Kandi, Murshidabad

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Kandi is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°57′N 88°02′E / 23.95°N 88.03°E / 23.95; 88.03Coordinates: 23°57′N 88°02′E / 23.95°N 88.03°E / 23.95; 88.03
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Murshidabad
Elevation 20 m (70 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 50,345
 • Official BengaliEnglish
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Baharampur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Kandi

Kandi is a town and a municipality in Murshidabad district in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is headquarters of Kandi subdivision.


Kandi is located at 23°57′N 88°02′E / 23.95°N 88.03°E / 23.95; 88.03.[1] It has an average elevation of 20 metres (65 feet).

Kandi is a small sub-divisional administrative headquarters in the district of Murshidabad, West Bengal.

It is just 30 km drive from the district headquarters of Berhampore. It has a close proximity to two other districts namely Burdwan & Birbhum.

The town is renowned for one of the oldest municipal bodies in India. It has acquired the status of a municipality way back in 1869.


There are many educational establishments in this tiny place including Kandi Raj College,Birendra Chandra College of Commerce, Kandi Raj High School, Kandi Manindra Cchandra Girls school,Bimal Chandra College of Law etc. Souvik Das, who reads in class X (Sec-C) at Kandi Raj High School now, will certainly stand first in West Bengal in the Madhyamik Pariksha 2015.

The educational revolution of this place started when Kandi Raj High School was established by converting a theatre owned by the Zamindars of the Kandi Raj family. This was done on an appeal by none other than Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, the eminent educationist and social reformer during the renaissance in Bengal.

The Zamindar family, commonly referred to as Rajas have contributed to the spread of education in a commendable way. They also took initiative for female education in and around the Kandi subdivision.

Currently, female education has picked up momentum. There are many educational libraries, sporting clubs in neighbouring villages.


There is a government hospital in the heart of the town and neighbouring people visit for their medical treatment.


The town is proud to be associated with various well known personalities including Ramendra Sundar Trivedi(linguist and educationist and literature) , Bimal Sinha, Jagadish Sinha (politician), Byomkes Chakrabarti (linguist and educationist), Sarat Chandra Pandit (Dada Thakur), Atish Chandra Sinha.


As of 2001 India census,[2] Kandi had a population of 50,345. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Kandi has an average literacy rate of 65%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 70%, and female literacy is 60%. In Kandi, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.

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