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West Champaran District Map

Bettiah (बेतिया) is a city and administrative headquarters of West Champaran district near Indo-Nepal border, 225 km north-west of Patna, in Bihar state of India.




In 1244 A.D., Gangeshwar Dev, a Brahmin of "Jaitharia" clan, settled at Jaithar in Champaran.[1] One of his descendants, Agar Sen, acquired large territory in the reign of Emperor Jehangir and was bestowed the title of 'Raja' by Emperor Shah Jahan. In 1659, he was succeeded by his son Raja Guj Singh, who built the palace of the family at Bettiah. He died in 1694 A.D. The palace stands today but serves as marketplace.

In 1765, when the East India Company acquired the Diwani, Bettiah Raj held the largest territory under its jurisdiction. It consisted of all of Champaran except for a small portion held by the Ram Nagar Raj (also held by Bhumihar family).[2]


विजयेन्द्र कुमार माथुर[3] ने लेख किया है ...वेठद्वीप (AS, p.872) नामक एक प्राचीन नगर का उल्लेख बौद्ध साहित्य में है। कुछ विद्धानों ने इसका अभिज्ञान बेतिया (ज़िला चंपारन) से किया है। इतिहासकार मजुमदार शास्त्री (ऐशेंट ज्यॉग्रेफ़ी ऑफ़ इंडिया 1924, पृ. 714) के अनुसार यह कसिया का नाम है। 'धम्मपदटीका (हार्वर्ड ओरियंटल सिरीज, 28, पृ. 247) में वेठदीपक नामक एक राजा का उल्लेख है, जिसका सम्बंध अल्लकप्प के राजा के साथ बताया जाता है।

External links


  1. Lethbridge, Sir Roper (2005). The Golden Book of India: A Genealogical and Biographical Dictionary of the Ruling Princes, Chiefs, Nobles, and Other Personages, Titled Or Decorated of the Indian Empire. Aakar Books. p. 67. ISBN 978-81-87879-54-1.
  2. Ram, Bindeshwar (1998). Land and society in India: agrarian relations in colonial North Bihar. Orient Blackswan. ISBN 978-81-250-0643-5.
  3. Aitihasik Sthanavali by Vijayendra Kumar Mathur, p.872