पूर्णियाँ pūrṇiyām̐

‘Thick Forest’ [Purnea] City/District, Bihar

From Skt: pūrṇa, ‘full’, ‘complete’; aranya, ‘forest’.

Another suggestion is that the District gets its name from the goddess Puran Devi, a manifestation of the goddess Kali who has a temple nearby.

Purnia is very much an agricultural District with a wide range of crops including: maize, rice, wheat, potatoes, chickpeas, chili peppers, jute and lentils. Purnia also boasts major grain storage facilities and has Asia’s largest maize trading center.

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