Mokama

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Mokama
Mokama
Town
Mokama is located in Bihar
Mokama
Mokama
Location in Bihar, India
Coordinates: 25°23′23.28″N 85°55′08.75″E / 25.3898000°N 85.9190972°E / 25.3898000; 85.9190972Coordinates: 25°23′23.28″N 85°55′08.75″E / 25.3898000°N 85.9190972°E / 25.3898000; 85.9190972
Country  India
State Bihar
Region Magadh
District Patna
Elevation 38 m (125 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 202,411
Languages
 • Official Hindi, Magahi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 803302
Telephone code +91-6132
Sex ratio 1000/892 /
Literacy 96.4%
Lok Sabha constituency Munger
Vidhan Sabha constituency Mokama(183)
Climate ETh (Köppen)
Precipitation 1,000 millimetres (39 in)
Website http://mokamaonline.com

Mokama is a town and a municipality in Patna district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is located 90 km (56 mi) east of Patna on the southern banks of the river Ganges. Mokama is the connecting town of north and south Bihar and has 2nd highest amount of lentil production in India.

Geography[edit]

Mokama is situated on the southern banks of the Ganges. The landscape here is absolutely plain. The strip of land running along the northern bank of Ganges is called diara land in local parlance. The diara land submerges in Ganges waters during monsoons. To the south of Mokameh town lie the tal wetlands. The tal wetlands get submerged under the rising waters of the Ganges during the monsoons.

Some of the important localities which fall under Mokama Municipality are lakhanchand,Sakarwar Tola, Moldiar Tola,laheriya tola, Dheorani Tola, Kowabhong and Chintamani chak, Sahwegpur, Shikharichak, Panchmahala, Tatwa Toli, Dr. Toli, Farsi Muhalla, Indira Nagar, Bhagwan Pur, Modan Gachi, Chandvari, Chatarpura, Modan Tola, Kachra Muhalla, & Aunta Gram. C.R.P.F. group centre is situated at the banks of the Ganges and R.P.F. training centre lies adjacent to it.

Economy[edit]

The main occupation is agriculture and the town is surrounded by farmlands. Major crops include lentils, chickpeas, mustard seeds. Many varieties of vegetables are grown here too. Papaya, guava and mango are some of the common fruits cultivated. However, major parcels of the Diara and Tal lands remain submerged for three months a year.[citation needed]

Factories include those of McDowell's and Bata Shoes, Spinning Mill, along with Bharat Wagon and Engineering.

Transport[edit]

Mokama is connected to all the major cities of India by rail and road. Maranchi is the junction point of NH 80 and NH 31. Mokama Junction is the railway station .

Demographics[edit]

As of 2011 India census,[1] Mokama block had a population of 84129. Males constitute 52.2% of the population and females 47.8%. Mokama has a literacy rate of 96.4% higher than state average of 61.80%. In Mokameh, Male literacy is around 99% while female literacy rate is 93.8%. Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 8995 which is 14.82% of total population of Mokameh. In Mokameh Nagar Parishad, Female Sex Ratio is of 880 against state average of 918. Moreover, Child Sex Ratio in Mokameh is around 869 compared to Bihar state average of 935.

Folklore[edit]

The romantic folk story of Reshma and Chuharmal is commemorated with an annual fair.[2]

Also every year in December a fair is organised in the Nazrath Church compound in the memory of Mother Mary.

Indian independence movement[edit]

The place where the revolutionary freedom fighter Prafulla Chaki was martyred is marked by a shaheed gate. People commemorate the anniversary of his death every year. Lalldin Saheb is yet another well known freedom fighter from Mokama who contributed in freedom struggle and was sentenced to jail during British rule. He worked for the welfare of the people of Mokama throughout his life. Had major contribution in reopening the Bharat Wagon Engineering Company of Mokama that is source of income of thousands of families.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.census2011.co.in/data/town/801383-mokameh-bihar.html
  2. ^ Archaeological Survey of India, Reports, Volume 8. Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing. 1878. p. 101. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 

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