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Jhargram is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 22°27′N 86°59′E / 22.45°N 86.98°E / 22.45; 86.98Coordinates: 22°27′N 86°59′E / 22.45°N 86.98°E / 22.45; 86.98
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Paschim Medinipur
 • Type Municipality
 • Chairperson Raja Shivendra Bijoy Malla Deb
Elevation 81 m (266 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 61,712
 • Official Bengali, English, Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 721507
Telephone code 03221
Vehicle registration WB-33,34
Lok Sabha constituency Jhargram
Vidhan Sabha constituency Jhargram, Gopiballavpur
Website www.jhargrammunicipality.org,paschimmedinipur.gov.in, www.jhargramtourism.com, www.jhargram.in

Jhargram (Bengali:ঝাড়গ্রাম) is a subdivisional municipality in the Paschim Medinipur district in the Indian state of West Bengal.Beyond the Gangetic plains of West Bengal, India. Jhargram offers the most exotic beauties of undulating topography culminating in hill ranges of Belpahari, Kankrajhor in the North to the serene beauties of meandering Subarnarekha river in the South. Jhargram is the paradise of nature lovers with bountiful forests of Sal, Mahul, wild elephants, deer and birds. The ancient temples, royal palaces, folk tunes and rhythms of tribal make it all the more attractive destination of tourists who love to discover the unknown and unaffected beauties of nature. The West Bengal Government is now planning to establish Jhargram as an independent district.[1]


Jhargram is located at 22°27′N 86°59′E / 22.45°N 86.98°E / 22.45; 86.98.[2] It has an average elevation of 81 metres (265 feet). Usually the weather like much of Bengal is extremely humid and tropical. Temperatures can reach as high as 46 °C in the hot and dry months of May and June but can plummet to about 4 °C in the chilly nights of December and January.


Legend has it that around 1574 CE Man Singh had come to conquer Bengal on behest of Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great from Rajasthan (erstwhile Rajputana Kingdom).[3] He appointed two of his loyal officers in the army, Sarveshwar Singh and his elder brother to defeat the local tribal rulers of the region known as Jungalkhand, the area was populated by Tribals known as Santhals, Mallas, Bhumij and Lodhas. The area belonged to Malla Raja. Raja Sarveshwar Singh together with the Rajput Military force and Cavalry invaded the deep forest region known as Junglekhanda, and defeated the tribal rulers the Mallas and adopted the surname Malla Deb and set up his kingdom with its capital naming it Jhargram. In order to commemorate this victory every year an idol of Malla Raja is made and killed on Vijaya Dasami (Dusherra) day. After residing in the area for four months, Man Singh decided to return to Rajasthan (Rajutana) and left his loyal officers Sarveshwar Singh and his elder brother behind. As per the custom of the royalty the elder brother would ascend the throne and become the Raja of the State and the younger brother would be the Prime Minister or advisor to the Raja and therefore would be entitled to an allowance from the State. As younger brother Raja Sarveshwar Malla Deb desired not to go back. He was made the Raja of the Junglekhand Area subedar to the Mughal emperor Akbar and the elder brother was made the Raja of Bhishnupur or commonly known as Mallabhum, that later became independent. This is how Man Singh established the Malla Raj or the Rajput Rule in Bengal that was divided in two parts, with the main Capital at Bishnupur and under the your brother Sarveshwar Malla Deb with Jhargram as the capital. Raja Sarveshwar Malla Deb was the founder of the present Jhargram Royal Family (Raj Family), he belonged to the Kshtriya Chandra Vansha Chauhan clan of Rajputs. The name of the state capital came to be known as Jhargram, it was surrounded by walls and canals known as Ugal in local language. The Man who was the hero or bull within the surrounded wall and canal was called Ugal Sanda. As such the full name of the Raja of the State was known as Sarveshwar Malla Ugal Sanda Deb and the title has been continued up to Raja Narasingha Malla Ugal Sanda Deb.

In seventeenth century Jhargram Raj family took part in Chuar Mutiny to protect their independent status from the British. Around 1767 East India Company led by Robert Clive came from Midnapore via Radhanagar to invade Jhargram. Raja revolted against British Raj but ultimately surrendered to the British Raj and the Revenue was fixed . Jhargram was then recognized as a Zamindari estate under the British and the Ruler was given the title of Raja. Jhargram twice fell into the Court of Wards after the death of Raja Raghunath Malla Ugal Sanda Deb and Raja Chandi Charan Malla Ugal Sanda Deb respectively. But was later released when the Raja Narasingha Malla Deb attained majority. In this connection it may be mentioned that in 1944–45 the then Vice-Roy of India agreed to recognize Jhargram as feudatory state,but at that time whole India was going through Turmoil and moved for independent India lips mission and cabinet mission came here to negotiate with Congress & Muslim League and other Parties etc. The proposal for feudatory status of Jhargram Raj was moped then.

Raja Raghunath Malla Deb who was the sixteenth generation of the family and great grandfather of Raja Birendra Bijoy Malla Deb was an extraordinary wrestler of this area. His instrument of exercise has been kept in the Raj Palace and Calcutta Museum. In this renowned family Raja Narasingha Malla Deb born in 1907,his father expired when be was a minor and couldn't ascend the throne respectively Jhargram Raj estate was then under court of wards as settled with the Government by Late Raja Raghunath Malla Deb. And as per the rule District Magistrate was to be the guardian of minor Raja Narasingha Malla Deb. The then Magistrate under the guidance of him minor Raja Narasingha Malla Ugal Sanda Deb has been admitted and continued up to Matriculation exam in the Midnapore Colligiate School. At this time Magistrate appointed Prof. Debendra Mohan Bhattacharjee of Midnapore College who held from Faridpore (Dacca Division) as guardian tutor of minor Jhargram Raja Narasingha Malla Deb to guide and supervise the smooth running of life and studies and character development.

In 1925 Raja Narasingha Malla Ugal Sanda Deb become major (attained majority) Jhargram Raj estate had been released from court of wards of Bengal Govt.Raja Saheb then empowered his preceptor Debendra Mohan Bhattacharjee to guide and administer the Jhargram Raj estate in a right way.

This is exaggeration to say that 1929–1950 as Prof. Debendra Mohan Battacharya as the administrator was the Golden Period of Jhargram estate .In these Twenty one years Jhargram developed into a Township and during this period many educational Institutions were established and developed. Kumud Kumari Institution (K.K.I) the Premier Institution of Sub-division had been developed. Jhargram Agricultural College was established which later on was converted to Jhargram Raj College, Vidyasagar Bani Bhaban, Vidyasagar Polytechnic, Sarada Vidyapith with the help of Swami Sarbanandaji other institution within the Jhargram estate area established for this development of backward Jhargram people. The royal family has established and assisted in the running of all primary institutions in the Jhargram estate. After the establishment of Bani Bhaban under guidance of Lady Abala Bose for widows he donated and built a house to accommodate a Girls School up to Primary section and it developed up to Class VI and opened by the then magistrate Mr. Burge. In 1947 further land was acquired and Jhargram Raj constructed Buildings to develop a school which was named after the first wife of Rani Binode Manjuri Govt. Girl's School and it is now one of the best school of West Bengal.

His good natured and efficient son Yuvraj Birendra Bijoy Malla Deb after finishing University education got involved in for Politics and he was three times Member of Legislative Assembly of West Bengal from Jhargram constituency. He is succeeded by two sons Raja Shivendra Bijoy Malla Deb and Kumar Joydeep Malla Deb. Raja Shivendra Bijoy Malla Deb is married to Jyoti Devi of Balarampur Royal family Orissa while Kumar Joydeep Malla Deb is married to Priti Devi daughter of Rao Sahab Shankareshwar Pratap Singh of Rampur Naikin, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh.[4]

Jhargram Forest[edit]

For scientific management of forests vested in Government under Estate Acquisition Act, 1953, Jhargram Forest under the administrative setup as Jhargram Division erstwhile parent division styled as Midnapur Division was bifurcated into two divisions viz. West Midnapur Division (renamed as Jhargram Division ) with headquarters at Jhargram and East Midnapur Division with headquarters at Midnapur. The West Midnapore Division came into existence on 29.01.1954.


Presently the forests of Jhargram Division are situated in the Civil Sub-division of Jhargram of Paschim Medinipur District and cover the Civil Blocks viz. Binpur-I (the portion on the West of the Kangsabati river), Binpur-II, Jhargram, Jamboni, Gopiballavpur-I & Gopiballavpur-II and police stations of Belpahari, Binpur, Jamboni, Jhargram, Gopiballavpurand Beliyabera. The Jhargram Forest Division lies between 21°-52’ and 22°-48’ North latitudesand 86°-34’ and 87°-20’ East longitude approximately. On the North it is bordered with the civil districts of Purulia and Bankura and on the East it is bordered by the river Kangsabati (from the western border of Midnapore Division) and partly by the river Subarnarekha from the western border of Kharagpur Division. It is having common borders with the State of Orissa on the Southand on the West with the Jharkhand State.

The headquarters of this Division is Jhargram which is around 15 km. away from the National Highway-6 (popularly known as Bombay Road) and is situated on the Kolkata-Bombay main line of the South-Eastern Railway. The town is also the headquarters of Jhargram sub-division. The distance of Jhargram from Kolkata is approximately 200 km.


The important rivers of this division are the Kangsabati (popularly known as Kasai), the Tarafeni, the Subarnarekha and the Dulung. Apart from the above rivers there are several rivulets viz. ‘Deb’, ‘Palpala’, Rangium’, ‘Kupon’ etc. Most of the above rivers flows from west to east as the Western side of the division is having higher altitude.

Rivers of Jhargram Division[edit]

The Kangsabati river[edit]

This river enters the division on the north from Bankura district and flows along a tortuous course running to south and south-west direction and then flows towards east keeping the Midnapore town on the left(north). The river has contracted rapidly below Midnapore and at Kapastikri (about 20 km down below from Midnapore) the river has bifurcated. One course has gone towards north and finally has drained into the Rupnarayan river while the other course has run towards south-east and finally has fallen into the Haldi river.

The Tarafeni river[edit]

This river originates in the north-west portion of this division near Patagarh in Banspahari Range. It runs towards east within the jurisdiction of Belpahari and Binpur police Stations and finally has fallen into the Kangsabati river.

The Subarnarekha river[edit]

This river enters the division on the west from Dhalbhum (Jharkhand State) and passes through the south of the division intersecting the Gopiballavpur Police Station and forming the northern boundary of Nayagram Police Station (Kharagpur Division). On the south of Dantan it enters the Balasor district of Orissa and finally falls into the Bay of Bengal. The Subarnarekha has rapid stream with a sandy bed, and its banks are generally high and well defined. In season of high flood the river overflows its left bank about 6 km above the point where it leaves Paschim Midnapore district to enter the Balasor district.

The Dulung river[edit]

It is the main tributary of the Subarnarekha. It originates in the north-west portion of the division near Dulungdiha (J.L.No. 100, P.S. : Binpur) and runs generally in a southern direction near the western boundary of the division till it enters Jamboni Police Station. While passing through this police station from north to south it is joined by the Kupon river, Bashi Khal, Polpala Khal, Deb river and Putrangi Khal. Thereafter, it enters Gopiballavpur Police Station where its general direction is from west to east and then Sankrail police station where it again runs in a southernly direction and joins the Subarnarekha.


The average annual rainfall of Jhargram (Jhargram Forest Division) is about 1400 mm. The rainy season spreads over June to September due to south-west monsoon and highest rainfall occurs in July and August. The rainfall starts decreasing from October and dry winter sets in. The dry season lasts till May. However during this time this division gets some sporadic showers.

Climate data for Jhargram, India
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 16
Average low °C (°F) 5
Average precipitation mm (inches) 9.8
Source: Weatherbase[5]


The general ground configuration is having gentle slope towards east. Hilly terrain occurs in the north-western portion of the Division. Kankrajhore area is having the highest altitude of around 300 m and Gopiballavpur is having the lowest altitude of around 65 m The altitude of Jhargram town is around 80m. There are local variations in the slopes of the land within the division.

Past History of the Division[edit]

In south-west Bengal (including the forests of erstwhile West Midnapore Division), history of forest and its management can be traced to the 16th century when forests were free for use by local villagers for household purposes and cleaning for cultivation. During Mughal Period under land revenue system introduced by Todar Mal, local Zamindars had to pay “RUBA” or ¼ th share of revenue to Mughal Emperors for the protection being given by them.In 1773 East India Company went for permanent settlement of forests ( and the landed properties) with Zamindars as Proprietor. During 1890-1905 Bengal-Nagpur Railways opened railway lines (which helped transport of forest produces to far off places with ease and less cost) and this followed by two world wars took heavy toll of forest resources.

The forests of this division were included in Jungle Mahal which were held byZamindars (local chiefs) who maintained their respective forests in a feudal tenure system. With the coming up of Bengal-Nagpur Railway lines from Kharagpur to Jamshedpur Via Jhargram, the forests of this area became accessible. The value of forest produces suddenly increased as they could be transported to far off places by rail with less cost and in quick time. The forests came to be recognised as a source of earning of higher return to the Zamindars. The forests of this division were mostly owned by the Nawab of Murshidabad, the Raja of Mayurbhanj, the Raja of Jhargram, the Raja of Chilkigarh and the Mindapore Zamindar company etc.. The forests were in advanced stage of degradation brought about by ruthless exploitation by the Zamindars on a rotation of 4–5 years. This system of management (mismanagement) of forests continued till 1948 when the Govt. of West Bengal started exercising control over the management of forestsunder the West Bengal Private Forests Act, 1948. But the situation did not improve much.

In 1953 Estates Acquisition Act came into force and the forests so long owned by private owners (big Zamindars) were vested to Govt. since 1954-55 and onwards free from all encumbrances for scientific management and control. Subsequently possession of the forests was being taken by the Forest Department gradually depending upon the availability of records, evidences and Court’s Orders.

After the State (Govt.) took over, the forests were brought under scientific management. However, by this time, the productivity of the forests had gone down to such a level that they could not meet the growing demands of forest produces from ever-increasing population of fringe areas and the country as a whole. The problem was further multiplied due to growing unemployment in the forest fringe villagers and lack of enough resources in the rural areas to tide over the situation.

Administrative measures and policing efforts to thwart the biotic pressures on the forests only resulted in increased people-forester conflict and led to complete alienation of the fringe population from the administration. The job of protection of forests became hazardous. The administration had almost failed to tackle the situation and had been looking for some solution.

A pilot project was launched in 1971-72 by the then Divisional Forest Officer, Silviculture(South) Division at Arabari of East Midnapore Division. The objective was to involve the people living around the fringes of forests, in protecting forest resources through improvement of their socio-economic condition.

During 1985-86 the pilot project was reviewed, evaluated and analyzed. It appeared that the entire project area had become restocked with nearly 700 ha of beautiful sal coppice forests and 300 ha of plantation crop. In fact this pilot project proved to be a success.

This formula of involvement of indigenous people in forest protection and management was translated in other areas including West Midnapore Division since mid-eighties very successfully. Govt. gave recognition to this system of management of forests (popularly termed as Joint Forest Management) by issuing a Govt. Order during 1989 and amendments during 1990 and 1991. Presently this division is having nearly 480 Forest Protection Committees. On and from 1 April 2006 the West Midnapore Division has been reorganized and renamed as Jhargram Forest Division. 3 (three) Ranges namely Chandabila, Nayagram and Kesorekha Ranges have been transferred to Kharagpur Division with all establishments. Therefore the area of Jhargram Division becomes 620 km2 approximately.


As of 2001 India census,[6] Jhargram had a population of 53,158. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Jhargram has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 71%. In Jhargram, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Main economy of this area is cultivation, business. This is one of the backward area in West Bengal and also in India. A few of the percentage of the people are government employees, School Teachers and employed in other small private sectors.The financial status of most of the people is in middle class and lower class category.



The nearest airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport of Kolkata 155 km (by train) and 169 km (by road- NH-6).Sonari Airport of Jamshedpur is located at a distance 96 km by train.Birsa Munda Airport of Ranchi is located at a distance of 233 km (by road- NH-33) and 258 km (by train).


Jhargram is connected not only to larger cities in the region, but also to smaller towns and villages in the district. Jhargram Railway Station is on the Kharagpur-Tatanagar section of Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line, an express train route. The Jhargram railway station comes under South Eastern Railway. Jhargram is well connected by train to nearest big city like Kolkata/Howrah (155 km), Kharagpur (39 km), Asansol, Tatanagar (96 km), Ranchi, Dhanbad, Rourkela, Jharsuguda, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Bhilai and also Delhi, Mumbai etc.


Jhargram is also very well connected by roads/highways with other nearby cities like Medinipur (40 km over Dherua - Medinipur Road), Kharagpur (46 km over NH-6), Durgapur (156 km over SH-9), Asansol (181 km over NH-60 and SH-9), Bankura (114 km over SH-9 and 5), Purulia (142 km over SH-5), Haldia (150 km over NH-6 and 41), Contai (144 km over SH-5), Digha (165 km over NH-60), Kolkata/Howrah (169 km over NH-6), Tatanagar (114 km over NH-33), Baripada (99 km over NH-6 and NH-5), etc.

Local Transportation[edit]

For local transportation Bus, Taxi, Minibus, Auto-Rikshaws, Cycle-rikshaws are available.


There are number of well known schools and colleges in Jhargram.


The name of the colleges are :-

Manikpara Vivekananda Satavarshiki Mahavidyalaya - Govt. College


Schools in Jhargram follow the "10+2+3" plan. After completing their secondary education, students typically enroll in schools that have a higher secondary facility and is affiliated with the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education. The name of the schools are :-


There is a hospital in the Jhargram town named Jhargram District Hospital. People of this subdivision mainly depends on this hospital. Health of common people is quite well. Also there are many private nursing homes in Jhargram town.


Jhargram is surrounded by Santals, Mundas, Shabars and Lodhas coexist here. Their social performances, religious rites and rituals are expressed through dances. This is not just a dance but also a creative art. Jhargram is the golden treasury of tribal dances. Some of these tribal dances are at the verge of extinction. Bhuang, Chang, Chhou, Dangrey, Jhumur, Panta, Ranpa, Saharul, Tusu & Bhadu etc. is not only a mere experience of some masterpiece of human creative art, but a fascinating adventure through essential dimensions of a civilization, its collective priorities, the skills of their implementation and the philosophies that inform them.

Beside the tribal culture, the regular Bengali festivals like Durga puja, Saraswati puja, Diwali and Kali pujas are well attended. Other common pujas in the worship of Sitala, Jagaddhatri, Holi, Ratha Yatra, Janmastami, Bheema Puja, etc. also takes place.

To know more details about tribal dances and cultures see [3]

A lot of fairs and carnivals take place in Jhargram. The famous fairs in Jhargram are Jungle Mahal Utsav,Jhargram Mela & Yuva Utsav, Rong Maati Manush, Shrabani Mela, Baishakhi Mela.


Tourist Spots[edit]

  • Jhargram Palace
  • Deer Park
  • Sabitri Temple
  • Rabindra Park
  • Chilkigarh Raj Palace
  • Kanak Durga Temple
  • Jungle Mahal
  • Medical Plants Garden (Kalaboni)
  • Dherua (for the banks of Kansai river)
  • Sevayatan is known for its beauty of Kechenda Bandh (lake) & surrounding forests.
  • Tribal Museum
  • Alampur
  • Kendua (to see migrating birds)
  • Kakrajhore Forest
  • Ketki Falls
  • Rohini: This is a historical village situated in the bank of Subarnarekha River. Birthplace of famous Vaishnav saint Rashikanandaji Maharaj.
  • Mukutmanipur Dam
  • Gidhni Annukul Ashram
  • Pukuria Bharat Sevashram Sangha


  1. ^ "Jhargram and Asansol to be new districts". Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Jhargram
  3. ^ Rajput Provinces of India
  4. ^ "Jhargram Estate". WordPress.com. May 19, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014. ,
  5. ^ "Weatherbase: Historical Weather for Jhargram, India". Weatherbase. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Jhargram Pincode". citypincode.in. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 

External links[edit]

Jhargram travel guide from Wikivoyage

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