Jorabagan

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Jorabagan
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
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Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
Ward
  1. 19,20,21,24,25
Metro Station Girish Park
Parliamentary constituency Kolkata Uttar
Assembly constituency Jorasanko, Shyampukur
Government
 • MLA Parimal Biswas
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Population (2001)
 • Total 129,701
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 700 006
Area code(s) +91 33

Jorabagan (Bengali: জোড়াবাগান) is a neighbourhood in north Kolkata, earlier known as Calcutta, in the Indian state of West Bengal. As a neighbourhood, it covers a small area but its importance is primarily because of the police station[1] and the assembly constituency.

Etymology[edit]

Jorabagan, meaning ‘a pair of gardens’ in Bengali, was so named because the road through it led to the garden houses of Gobindram Mitter and Umichand.[2]

History[edit]

Jorabagan is part of old Sutanuti. It is in this neighbourhood that Job Charnock made his famous landing at Sutanuti ghat in 1690. Mohunton’s ghat between Beniatola and Sobhabazar ghats lurks the forgotten traditional landing place. There was a large tree under which Job Charnock is believed to have rested.[3]

The Sabarna Roy Choudhury Paribar Parishad, and nine other intellectuals of the city filed a public interest litigation before the Kolkata High Court in 2001 demanding a probe into the matter whether Job Charnock can be regarded as the founder of Kolkata. The Court, upon an Expert Committee finding, declared that Job Charnock cannot be regarded as the founder of the city.[4][5]

Geography[edit]

Nimtala ghat in the neighbourhood is the burning ghat where Hindus cremate their dead.[3] Amongst the more renowned people cremated there was Rabindranath Tagore and the place is marked with a memorial structure. Nimtala ghat now has an electric crematorium.

Demographics[edit]

Jorabagan police station area spread over ward nos. 19 (Ahiritola-Beniatola), 20 (Jorabagan, Nimtalaghat), 21 (Jorabagan – partly under North Port PS), 24 (Pathuriaghata, Malapara), and 25 (part of Jorasanko) had a total population of 129,701 in the 2001 census, of which 77,367 were males and 52,334 were females. The entire area recorded negative decadal growth.[6] The neighbourhood is dominated by Marwaris and is largely Hindi-speaking.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jorabagan Police Station". Kolkata Police. Retrieved 2008-01-10. [dead link]
  2. ^ Cotton, H.E.A., Calcutta Old and New, 1909/1980, p 104, General Printers and Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
  3. ^ a b Cotton, H.E.A., p. 282
  4. ^ Bangiya Sabarna Katha Kalishetra Kalikatah by Bhabani Roy Choudhury, (Bengali), Manna Publication. ISBN 81-87648-36-8
  5. ^ Sabarna Prithivi - website of the Sabarna Roy Choudhury family
  6. ^ "Provisional Population Totals, Table 4". Population, Decadal Growth Rate, Density and General Sex Ratio by Residence and Sex, West Bengal/ District/ Sub District, 1991 and 2001. Census Commission of India. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 

External links[edit]

Kolkata/North Kolkata travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 22°35′17″N 88°21′18″E / 22.588°N 88.355°E / 22.588; 88.355