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Maithon is located in Jharkhand
Location in Jharkhand, India
Coordinates: 23°47′N 86°49′E / 23.78°N 86.81°E / 23.78; 86.81Coordinates: 23°47′N 86°49′E / 23.78°N 86.81°E / 23.78; 86.81
Country  India
State Jharkhand
District Dhanbad
Population (2001)
 • Total 19,728
 • Official Bengali, Santali
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Maithon is a census town in Dhanbad district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It is situated on the banks of river Barakar.The name has been derived from Maithan or Mai-Ka-Than(Hindi) or Ma-Er-Than(Bengali), the "than" being an apa-bhransha or a local pronunciation of Sanskrit/Bengali "Sthan" for "place". The place of Mai or Ma or mother, refers to Goddes Durga or Ma Kalyaneswari of the famous Kalyaneswari temple nearby.

Maithon Dam[edit]

Sunset at Maithon

Maithon Dam, of the Damodar Valley Corporation, constitutes one of the most accomplished and successful river valley projects of India, which was a part of the First Five Year Plan after India's independence. The Damodar Valley region, which Maithon froms a part of, is often hailed as the Ruhr Valley of India.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Maithon had a population of 19,728. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Maithon has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 67%. In Maithon, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.


The Kalyaneshwari temple 6 km away from the Maithon dam is considered to be the seat to a very powerful deity, Ma Kalyaneshwari. The temple was erected in the early 1900s .


Major Schools:

  • Major Colleges:
  • BSK College
  • Inter college


  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

External links[edit]

Maithon travel guide from Wikivoyage