Mirzapur district

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Mirzapur district
Location of Mirzapur district in Uttar Pradesh
Location of Mirzapur district in Uttar Pradesh
StateUttar Pradesh
 • Lok Sabha constituenciesMirzapur
 • Total4,521 km2 (1,746 sq mi)
 • Total2,496,970[1]
Time zoneUTC+05:30 (IST)
Average annual precipitation1043 mm

Mirzapur district is one of the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh state in northern India. The district is bounded on the north by Bhadohi and Varanasi districts, on the east by Chandauli district, on the south by Sonbhadra district and on the northwest by Allahabad. The district occupies an area of 4521 km2. Mirzapur city is the district headquarters. Mirzapur district is a part of Mirzapur division. This district is known for the Vindhyavasini temple in Vindhyachal and several tourist attractions like water falls like Rajdari & Devdari[2] and dams. It consist of several Ghats where historical sculptures are still present. During the Ganges festival these Ghats are decorated with lights and diyas. It is a part of the Red Corridor.[3]

It was once the largest district in Uttar Pradesh until Sonebhadra district was separated from Mirzapur in 1989.


The district consists four Tehsils. These are Mirzapur (Sadar), Chunar, Marihan and Lalganj. These four tehsils are further divided into twelve blocks.


In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named Mirzapur one of the country's 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).[4] It is one of the 34 districts in Uttar Pradesh have received funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).[4] Once tourism used to contribute in the economy but due to lack of care from government officials and local people the unmatched beauty of the places like Sirshe dam and waterfall, Dadri (Pipari) dam, Vindham waterfall, Lower Khajuri, Upper Khajuri, Lakhaniya waterfall, Siddhnath Waterfall, Kotwan-Patehara forest, Fort of Chunar and Dadri-Haliya forest has become 'the stories of past'. Once there was a time when every Sunday of rainy season used to be a fair like atmosphere for the neighbouring localities of Sirshe waterfall and Vindham waterfall due to their attraction of tourist not only from every part of the U.P. and but neighbourhood states too. The separation of the Sonebhadra largely affected the economical condition and after the closing of mills and depression in the carpet industry Mirzapur has become nearly economically handicapped.


  • K.B. Postgraduate College
  • G.D. Binani P.G. College
  • Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, BHU


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
Religions in Mirzapur District[6]
Religion Percent

According to the 2011 census Mirzapur district has a population of 2,496,970,[1] roughly equal to the nation of Kuwait[7] or the US state of Nevada.[8] This gives it a ranking of 174th in India (out of a total of 640).[1] The district has a population density of 561 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,450/sq mi) .[1] Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 17.89%.[1] Mirzapur has a sex ratio of 900 females for every 1000 males,[1] and a literacy rate of 70.38%.[1] Female literacy rate here is 54%.


At the time of the 2011 Census of India, 99.56% of the population in the district spoke Hindi and 0.38% Urdu as their first language.[9]

Bhojpuri is spoken in the district.[10] Agariya, an Austroasiatic tongue with approximately 72,000 speakers;[11] Awadhi, which has a lexical similarity of 72-91% with Hindi[12] (compared to 60% for German and English)[13] and is spoken by about 7,800,000 in Bagelkhand;[12] and Bagheli, a tongue in the Bagheli language group with almost 40,000,000 speakers, written in both the Devanagari and Kaithi scripts.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "District Census 2011". Census2011.co.in. 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Mirzapur".
  3. ^ "83 districts under the Security Related Expenditure Scheme". IntelliBriefs. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Decadal Variation In Population Since 1901
  6. ^ "Mirzapur District Religion Data - Census 2011". Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  7. ^ US Directorate of Intelligence. "Country Comparison:Population". Retrieved 1 October 2011. Kuwait 2,595,62
  8. ^ "2010 Resident Population Data". U. S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 30 September 2011. Nevada 2,700,551
  9. ^ 2011 Census of India, Population By Mother Tongue
  10. ^ "Bhojpuri". Ethnologue. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  11. ^ M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Agariya: A language of India". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  12. ^ a b M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "Bagheli: A language of India". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  13. ^ M. Paul Lewis, ed. (2009). "English". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (16th ed.). Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Retrieved 28 September 2011.

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Coordinates: 25°09′02″N 82°33′53″E / 25.150677°N 82.564807°E / 25.150677; 82.564807