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Kahalgaon, is named after KOHAL RISHI, the father of the saint named ASTRAVAKRA popularly known in THE MAHABHARATA. ASTRAVAKRA was one of the greatest saints who got his body VAKARA from eight places so was named as ASTRAVAKRA. He set free his father from jail of the king by winning the a contest on SHASTRA.

Kahalgaon is located in  Bhagalpur District (3rd largest city in Bihar). It is about 30 km east of Bhagalpur.

Kahalgaon is located at 25.27°N 87.22°E.[1] It has an average elevation of 16 metres (52 feet). It is located on the bank of the Ganga river.

Vikramshila University: Close to Kahalgaon are the remains of the great Vikramshila University, that was famous as a centre of advanced learning across the world in the ancient times.

Mahmud Shah's Tomb: Kahalgaon also houses the Tomb of Mahmud Shah, the last independent king of erstwhile Bengal, who died here a few days after his army was defeated by Sher Shah.
The SSV college, which is a degree college, was the main stock center of business of indigoNil, used for white cloth at the time of The British rule in India.

KAHALGAON was the education hub in the Middle Ages. Vikramasila University was one of the two most important centers of Buddhist learning in India, along with Nalanda University during the Pala dynasty. Vikramaśīla was established by King Dharmapala 783 to 820 in response to a supposed decline in the quality of scholarship at Nālandā. Atisha, the renowned pandita, is sometimes listed as a notable abbot.

In the vicinity of the town, now stands afirm the thermal power project from NTPC, known as "Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Project". The project has an approved capacity of 2340 MW in two stages. The present installed capacity of the project is 1840 MW, supplying power to the states in the Eastern, North East, Western and Northern Region. The recent approval for expansion of the additional capacity to the tune of 710MWs is being undertaken in stages. The first stage has four units of 210 MW capacity each and the second expansion stage has three units of 500 MW.

Arrival of NTPC in the town, marked the arrival of world-class infrastructure, healthcare and education, which would have taken years to reach to people otherwise. Kahalgaon now enjoys the luxury of the best. Education has taken a front-runner in the normal routine and the setup has also created enough jobs and businesses around itself. The townships of NTPC are wonderfully-planned, with lush greenery. It has parks, shopping complexes, clubhouses, stadium and transit-camps apart from housing for employees. The peace that Kahalgaon has is remarkable.


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