Ara or Arrah (both: ŭˈrə) [key], city (1991 pop. 157,082), Bihar state, NE India, on the Son Canal. A major road and rail junction, it is the administrative center for a district that produces grain, sugarcane, and oilseed. There are limestone deposits on the outskirts. Ara was the scene of fighting during the Indian Mutiny (1857), when the British were attacked by Kunwar Singh.