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Telkupi, Purulia This article is about the municipality in West Bengal, India. For the Indian district, see Purulia district. For the Australian house, see Purulia (Wahroonga).

Purulia is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the headquarters of the Purulia district. It is located on the north of the Kangsabati River.

Table of contents
  1. Geography
  2. Civic administration
  3. Education
  4. People from Purulia
  5. Purulia arms drop



Purulia is located at 23.33°N 86.37°E. It has an average elevation of 228 metres (748 feet).

Area overview

Purulia district forms the lowest step of the Chota Nagpur Plateau. The general scenario is undulating land with scattered hills. Purulia Sadar subdivision covers the central portion of the district. 83.80% of the population of the subdivision lives in rural areas. The map alongside shows some urbanization around Purulia city. 18.58% of the population, the highest among the subdivisions of the district, lives in urban areas. There are 4 census towns in the subdivision. The Kangsabati (locally called Kansai) flows through the subdivision. The subdivision has old temples, some of them belonging to the 11th century or earlier. The focus is on education - the university, the sainik school, the Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith at Bongabari, the upcoming medical college at Hatuara, et al.

The area is served by the Purulia Junction railway station.

Note: The map alongside presents some of the notable locations in the subdivision. All places marked in the map are linked in the larger full screen map.


Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from lows of 23 °C to highs above 38 °C. Winters are dry and cool with daily temperatures ranging from 12 °C to 26 °C. Most of the rainfall occurs during the wet monsoons.

Civic administration

Police stations

Purulia (Town) police station has jurisdiction over Purulia municipality and parts of Purulia I and Purulia II CD Blocks. The area covered is 13.9 km2 and the population covered is 151,210.

Purulia (Muffasil) police station has jurisdiction over parts of Purulia I and Purulia II CD Blocks. The area covered is 434.57 km2 and the population covered is 235,853.

Purulia Sadar Women police station was opened in 2014 at Bhatbandh, As of 2016, it is covering the jurisdiction of Purulia (T) PS, Purulia (M) PS, Kotshila PS, Arsha PS, Jhalda PS and Joypur PS.


University Degree colleges Engineering colleges Medical colleges Polytechnic colleges Schools
People from Purulia

Purulia arms drop

See also: Purulia arms drop scandal

On 18 December 1995, a mysterious weapon consignment was dropped from the sky over Joypur Jhalda area under Purulia district of West Bengal. The consignment was discovered the next morning. The reasons are still unknown.

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