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Udhwa is located in Jharkhand
Location in India
Coordinates: 24°30′43″N 87°38′3″E / 24.51194°N 87.63417°E / 24.51194; 87.63417Coordinates: 24°30′43″N 87°38′3″E / 24.51194°N 87.63417°E / 24.51194; 87.63417
Country  India
State Jharkhand
District Sahibganj
Named for Saint Uddhava
 • Official Hindi, Santali, Bengali, Maithili (Angika)
Time zone IST (UTC5:30)
PIN 816108

Udhwa (Hindi: उधवा, Bengali: উধৰা) is a village in Sahibganj district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.



Udhwa is named after saint Uddhava of Mahabharat times, a friend of God Krishna and philosopher of Sankhya Yoga (Samkhya). It is believed that Udhwa was the place of Saint Uddhava.

Battle of Udhwa nala[edit]

The Battle of Udhwa nala in 1763, a fight between Mir Qasim and the British, was centered here. Mir Qasim was Nawab (King) of Bengal (including areas of present days Bangladesh and Indian states West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa). In the Battle of Udhwa Nala, the Nawab Mir Qasim lost to the British and fled with his family to Rohtas, Bihar. But, he was not able to hide at the Rohtasgarh Fort. Finally the Diwan of Rohtas, Shahmal handed it over to the British Captain Goddard.

Udhwa Bird Sanctuary[edit]

Udhwa Bird Sanctuary, spreading in 5.65 square kilometers is the only bird sanctuary of Jharkhand state.[1][2] This avian habitat comprises two backwater lakes over river Ganges(Ganga) namely Patauda and Berhale.[3][4] Migratory birds reach here every winter from several parts of the World, including Siberia and Europe.[5] The main birds include the pratincole, egret, wagtail, plover, lapwing, stork, ibis and heron.[6]

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