Purbadhala Upazila ( Netrokona district) with an area of 312.30 sq km, is surrounded by Durgapur (Netrokona) and Dhobaura upazilas on the north, Gauripur upazila on the south, Netrokona Sadar upazila on the east and Phulpur and Haluaghat upazilas on the west.
Purbadhala (Town) consists of one mouzas. The area of the town is 6.52 sq km. The town has a population of 7805; male 53.21%, female 46.79%. The density of population is 1197 per sq km. Literacy rate among the town people is 37.4%.
Administration Purbadhala thana was established in 1917 and was turned into an upazila in 1983. The upazila consists of 11 union parishads, 226 mouzas and 334 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Sunaikandha and Lalchapur Mosques (Mughal period), Nrisingh Jeu Akhra at Hogla and Rajpara Mandir at Ghagra.
Historical events Karim Shah and his son Tipu Shah (Tipu Pagal [mystic]) settled at village Ladirkandha in 1792 and led the Pagal Panthi Movement against the oppressive zamindars.
Population 235675; male 50.79%, female 49.21%; Muslim 93.58%, Hindu 5.8% and others 0.62%; ethnic nationals: Garo and Hodi (435 families).
Religious institutions Mosque 295, temple 25; noted Purbadhala Bazar Jami Mosque, Nrisingh Jeu Akhra Temple.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 23%; male 28.6% and female 17.2%.
Educational institutions: college 4, high school 19, madrasa 12, government primary school 79, non-government primary school 97, low cost school 12, satellite school 4,
NGO operated school 50. Noted educational institutions: Purbadhala Pilot High School (1916), Ghagra High School (1919), S. Jaria Zhangail High School (1946); extinct: Narayandahar English Minor High School (1847), Deotukon High School (1919).
Cultural organisations Rural club 35, playground 12, women's organisation 1, public library 1, cinema hall 5.
Main occupations Agriculture 57.54%, fishing 1.63%, agricultural labourer 20.43%, wage labourer 2.19%, commerce 5.46%, service 2.43% and others 10.32%.
Land use Cultivable land 23239.98 hectares, fallow land 116.15 hectares; single crop 19%, double crop 76% and treble crop land 5%; land under irrigation 78%.
Land control Among the peasants 20% are landless, 32% small, 37% intermediate and 11% rich; cultivable land per head 0.20 hectares.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 5000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, kaun, khesari, sweet potato, arahar, ginger, turmeric.
Main fruits Jackfruit, mango, banana, lemon, bel and black berry.
Fisheries, dairies, poultries Fishery 4, poultry 26.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 65 km, semi pucca 35 km and mud road 530 km; waterways13 nautical mile; railway 29 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart and buffalo cart. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Flour mill 2, saw mill 30 , Ice factory 5.
Cottage industries Goldsmith 22, wood work 70, blacksmith 25, tailoring 140, welding 18, potteries 30.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 25 most noted of which are Purbadhala, Hogla, Shyamganj, Hironpur, Narayan Dahar, Deotukun, Jaria; fairs 3 (Chaitra Sangkranti Mela at Purbadhala, Hogla and Mangalbaria Mela).
Main exports Paddy and jute and fish. NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Swavalambi, Shikha, Shova, BRDA, Mukti Foundation, Brac, Proshika, ASA, CPCD, SAS.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, satellite clinic 3 and family planning centre 11.