मधुबनी madhubanī

‘Honey Forest’ City/District, Bihar (Bih)

From Hin: madhu, ‘honey’; and bana, ‘forest’, ‘jungle’

Bihar, with Madhubani as a key centre, accounts for more than 10% of India’s honey production with more than 900 beekeepers directly linked to honey production.

Madhubani painting comes from here: the artists are usually women who paint the walls and floors of their houses at festival times. The paintings are brightly coloured with intricate shapes and patterns, telling the stories of Hindu gods and goddesses.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Bihar place names.