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|Barisal Town Hall|
|• Total||2,790.51 km2 (1,077.42 sq mi)|
|• Density||820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
|• Summer (DST)||BDST (UTC+7)|
Geography and climate
Latitude: 22.75, Longitude: 90.36, Altitude: 4.
Barisal is located in south-central Bangladesh, formerly a district called Bakerganj.
The max. annual average temperature is 35.1°C, minimum 12.1°C; annual rainfall is 1955 mm.
BISAS is trying to find out more history of this area.
Barisal District had a population of 2,291,000 at the 2011 Census (provisional).
Barisal's economic is mostly based on farming and fishing.
Durgasagar with an area of about 2,500 hectare, is the largest pond or dighi of southern Bangladesh. It is located at Madhabpasa village of babuganj upazila, about 11 km away from barisal town. Locally it is known as Madhabpasha Dighi. According to a desire of Rani Durgavati, mother of Raja Joynarayan, the dighi was dug in 1780 (1187 BS). Initially there were four pucca ghats each having 15m width. Due to the lack of proper maintenance jungles gradually surrounded the dighi. However in 1975, government renovated it to some extent. There are coconut trees around the dighi which together with the dighi are bounded by brick-walls. There are two gates each on the eastern and western sides of Durgasagar. In the middle of the dighi, there is an island with bushes. migratory birds usually come here during winter. The surrounding areas of the dighi has now been turned into a picnic spot. Presently, Barisal Development Board is looking after it.
Notable educational institutions in Barisal include Sher-e-Bangla Medical College, Govt. B M College, Govt. Barisal College, Govt. Hatem Ali College, Govt. Woman's College, Best Link Future Development Foundation (Barisal Campus).Barisal polytechnic college.
Barisal District is divided into the following Upazilas (formerly called Thanas):
- Agailjhara Upazila
- Babuganj Upazila
- Bakerganj Upazila
- Banaripara Upazila
- Gaurnadi Upazila
- Hizla Upazila
- Barisal Sadar Upazila
- Mehendiganj Upazila
- Muladi Upazila
- Wazirpur Upazila
Culture and places of interest
Just 12 km out of Barisal City is the place called Durga Sagar which is a large pond. Serving as a place for holiday trips for the city's residents, it also attracts visitors from other places. This is one of the main place of residence for the migrant birds that comes in winter.
Near Durga Sagar are the ancient ruins of the palace of a local landlord of the British colonial era (called zamindar in Bengali). Anyone can have a view of the palaces of this time by the sight of it. It is only a 15 minutes ride on a non-pollutant three-wheeler called Van from Durga Sagar.
The Bangabandhu Uddan (former Bell's Park) is a place inside Barisal City, right on the banks of River [Kirtonkhola].
South-east of Barisal city, over river Kirtonkhola, Shahid Abdur Rab Serniabat Bridge (Dapdapia bridge) was inaugurated recently.
- Prothom Alo (National)
- Desherpatro (National)
- The Daily Kaler kantho (National)
- Daily Samakal (National)
- Dainik News (National)
- Abdur Rahman Biswas, president and politician
- Mahanambrata Brahmachari, Hindu saint
- Abdul Gaffar Choudhury, journalist, who wrote Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano to mark the Bengali Language Movement.
- Jibanananda Das, Bengali poet
- Kusumkumari Das, poetess and mother of Jibanananda Das
- Md.Tamijuddin Mridha (Dedicated Pious )
- Aswini Kumar Dutta, founder of BM College
- Brojomohun Dutta
- A. K. Fazlul Huq politician.
- Shamsuddin Abul Kalam, Bangladeshi novelist
- Sufia Kamal, poet of Bangladesh
- Altaf Mahmud, music director & lyrician, who composed Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano
- Aroj Ali Matubbar, philosopher
- Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah, founder editor of The Daily Ittefaq
- Kamini Roy, poet of Bangladesh