Birnagar

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Birnagar
বীরনগর
City
Birnagar is located in West Bengal
Birnagar
Birnagar
Location in Nadia, West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°08′33″N 88°19′57″E / 23.1424°N 88.3326°E / 23.1424; 88.3326Coordinates: 23°08′33″N 88°19′57″E / 23.1424°N 88.3326°E / 23.1424; 88.3326
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Nadia
Population (2001)
 • Total 26,596
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Website nadia.nic.in Template:URL:www.facebook.com

Birnagar is a city and a Municipality under Taherpur police station of Ranaghat subdivision in Nadia district in the state of West Bengal, India.[1]

History[edit]

As per the records Birnagar was an island in the Hoogly river that changed its course away of the then ULA around 1707 A.D. Before British colonization, Birnagar was called Ula. The "Ula" name is still present in the names of some local institutions, such as the library and hospital. It is mentioned in the short story Post Master by Rabindranath Tagore and in the novel Aporajito by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay. Birnagar Municipality is around 150 years old.The first chairman of the Birnagar Municipality was Kabi Nabinchandra Sen. It earlier had two zamindars. One part of Birnagar belonged to the Mukherjees, and the other part belonged to the Mustafis.

Demographics[edit]

As per the 2011 Indian census,[2] Birnagar has a population of 1,15127 . Males constitute 51% of the population, and females 49%. Birnagar has an average literacy rate of 70%, which is much higher than the national average of 59.5%; with male literacy of 76% and female literacy of 65%. 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Education[edit]

There are two high schools, one for boys and one for girls. Birnagar High School dated back to 1937 is one of the oldest school in the region, another is Shivkali Girls High school. There is only one intermediate school and there are several primary schools. Ramkrishna Ashramic primary and an English medium school. There are several computer center and NGOs. Among the NGOs YOURS(Ula Youth Organization For Reformation Service) arranges MDP, ESDP,IMC programs on various technical skill. There are also several dance and drawing schools.

Markets and Sub-Divisions[edit]

Birnagar has several markets, including Rail bazaar,Boro Bazaar and Palitpara, where mostly people came here for marketing from the several parts like Bespur.The biggest Business place in Birnagar is Rail Bazaar. Birnagar sub areas

Notable People[edit]

  1. Bhaktivinoda Thakur
  2. Rajsekhar Bose (Parasuram)
  3. Nabinchandra Sen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "District Wise List of Statutory Towns". Census of India 2001, Urban Frame. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.