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|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Asansol|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Kulti|
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.
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. At the western fringe of the area the Barakar forms the boundary with Jharkhand.
It mainly consists of Bengalis and Marwaris.
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.
Begunia temples 
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.
Gayatri Mandir 
It is in krim dangangal a very famous temple established by Marawaris
Educational institutions 
- 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 '
Famous personalities 
- Deo Nath Singh - Championed the cause of education, secularism and the common man. He was a Sahitya Ratna and well-known educational and social reformist. A legend in these parts, is credited with the setting up and development of this town in its current state. Died in the year 1994.
- Pravin Rathod - Famous singer of the entire burdwan belt, speciality voice of Mukesh. Well versed in different regional languages. Many times nominated as a best singer in Burdwan dist.
- Sudesh Kumar Jha well educationalist have lot of experience in Tv Industry ,currently working with Sea Tv Network , Agra have worked with other Satellite Channel like DD for Aankhon Dekhi , Nepal1(Delhi) ,Voice of Nation (Dehradun),Tv 100 (Noida) ,Standard World (Punjab),He graduated Mass Comm. from Makhan Lal Chaturvedi Rashtriya Patrakarita Vishwavidyala,Bhopal(MP),also done B.Sc (Che.Hons) form Magadh Univ.at Bodh Gaya,Bihar & Completed Post graduation from Human Right institution,Saket,Delhi.
Contact Number- 0:8909032700,8527105700
- Mahesh Singh - Well known personality around town and elected as Councillor in the year 1994-1999(BJP). Graduated from Ranchi University BCom(Hons).
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.
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 
- Barakar General Stores : Established in 1955, is the most famous medicine shop among the crowd of Bardhaman District.
- Swadeshi Bastralaya
- Nu craft
- Blue Fox Dry Clean
- 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
- Ghosh, Binoy, Paschim Banger Sanskriti, (in Bengali), part I, 1976 edition, pp. 219-221, Prakash Bhaban