Barakar

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Barakar
বরাকর
Town
Barakar is located in West Bengal
Barakar
Barakar
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°44′N 86°51′E / 23.73°N 86.85°E / 23.73; 86.85Coordinates: 23°44′N 86°51′E / 23.73°N 86.85°E / 23.73; 86.85
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Bardhaman
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Asansol
Vidhan Sabha constituency Kulti
Website bardhaman.gov.in

Barakar is a town in Asansol subdivision of Bardhaman district in the state of West Bengal. It is situated at the border of the states of Jharkhand and West Bengal. The Grand Trunk Road passes through Barakar. The town is located on the banks of Barakar River.

Geography[edit]

The Asansol-Durgapur region is composed of undulating latterite region. This area lies between two mighty rivers – the Damodar and the Ajay. They flow almost parallel to each other in the region – the average distance between the two rivers is around 30 km. For ages the area was heavily forested and infested with plunderers and marauders. The discovery of coal led to industrialisation of the area and most of the forests have been cleared.[1] At the western fringe of the area the Barakar forms the boundary with Jharkhand.

Demographics[edit]

It mainly consists of Bengalis,Marwaris and Biharis . Predominantly a Bengali speaking area

Economy[edit]

It is mainly a trade centre and surrounded by numerous refractories and other small factories. The place basically consists of a straight road consisting mainly of commercial establishments and residential areas thereafter.

Culture[edit]

Begunia temples[edit]

There are four temples in one complex known as Begunia temples.The fourth temple, last from the entrance, seems to be the oldest and was built around 8th-9th century. It is amongst the oldest rekh-deul temples in West Bengal. Two other temples are dated around 14th-15th century. The temples have Shiva lingams and idols of Ganesha and Durga. Many stone idols have been discovered in the complex. Some are Vishnu idols but others are Jain idols, possibly belonging to the older fourth temple. It is evident that Barakar was once a Buddhist and Jain religious centre. Thereafter, it became a Shaivite centre and was also a Viashnavite centre at some point of time.[2]

Gayatri Mandir[edit]

It is in karim dangal a very famous temple established by Marawaris. co-founder by shree Prahlad Rai Goyal.

Har Hari Baba[edit]

A famous temple of lord Shiva it is situated at Ramnagar (Barakar to Kalyaneswari Road)...BY : priyo

Barakar-Hanuman-mandir

Hanuman Mandir[edit]

It is a temple of lord Hanuman situated at New Colony. (Dishergarh Road). A very old and famous temple established in 1982s. The first priest of this temple was Shri Jag Narayan Misshra. by Avinash Kumar Singh

Kali Mandir located near adarsha vidyalaya barakar was established years back by Bhagat Family who originally hails from the sate of Bihar.This family still have complete control over this temple. There is an annual function every year celebrated by the family.

Educational institutions[edit]

  • R.D.S Gyan Niketan ( Hospital Road Barakar ) for boys & girls
  • Begunia Abaitanik Prathamik Vidyalaya (Dishergarh Road)
  • Begunia High School (Dishergarh Road)school for boys & girls
  • Sree Marwari Vidyalaya - School for boys.
  • Sree Adarsh Vidyalaya - School for boys.
  • Srimati Jarao Devi Balika Vidyalaya - School for girls.
  • Mother Mary's School
  • Little Angel's School
  • Barakar high school for boys
  • Utkarsh competitive coaching centre for all competitive examination.
  • Lakhotia Computer Centre for all Computer Education
  • Land Survey Education Society - Barakar
  • Eastern Surveyors Association - Barakar

St Angles school

  • Assembly of Children School(Fari Road, Barakar)

Transport[edit]

Roads[edit]

Grand Trunk road connects Barakar with Kolkata with the distance being roughly 250 km. The largest towns near to Barakar are: Asansol (17 km from Barakar) and Dhanbad (42 km from Barakar). Barakar is well connected by private run long distance bus services to places like Durgapur, Bardhaman, Katwa, Memari, Kalyani, Krishnanagar, Bankura, Suri, Sainthia, Bolpur,Jangipur in Murshidabad district, Mogra, Arambag, Purulia, and Ranchi. A South Bengal State Transport Corporation bus also links it to Kolkata and Haldia.

Railways[edit]

The train line passing through Barakar connects it to Kolkata and Delhi via Dhanbad. Major trains having stoppages at Barakar are Howrah - Dhanbad Double Decker Express, Coalfield Express, Black Diamond Express, Howrah - Mumbai- Howrah Mail (via Allahabad), Shaktipunj Express, Doon Express etc. Also several local trains connect Barakar to Dhanbad, Gomoh, and Bardhaman .

Oldest Shops[edit]

  • Barakar General Stores : Established in 1955, is the most famous medicine shop among the crowd of Bardhaman District.
  • Swadeshi Bastralaya

Gupta store

  • Nu craft
  • Blue Fox Dry Clean
  • hazra book depot
  • prakash aluminium store
  • Raja ice cream factory
  • Dokania Medical Store
  • Munnu Halwai Dukaan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (Bengali), Vol I, pp 14-15, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3
  2. ^ Ghosh, Binoy, Paschim Banger Sanskriti, (in Bengali), part I, 1976 edition, pp. 219-221, Prakash Bhaban

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