Shivalaya Upazila (Manikganj district) with an area of 199.07 sq km, is surrounded by Daulatpur (Manikganj) and Ghior upazilas on the north, Harirampur and Char Badrasan upazilas on the south, Ghior and Harirampur upazilas on the east, Bera upazila on the west.
Main rivers are Padma and Ichamati.
Shivalaya (Town) located at Tepra, the consists of five mouzas. The area of the town is 2.83 sq km. It has a population of 3611; male 51.45%, female 48.55%. Literacy rate among the town people is 39.5%.
Administration Shivalaya thana was established in 1919 and was turned into an upazila in 1983. It consists of 7 union parishads, 202 mouzas and 236 villages.
Archaeological heritage Ekdala Fort (Amdala, Sivalaya), Katasgarh Fort, Dhakijora Fort, Daschira Buddha-vihara and Stupa, Navaratna Math (Teota), Teota zamindar-bari, Machain Masjid, tomb of Shah Rustam (Machain), Tepra Kali-mandir, Sreebari (Tepra), Neel-kuthi at Teota.
Historical events During the War of Liberation in 1971 the Pak army attacked the camp of the freedom fighters located at Nayabari in November; the battle that followed continued for four hours resulting in the retreat of the Pak army.
Population 143842; male 52.42%, female 47.58%; Muslim 82.88%, Hindu 16.88%, Christian 0.09%, ethnic nationals 0.15%.
Religious institutions Mosque 166, temple 90, tomb 5, church 1, Hindu sacred place 1.
Notable religious institutions: Machain Mosque, Upazila Parisad Mosque, Sivalaya Central Mosque, Teota Mosque, Intazganj Jami Mosque, Rupsa Mosque, Anulia Mosque, Boalipara Mosque, Jafarganj Mosque, Tepra Kali-Mandir, Daschira Buddha-vihara, Navaratna Math, tomb of Shah Rustam.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 56.54%; male 60.54%, female 52.54%.
Educational institutions: college 2, high school (government) 1, high school (non-government) 17, junior high school 5, madrasa 5, primary school (government) 52, primary school (non-government) 16.
Noted institutions: Upazila Central Abdul Ghani Sarker High School, Teota Academy (1891), Barangail Gopal Krishna High School (1924),
Cultural organisations Club 34, public library 1, society and organisation 3, theatre group 5, theatre stage 1, cinema hall 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 36.4%, agricultural labourer 23.13%, fishing 2.24%, industry 1.21%, commerce 14.74%, service 6.87%, transport 2.55%, wage labourer 3.87% and others 8.99%.
Land use Cultivable land 12011 hectares, fallow land 3004 hectares; single crop 18.2%, double crop 75.28% and triple crop land 6.52%. Cultivable land under irrigation 29.95%.
Land control Among the peasants, 13.8% are landless, 32.97% marginal, 39.56% small, 11.69% intermediate and 1.98% rich; cultivable land per head 0.083 hectare.
Value of land The market value of the first grade arable land is Tk 10000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, wheat, jute, potato, pulse, ground nut, sugarcane, oil seed, onion, garlic, chilli, vegetable. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, china, barley, pea, vetch, sesame, kaun, sweet potato.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, guava, coconut, palm. Fisheries, dairies and poultries Fishery 400, livestock and dairy 185, poultry 265, hatchery 5.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 25 km, semi pucca 13 km and mud road 488 km; waterways 14 nautical mile; Aricha Ferry-ghat is located here.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), bullock cart and horse carriage (nearly extinct), boat.
Manufactories Heavy industry (electric pole factory) 1, small industry 269.
Cottage industries Weaving 252, brass metal work 15, conch-shell bangle work 2, silk work 8, bidi factory 4, packaging 27, candle and agar work 20, welding 88, wood work 115, bamboo work 392, goldsmith 98, blacksmith 63, potteries 258, tailoring 217.
Hats bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 19, fairs 4, noted of which are Barangail Hat, Mahadevpur, Uthali Hat, Jafarganj, Teota Hat, Shivalaya Bazar, Rajganj Bazar, Tepra Bazar, Nali Bazar, Rath Mela, Baruni Mela.
Main exports Electric pole, bidi, paddy, onion, chilli, pulse, seed oil, vegetable, cattle, poultry, fish, bamboo, cane, molasses, milk, palm.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac, Proshika, Grameen Bank,ASA , Spus, Usha, Prism Bangladesh, DRRS, ITCL, , CDC,.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, satellite clinic 3, family planning centre 5, community clinic (proposed) 7.