Dhemaji

Dhemaji is the headquarters of Dhemaji district, Assam, India. It is one of the remote districts of Assam.

The town’s name “Dhemaji’ is believed to be derived from Mising words “Dhe” meaning”fly” and “maji” meaning “creeping”.

Dhemaji is located at 27.48°N 94.58°E.It has an average elevation of 91 metres (298 feet). Dhemaji is located to the north of the river brahmaputra. To its north lies the Arunachal himalayas. To its east is the state, Arunachal Pradesh and to the west is lakhimpur, a district of Assam. It has many big and small rivers flowing through it. Some of them are Jiadhal, Gainodi, and Cemen. The river Subansiri flows by its western border.

The area of the present district was under the control of the Sutiya kings during their reign of over 400 years. Ruins of the erstwhile capital are still there but not well preserved. A number of monuments Ghuguha Dol, Ma Manipuri Than, Padumani Than built by the Ahom kings are worth visiting.

Dhemaji became a fully-fledged district on 14 October 1989 when it was split from Lakhimpur district.

The area of the present district was under the control of the Sutiya kings during their reign of over 400 years. Ruins of the erstwhile capital are still there but not well preserved. A number of monuments Ghuguha Dol, Ma Manipuri Than, Padumani Than built by the Ahom kings are worth visiting.

As of 2001 India census, Dhemaji had a population of 11,851. Males constitute 54% of the population and females 46%. Dhemaji has an average literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80% and, female literacy is 70%. In Dhemaji, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.

The National Highway No. 52 passes through Dhemaji end at Jonai. The broad-gauge train service has been successfully completed. Jiadhal and Gainadi are the most ravaging rivers in this district in terms of floods. Every year floods destroy a bulk of the agricultural proceeds and people take refuge in camps. The nearest airport to Dhemaji is Lilabari Airport, near North Lakhimpur, some 66 km away. A bridge over the Brahmaputra is under construction that will connect Dhemaji with Dibrugarh by road as well as by rail. The state-highways here are comparatively well-off compared to its neighbouring district.