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Arra, Paschim Bardhaman

Census Town
Arra is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Arra is located in India
Arra (India)
Coordinates: 23°31′34″N 87°22′25″E / 23.526199°N 87.373495°E / 23.526199; 87.373495
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictPaschim Bardhaman
 • Total7,808
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code0341
Vehicle registrationWB
Lok Sabha constituencyBardhaman-Durgapur
Vidhan Sabha constituencyDurgapur Purba

Arra is a census town in Kanksa CD Block in Durgapur subdivision of Paschim Bardhaman district in the Indian state of West Bengal.


Cities and towns in the southern and eastern portions of Durgapur subdivision in Paschim Bardhaman district
MC: Municipal Corporation, CT: census town, R: rural centre, A: airport, B: barrage, H: Historical place
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly


Arra is located at 23°31′34″N 87°22′25″E / 23.526199°N 87.373495°E / 23.526199; 87.373495.

Arra, Bamunara, Gopalpur and Amlajora form a cluster of census towns in the western portion of Kanksa CD Block.[1]


As per the 2011 census, 79.22% of the population of Durgapur subdivision was urban and 20.78% was rural. The sole municipal corporation in Durgapur subdivision is located at Durgapur and the subdivision has 38 (+1 partly) census towns (partly presented in the map alongside; all places marked on the map are linked in the full-screen map).[2]


As per the 2011 Census of India, Arra had a total population of 7,808 of which 3,953 (51%) were males and 3,855 (49%) were females. Population below 6 years was 791. The total number of literates in Arra was 5,982 (85.25% of the population over 6 years).[3]

In the 2011 census, Durgapur Urban Agglomeration had a population of 581,409 out of which 301,700 were males and 279,709 were females. The 0–6 years population was 51,930. Effective literacy rate for the 7+ population was 87.70.[4]Durgapur Urban Agglomeration included Durgapur (M. Corp), Bamunara and Arra.[5]


Rarheswar Shiva temple has a unique architectural style. It was reportedly built to protect the village from the attack of Bhaskar Pandit, who was a worshipper of Shiva.[6]The old Shiva temple is of the "rekh deul" category.[7] There also is a suggestion that there possibly was an ancient city at this place.[8]

David J. McCutchion mentions that in the reconstructed Rahreswara Shiva temple at Ara. It has a "pirha" style architecture, similar to the mediaeval Odishan model with the tower taking on a high pointed appearance.[9]


  1. ^ "District Census Handbook Bardhaman, Series 20, Part XII A, Census of India 2011" (PDF). Map of Kanksa CD Block, page 281. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Burdwan". Table 2.2, 2.4(a). Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  3. ^ "2011 Census – Primary Census Abstract Data Tables". West Bengal – District-wise. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (PDF). Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Government of India. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  5. ^ "Constituents of urban Agglomerations Having Population 1 Lakh & above" (PDF). Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Government of India. Retrieved 2012-03-27.
  6. ^ "District Census Handbook Bardhaman, Series 20, Part XII A, Census of India 2011" (PDF). Places of Archeological Interest, page 126. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  7. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (in Bengali), Vol I, p 251, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3
  8. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, p. 7
  9. ^ McCutchion, David J., Late Mediaeval Temples of Bengal, first published 1972, reprinted 2017, page 25, The Asiatic Society, Kolkata, ISBN 978-93-81574-65-2

External links

External video
12th century Shiva temple