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Sonamukhi is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°18′N 87°25′E / 23.3°N 87.42°E / 23.3; 87.42Coordinates: 23°18′N 87°25′E / 23.3°N 87.42°E / 23.3; 87.42
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Bankura
Elevation 66 m (217 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 27,348
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 722207
Telephone code 91 3244
ISO 3166 code IN-WB
Lok Sabha constituency Bishnupur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Sonamukhi

Sonamukhi is a town and a municipality in Bishnupur subdivision of Bankura District in the Indian state of West Bengal.


Sonamukhi is located at 23°18′N 87°25′E / 23.3°N 87.42°E / 23.3; 87.42.[1] It has an average elevation of 66 m (217 ft).


Sonamukhi is the birthplace of Haranath and KusumKumari Devi.[2] They are the reincarnation of Gouranga also known as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This place is considered equal importance among devotees as that of places like Vrindavan and Nabadwip respective birthplace of Krishna and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.[citation needed]

Besides the temple of Kusumharanath there other temples such as Manohar Das Thakur etc. Adjacent to the temple of Kusumharanath there is Ananta Kunda which water is sacred.


As of 2001 India census,[3] Sonamukhi had a population of 27,348. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Sonamukhi has an average literacy rate of 71%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 64%. In Sonamukhi, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Police station

Sonamukhi police station has jurisdiction over Sonamukhi municipality and Sonamukhi CD Block. The area covered is 380 km2 with a population of 142,305.[4][5]

CD Block HQ

The headquarters of Sonamukhi CD Block are located at Sonamukhi.[6]


In September 2005, South Eastern Railway began passenger services on the 41 km (25 mi) Bankura-Sonamukhi broad gauge section, being the first phase of the Bankura-Damodar River Railway project. BDR project reduced the distance from Bankura to Howrah via Masagram, providing alternate connectivity to Howrah through Eastern Railway via Howrah–Bardhaman chord.[7] Work up to Masagram is completed and inaugurated on 16 April 2013.[8]

State Highway 8 (West Bengal) running from Santaldih (in Purulia district) to Majhdia (in Nadia district) passes through Sonamukhi.[9]


Sonamukhi Rural Hospital functions as the central facility for Sonamukhi CD Block, with three Public Health Centres at Kundapuskarini, Panjal and Sitaljore and 26 subcentres.[10]



  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Sonamukhi
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  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Bankura". Tables 2.1, 2.2. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Sonamukhi PS". Bankura District Police. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "District Census Handbook: Bankura" (PDF). Map of Bankura with CD Block HQs and Police Stations (on the fifth page). Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal, 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Hindu Business Line 21 September 2005
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  9. ^ "List of State Highways in West Bengal". West Bengal Traffic Police. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Status of Health and FW Services in Bankura District". Chief Medical Officer of Health, Bankura. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 

External links

  • Map of Bankura district
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