Saraikela, also spelled Seraikella, is the administrative headquarters of Saraikela Kharsawan District of Jharkhand. Earlier it was a municipality in Pashchimi Singhbhum district in the Indian state of Jharkhand. It was formerly the capital of the Odia Saraikela State, a princely state. The town is a road junction and agricultural trade centre, with nearby deposits of copper, iron-ore, asbestos, and is situated between Jamshedpur and chaibasa.

Saraikella [1]
Saraikela Saraikella [1] is located in Jharkhand
Saraikela Saraikella [1]
Saraikella [1]
Location in Jharkhand, India
Saraikela Saraikella [1] is located in India
Saraikela Saraikella [1]
Saraikella [1]
Saraikella [1] (India)
Coordinates: 22°43′N 85°57′E / 22.72°N 85.95°E / 22.72; 85.95Coordinates: 22°43′N 85°57′E / 22.72°N 85.95°E / 22.72; 85.95
Country India
DistrictSaraikela Kharsawan
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code06597
Vehicle registrationJH-22
Official language[2]Hindi
Second languagesSanthali, Oriya, Ho, Kurukh, Mundari, Kharia, Nagpuri, Panchpargania, Khortha, Bengali, and Kurmali.[3]


Saraikela is situated on the bank of Kharkai River in southern Jharkhand. It is well connected with Jamshedpur via land route.


Saraikela stateEdit

The Saraikela state was founded in 1620 by Raja Bikram Singh (a fore-runner to the ruling family's current nomenclature of Singh Deo).[4]


Saraikela is known for its Chhau dance. It is a unique amalgamation of Oriya and Ho tribal culture. The palace of the former Raja, Kudarsai temple, Guest House and the Shiva temple are some cultural places to visit. Rath yatra and Durga puja are some festivals celebrated with much joy. It is also famous for its laddu.

Business and industryEdit

The main business families of Seraikela include the Choudhary, Sekseria and Sahu families, who are involved in various business enterprises in Seraikela. Abhijeet Group (Corporate Ispat & Alloys Ltd.) is setting up its steel & power plant in Seraikela (7 km from Town). Jupiter Cement is also setting up a Portland cement plant nearby. Steel plant of Sesa Goa and Bharat Steel are also proposed in the area.

The Adityapur industrial estate is a part of Seraikela district and has major ancillary units of Tata Motors. Adityapur Industrial Area also known as AIADA was once known as the largest industrial hub in India. Further,Chandil is also growing rapidly as an industrial centre and currently has a number of food processing and sponge iron units. The 20,000-capacity Birsa Munda Stadium is located in Saraikela. It is used mostly for cricket and football.


As of 2011 India census,[5] Seraikela had a population of 26,145. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Seraikela has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78%, and female literacy is 61%. In Seraikela, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.


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  2. ^ "Report of the Commissioner for linguistic minorities: 50th report (July 2012 to June 2013)" (PDF). Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2016. Retrieved 26 December 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  4. ^ Princely States of India
  5. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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