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Sainthia is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°57′N 87°40′E / 23.95°N 87.67°E / 23.95; 87.67Coordinates: 23°57′N 87°40′E / 23.95°N 87.67°E / 23.95; 87.67
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Birbhum
Elevation 53 m (174 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 39,244
 • Official BengaliEnglish
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Birbhum
Vidhan Sabha constituency Sainthia. Labpur
Website birbhum.nic.in

Sainthia is a town and a municipality in Suri Sadar subdivision of Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The town is famous for Nandikeshwari Temple, one of the Shakti Peethas in India.


The name Sainthia is derived from 'Sain', a Bengali term used to refer to an Islamic priest. Sainthia is also known as 'Nandipur', after the famous temple of Nandikeshwari.


On July 19, 2010, the Sainthia train collision occurred at the train station here, when an express train collided with a train stopped at the station.


Sainthia is located at 23°34′N 87°24′E / 23.57°N 87.40°E / 23.57; 87.40.[1] It has an average elevation of 53 metres (173 feet). The town is situated in the bank of Mayurakshi river. Temperature goes very high and it is terribly humid in summer and quite cold in winter.

Sainthia is one of the busiest business hubs in the mid part of West Bengal. Textiles, mustard oil and its byproducts, handicrafts are constitute the major business transactions. The town is well connected to Baharampur, Siuri, Rampurhat, Bolpur, Andal, Asansol and Durgapur through high roads and railroads. That makes the town the business center of all sorts of goods distribution and transportation. Socio-economical status is quite strong and education ratio is increasing day by day.


As of 2001 India census,[2] Sainthia had a population of 39,244. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Sainthia has an average literacy rate of 66%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 73%, and female literacy is 59%. In Sainthia, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Nandikeshwari Temple[edit]

Sainthia is famous for the well-known temple of Goddess Nandikeshwari.[3] One of the 51 Shakti Peethas, the temple attracts a vast array of visitors and devotees from allover the region. The temple rests on an elevated platform, and contains many additional smaller shrines to many gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. Statuettes of the Mahavidyaas are carved on the walls overlooking the main temple. Puja is offered daily to the Goddess. The name of Goddess is derived from 'Nandi', the mascot and follower of Lord Shiva, and 'Ishwari' (Goddess), meaning 'one who is worshiped by Nandi, the divine bull'. Wife to Lord Shiva, the Goddess is one of the many aspects of Goddess Sati or Parvati.

Situated about 179 km from Howrah and close to the Sainthia railway station, the temple is also a famous pilgrimage for visitors from Kolkata. Usually, a circular journey for pilgrimage is undertaken by visitors and devotees from Kolkata and other major cities in the Birbhum District, starting from Shantiniketan, through Tara Pith and Nandikeshwari and finally to Fullara Mahapith of Labhpur. Daily 'Prasad' is offered to the devotees in the temple. Annual festival is held during the autumn season.


There are two colleges in Sainthia.
"Abhedananda Mahavidyalaya", which is a general stream college under 'The University of Burdwan'.
Birbhum Vivekananda Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital (BVHMCH), which is a homeopathic medical college.


Sainthia High School is the oldest high school of Sainthia. It was started as Boys' high school but now it is co-educational in 11th and 12th class.Founded by 'Panchanan Ghosh',who was one among the leading personalities of Sainthia ,who belonged to the famous 'Ghosh' family of Sainthia.

Sainthia Town High School is a boys' only high school, (HS).

Shashibhushan Dutta Girls' High School is a high school only for girls'. It is HS level. This school was founded by the famous "Dutta" family of Sainthia in the memory of their father.

Jogeshwari Dutta Girls' High School was started by Sainthia Municipality as "Municipal Girls' Junior High School" up to 8th class. The famous Dutta family sponsored it to a high school in memory of mother Jogeshwari Dutta. Now it is up to 10th class.

Paharhi Baba Vidyapth is not situated inside the area of Sainthia, but it contains a big percentage of students from Sainthia. It is a co-ed school.


There is one Govt Sponsored public library in Sainthia. It is situated beside Sainthia Town High School.


External links[edit]

Sainthia travel guide from Wikivoyage

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Student molested at Sainthia.

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Sainthia's Abhdananda college's principal has been humiliated.

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Times of India
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:03:45 -0700

She wrote to the chief secretary, asking that elections to Rajarhat-Gopalpur, South Dum Dum, Rajpur-Sonarpur, Maheshtala, Uluberia, Dankuni, Egra, Sainthia, Asansol, Kulti, Islampur, Mal, Kaliagunj, Gangarampur, Madhyamgram and the Siliguri Mahakuma ...


Times of India
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:00:22 -0700

The bone of contention was the Bengali transcript of the recorded video clippings of a public speech by Manirul Islam at Sainthia on July 23, 2013, where he allegedly claimed to have "crushed three under his feet". Justice Datta handed over the ...
Times of India
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:18:45 -0700

KOLKATA: The mother of the three men allegedly lynched following a kangaroo court directive in Birbhum's Labhpur in 2010 has moved high court demanding a CBI probe. She complained that the family is under pressure from Trinamool Congress MLA from ...
Calcutta Telegraph
Sun, 29 Jun 2014 17:00:00 -0700

The improved performance of the BJP has worried Trinamul and has prompted it to allegedly delay the civic poll to the Sainthia municipality. Other than Kasba, there are four gram panchayats within 15km that are controlled by rebel Trinamul leaders who ...
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:19:02 -0700

"While Mandal had urged partymen to burn down houses of independent candidates and bomb police before the panchayat polls, Manirul openly admitted in a public meeting at Sainthia that 'he had crushed three men under his feet'. Mullick called CPM a ...
Free Press Journal
Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:03:45 -0700

Kolkata: A first-year graduation student in West Bengal's Birbhum district was caught cheating with a bluetooth device concealed in a seemingly innocuous wig. The mass of fake curly hair was worn by Mohd. Saif – the examinee – for two consecutive days ...

The Indian Republic

The Indian Republic
Sat, 05 Jul 2014 04:24:57 -0700

This tragic mishap occurred at Sainthia in West Bengal in 2010. This was again one of the heartbreaking incidents, killing 60 passengers and injuring many. This was the result of a speeding passenger train that had rammed into another train that was ...

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