East Singhbhum is one of the twenty-four districts of Jharkhand state, India. It was created on 16 January 1990. The word Singhbhum came from two odia words ‘singh’ and ‘bhumi’ literally meaning ‘land of lions’ . More than 50% of the district is covered by dense forests and mountains, where wild animals once roamed freely.
The district is bounded on the east by Midnapore district, on the north by Purulia district, both of West Bengal, on the west by West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand state, and on the south by Mayurbhanj district of Odisha.
East Singhbhum district has a leading position in respect of mining and other industrial activities in Jharkhand state. Jamshedpur, a leading industrial city of India, is the district headquarters. Ghatsila is home to the five decade old Copper Refinery of Hindustan Copper Limited. The Singhbhum Shear Zone, a geological feature lying between river Subarnarekha on North-East and Dhanjauri ranges on South-West houses the mines of Copper and Uranium. Most notable Copper mines are Banalopa, Badia, Pathargora, Dhobni, Kendadih, Rakha and Surda. Out of these only Surda is operational. Surda is currently operated by India Resources Ltd (www.Indiaresources.com.au), an Australian mining company. Important Uranium mines are jadugora, Narwapahar, Bhatin, Turamdih and Baghjanta. Chakulia an important town in the Southeastern part of the district is famous for its Rice Mills, Oil Mills, Washing Soap Factories and Bamboo production. Baharagora is another important town situated on National Highway No. 6.
In 2006 the Ministry of Panchayati Raj named East Singhbhum one of the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640).It is one of the 21 districts in Jharkhand currently receiving funds from the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).
There are six Vidhan Sabha constituencies in this district: Baharagora, Ghatsila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West. All of these are part of Jamshedpur Lok Sabha constituency.
Along with Santhali,Hindi,Oriya and Bengali are the major languages spoken here. The most prominent festivals of the place are Durga Puja, Basant Panchami, Makar Sankranti, Sohrai and Diwali.
One tourist attraction is Chitreshwar temple situated in Chitreshwar village in Baharagora Block 12 km from Baharagora. The temple is said to be one of the largest natural Shiva linga. Lots of devotees of Shiva come daily. Chitreshwar temple is believed to have the largest Shiva linga after ligaraja shiva linga in Bhubneshwar. It has another temple called Bhuteshwar which is in Baharagora Block. Ghatsila a famous tourist spot is also located in the district which was once inhabited by renowned Bengali poet Bibhuti Bhushan Bandyopadhyay. Rankini Temple located near the mining town of Jadugora is also worth mentioning. Goddess Rankini is held in high esteem and worshiped by the tribal and non tribal people inhabiting the district.