Kharagpur is a beautiful Industrial Notified Area (INA) in Munger district in the Indian state of Bihar. The city is situated at 25°07′N 86°33′E / 25.12°N 86.55°E / 25.12; 86.55. It has got an average elevation of 48 m and exists at a height of 157 feet above sea level.
Kharagpur derived its name from the name of an old Shiva temple known as Khargeswar.
Kharagpur is a tehsil town and one of the 9 blocks in Munger district. Kharagpur is many a times mistaken for the Kharagpur of West Bengal which is famous for having the longest railway platform in India.
The small town of Kharagpur is known for its scenic views as well as a few prominent religious attractions including the Mani River which flows through the city and never dries. One can witness a few major ‘Melas’ (Fairs) at this place at Rishikund, where every year in the Malmas, a big fair is held which has a religious sanctity. Another Fair which is held in Fagun on Shivaratri day is also celebrated in a big way which continues for three long days.
The place had a total population of 26,910, according to 2001 India census. The male population constitutes of 53% of the total population in comparison to that of the females, which is 47%. The city has an average literacy rate of 47%, which is less than the national average of 59.5%. As for the academics, the male literacy rate is 55% in comparison to that of the female literacy rate, which is 39%. In the city of Kharagpur, 18% of the total population is below 6 years of age.