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  • How much is a Bigha (India)

    How much area is one Bigha (used in India) in square foot? I couldn't find this unit in the area section of this site.

    TIA

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    Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

    There seem to be many different definitions for it, depending on the area. That is usually the problem with all traditional units.

    Generally in India it is defined as 0.4 hectare.

    In Bangladesh and in West Bengal it was standardized under British rule at exactly 1600 square yards.

    In central India it is defined as 3025 square yards.

    In Nepal it is definded as 0.677 hectare

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      Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

      Thanks for the response. The place I found it was referring to the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh (northern India) in case you would happen to know how it is defined over there.

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      • #4
        Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

        That's tough decision.

        It's close to Nepal so may be using that definition, but in India so may be using that definition. So probably, but not sure, it would be between 0.4 and 0.677 hectare. Not a very definitive answer for you.

        I will try emailing a university in India and see if they can provide information. The last time I emailed a question they did respond, just took nearly 3 weeks.

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        • #5
          Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

          Hello Robert, I was just wondering if you managed to get a response from your contact as yet?

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          • #6
            Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

            Any news from India?

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            • #7
              Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

              Nothing back from the university. I found a couple more definitions.

              In Rajastan, India, a Bigha equals 2500 square meters. In Bangal, India, a Bigha equals 1333.33 square meters.

              The only thing I can say for sure is 1 Bigha = 20 Kattha = 13 Ropani, just all definitions converting to metric seem to differ.

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              • #8
                Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

                It appears that in Himachal Pradesh, it is equal to 843 sq. m!?!
                Venkateswaran,
                Chennai,
                India

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                  Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

                  Originally posted by Unregistered
                  How much area is one Bigha (used in India) in square foot? I couldn't find this unit in the area section of this site.

                  TIA
                  1bigha = .625 acre=5/8 acre
                  16 bigha = 1 acre

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                  • #10
                    Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

                    Originally posted by Unregistered
                    1bigha = .625 acre=5/8 acre
                    16 bigha = 1 acre
                    how come 1 bigha be 0.625 acre and 16 bigha be 1 acre? Or do you mean 1.6 bigha = 1 acre?

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                    • #11
                      Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

                      Originally posted by Unregistered
                      Or do you mean 1.6 bigha = 1 acre?
                      1.6 sounds correct. That is probably what he meant.

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                      • #12
                        Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

                        The bigha varies in size from region to another; in India it is generally less than an acre (0.4 hectare).
                        In Bengal (both in Bangladesh and in West Bengal, India) the bigha was standardized under British colonial rule (0.1338 hectare or 0.3306 acre); this is often interpreted as being 1/3 acre.
                        In central India bighas were standardized at 3025 square yards or 5/8 acre (0.2529 hectare).

                        Source:
                        Rice Wheat Consortium Website.

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                        • #13
                          Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

                          How much is 2 bigha and 12 bissa?

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                            Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

                            Originally posted by Robert Fogt
                            There seem to be many different definitions for it, depending on the area. That is usually the problem with all traditional units.

                            Generally in India it is defined as 0.4 hectare.

                            In Bangladesh and in West Bengal it was standardized under British rule at exactly 1600 square yards.

                            In central India it is defined as 3025 square yards.

                            In Nepal it is definded as 0.677 hectare
                            In rajasthan (around Jaipur) 1 Bigha = 165 ft* 165 ft OR 2530 Sq. mt i.e. (1.6 Bigha = 1 Acre)

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                            • #15
                              Re: How much is a Bigha (India)

                              1 bigha = .625 acres
                              Or
                              1 bigha = 1.6 acres

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