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Motihari () is the headquarters of East Champaran district (Purvi Champaran district) in the Indian state of Bihar.


In 1866 Champaran was made into a district with Motihari as its headquarters. On 1 December 1977 the Champaran district was divided into two and Motihari became the headquarters of East Champaran district. The municipality of Motihari was established in 1879. Though no authentic data is available, one of the oldest structures in Motihari appears to be the Briksha Sthan Math, a temple of the guardian deity of Motihari, dating back to 1805. During the British era the town flourished and it became one of the important centers in North Bihar.

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Motihari is around 165&nbsp;km from Patna, the capital of Bihar, 50&nbsp;km from Bettiah, and 82&nbsp;km from Muzaffarpur. The city is very close to Nepal. Birgunj, the second largest city of Nepal, is 55&nbsp;km away.


India census, Motihari has an urban population of 1,73,359 with 54% males, 46% females, and 15% of the population is under 6 years of age. Motihari has an average literacy rate of 69%, higher than the Indian national average of 59.5%.rural population is 28,69,702

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George Orwell

George Orwell, author of books Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four, was born in Motihari in 1903. His father Richard Walmesley Blair was a...
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