids. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^
  4. ^ Madhubani Painting. 2003. ISBN 9788170171560.
  5. ^ Madhubani Painting. Abhinav Publications. 30 September 2017. ISBN 9788170171560. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017 – via Google Books. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  6. ^ Carolyn Brown Heinz, 2006, "Documenting the Image in Mithila Art," Visual Anthropology Review, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 5-33
  7. ^ 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.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Island Directory Tables: Islands by Land Area". United Nations Environment Program. 18 February 1998. Archived from the original on 1 December 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2011. North Andros Island 3,439km2 Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ 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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 May 2018. Retrieved 6 May 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Subdivision | Madhubani Administration". Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Blocks and Circles | Madhubani Administration". Retrieved 25 December 2018.

Coordinates: 26°21′00″N 86°04′48″E / 26.35000°N 86.08000°E / 26.35000; 86.08000