Chirkunda is a city and a notified area in Dhanbad district in the state of Jharkhand, India. Maithon (Mai Ka Sthan - A place where Mother Goddess stays) Literally meaning Mother's Abode, it is the biggest reservoir of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). This dam, designed for flood control, has been built on the Barakar river. It has a unique underground power station which is first of its kind in SE Asia. Just a little away from the dam lies an ancient temple at Kalyaneshwari. The lake at Maithon is spread over an area of 65 km2. There is a rest house on an island in the lake. Boating and fishing facilities are available. Close by, a Deer Park and a bird sanctuary are also situated. Prior permission is required for visiting the powerhouse. The permits are issued from the office of the Assistant Public Relations Officer and guide services are also made available. In winters it attracts huge numbers of picnickers and generally is overcrowded between December 25 to January 5 every year. Kalyaneswari Temple: Close to Maithan Dam, 46 km away from Dhanbad,is the famous temple presiding deity of which is Maa Kalyaneshwari.It draws a large number of devotees throughout the year.So famous is the temple that even the name Maithan is said to have been derived from Mai-Ka-Than meaning Abode of the Goddess. There is also a deer park and a bird sanctuary in the vicinity. Panchet Dam: This is also a census town situated 9 km South of Chirkunda and about 54 km southeast of Dhanbad. The Panchet Dam, around which the Ttwnship has developed, is located here. Chirkunda is well connected to various places.




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