The district of Dumka is situated in the Jharkhand state of India. The town of Dumka is the headquarters of the district. This district is one of the most backward districts of India and is the recipient of Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF). The district spread over an area of around 3716.02 km² houses 1,321,096 people as per 2001 census. The district approximately occupies an area equals to the nation of Mauritius. Latest news from Dumka can be heard very now and often.
The district of Dumka is surrounded by districts of Godda, Pakur and Banka (Bihar) from the north, state of west Bengal from the south and east and districts of Deoghar, Giridih and Dhanbad from the west.
To ensure efficient administration, the district is divided into 10 blocks; Dumka, Gopikander, Jama, Jarmundi, Kathikund, Maslia, Ramgarh, Raneshwar, Shikaripara and Saraiyahat. The city of Dumka is one of the most beautiful cities in Jharkhand and perhaps it is why it is called mini Kolkata.
Let us have a look on the origin of the name Dumka. There are two theories behind its naming. One theory suggests that this name is derived from the santali word Dumk that means shunted or small. During the British rule, this town was very small as compared to other towns hence this name is given. The other theory says something different. As per this opinion this opinion the name originates from a Persian word damin-i-koh, meaning skirt (extreme part) of the hills. The mughals gave this name to this area owing to presence of several hills and hillocks in this region.
If facilities are given the district may develop as a hub of the religious tourism in this regions as it is home to various temples; Basukinath, Sirshanath, Maluti Mandir, Shiv Pahar, Dharamsthana. A large number of devotees visit these temples in the month of Sawan.
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