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Chhapra is famous for its Bhojpuri heritage. Bhojpuri isdialect of this place. Ara (Arrah), Ballia (Balia), Chapra and Deoria, the Bhojpuri heartland, are known as "ABCD" of India due to their people's congruence of language and culture. It was constituted a municipality in 1864. The history as mentioned in the 'Ain-E-Akbari records Saran as one of the six Sarkars (Revenue Divisions) constituting the province of Bihar including Saran and Champaran. These two were later combined to form a single unit named Saran later on its name became CHAPRA.
Chhapra is also a place of top guns. Jai Prakash Narayan (stalwart of Indian politics), Dr. Rajendra Prasad (First President of India) , Bhikhari Thakur (shakespeare of Bhojpuri), Mazaharul Haq, Chitragupta (the famous music composer of Bollywood, etc hailed from CHAPRA. The town is well connected with other parts of Bihar because of a good communication network.The nearest airport is the Patna Airport.The Chhapra Railway Station is on the Gorakhpur-Siwan-Hajipur-Muzaffarpur-Barauni and Varanasi-Ballia-Chapra-Thawe line. National Highway 85 and NH 19 has its route through Chhapra. National Highway 101 and National Highway 102 originate from Chhapra.
Chapra at a Glance
Patna (85 Kms.)
2641 sq Kms.
32,48,701 (2001 census)
Railway Station Code
Chapra Jn. (CPR), Chapra Kachery (CI), Sonepur (SEE)
51.80% (2001 census)
Chapra, Sonepur, Marhaura
Jai Prakash Vishwavidyalaya, Chapra
Member of Legislature
Shri Janardan Singh 'Sigriwal'
Member Of Parliament
Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Chhath Parv, Holi, Diwali, Dusshera, Makar Sakranti, Teej and Eid
Dr. Rajendra Prasad (First President of India),
Loknayak Jai praksh Narayan,
Bhikhari Thakur (Shakespeare of Bhojpuri),
Major Rail Links
Delhi, Mumbai, Howrah, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Jamutawi, Varanasi, Barauni, Guwahati, Amritsar, Pune, Lucknow
Ambika Bhawani, Ami (Dighwara)
Dharmnath Mandir, Chapra
Kot devi, chapra,
Gautam Asthan, revelganj
Shiv Temple, Silhauri,
Baba Mahendranath Temple, Menhdar
Hariharnath Temple, Sonepur
Panch mandir, Chapra
Mortorn confectionary, Marhuara. (Closed)
Saran Engineering Company Ltd, Marhuara. (Closed)
Cawnpore sugar works Ltd, Marhuara.(Closed)
Rail wheel Factory, Bela, Chapra
Locomotive manufacturing unit, Marhuara (proposed)
Places of Archeological Interest
Ashoka Pillar, Maker
Places of tourist interest
Ami, Sonepur, Dhorh Ashram, Gautam Asthan, Silhauri, Dadhichi Ashram, Chirand and Maker
Ganga, Gandak, Ghaghara (Saryug)
Paddy, Wheat, Maize, Sugarcane