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|— City —|
|Elevation||14 m (46 ft)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Krishnanagar|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Krishnanagr Uttar|
It was the residence of Raja Krishnachandra, a great patron of art and culture. Krishnagar municipality was established in 1864.2.samrat sarkar house.
Krishnagar is an important centre for culture and literature. It boasts literary figures like Bharat Chandra, Dwijendralal Ray and Narayan Sanyal among others. There is a vibrant culture of literary exchange among small groups of writers and poets, and there is a strong tradition of stage acting.
In a locality of Krishnagar called Ghurni, there is a colony of artists who work with clay. These artists produce images of Hindu gods and goddesses for traditional worship throughout the year, as well as clay models of human figures and real life objects. Open studios and shops of the artists comprise an important attraction for tourists. It is said that initially it was Raja Krishnachandra who settled a few families of talented clay artists in the area. Since then the colony has grown and flourished. Some of the artists have recently worked with other media as well.
- Rajbari: (Royal Palace) with a beautiful Durga temple in the courtyard. Every year, the famous Jhulan Mela is celebrated around the Rajbari in the July/August months and Baro Dol (as it is held 12 days after Dol Purnima) in March/April.
- Roman Catholic Church: The church is famous for its architectural and sculptural splendour. There are 27 oil paintings describing the life of Jesus Christ. Of special mention are the wooden sculptures by Italian artists.
Others include the College Bhavan (1846), the Public Library (1856), Krishnagar Collegiate School (the former house of barrister Monomohun Ghose), Krishnagar High School, Krishnanagar Govt Girls High School, Krishnanagar A V School, Krishnanagar C M S School, Anandamoyi Tola Kali Bari, the Krishnanagar Academy and the Protestant Church.
Company Bagan is a horticultural garden run by the state government.
Krishnanagar is an agricultural distribution centre. The economy is primarily based on small- to medium-scale agro-industries and trade.
The surrounding region produces rice, jute, ceramics, mangoes, cattle, poultry and fish. There is unrealized demand for building large food storage, refrigeration and processing plants. Live cattle are smuggled across the nearby border to Bangladesh. There are a few sugar mills. Many expertised gems are to be found in this heritage city.
Halwaikars or moyras (who prepare sweets) of Krishnagar are famous. While they produce all varieties of sweets, there are some which bear the hallmark of the city. 'Sarbhaja' and 'Sarpuria' are inventions that mark the talent of Krishnagar's halwaikars. The shop of "Adhar Chandra Das" is famous for the above-mentioned sweet variants.
Despite the economic boom in India in the 21st century, so far there have been no major industrial investment proposals for the town.
Krishnanagar is 100 km north of Kolkata. Being the district headquarter, residents of Krishnanagar enjoy some unique facilities when transport is considered: wide roads, intra-city connectivity by auto-rickshaw, cycle and town service bus. Express buses are available for places like Kolkata, Malda, Siliguri, etc.
It is on NH 34. Krishnagar is connected with Nabadwip through Krishnagar Route no 8. There are buses like Kaseshowri, Ma Laxmi, Bubu, Tarama, Camelian, Sharica, Ma Manasha, Biswarup, Nandini, Buraraj, Shartaci, Ma Durga in this route. Krishnagar connected with the Karimpur as well as Palashi para, Majdia. One can drive from Krishnagar station to reach Nabadwip Ghat.
Krishnanagar is a junction on the broad gauge Lalgola branch line of Eastern Railway. Local EMU trains are the most convenient option to reach Kolkata. Lalgola passengers stop at the station for a brief time. A narrow gauge rail line used to pass through Krishnagar but was recently closed for conversion to broad gauge. This narrow gauge line connects the two cities of Santipur and Nabadwip Ghat. Gauge conversion work is completed between Santipur and Krishnagar and it is open for train service. Broad gauge train service between this two cities Santipur and Krishnagar have started.
As of the[update] 2001 census, Krishnanagar town had a population of 13,041 in 2,635 households. It is at the centre of a much bigger urban agglomeration which as of the[update] 2011 census, had a population of 181,182. The urban agglomeration had a sex ratio of 978 females per 1,000 males and 7.5% of the population were under six years old. Effective literacy was 88.09%; male literacy was 90.84% and female literacy was 85.29%.
The city is very rich in education. Krishnagar Collegiate School, Krishnanagar High School, Shaktinagar High School, Krishnagar Debnath High School, Holy Family and Government Girls are some of the few Bengali medium schools situated here, affiliated to the West Bengal Board for Secondary Education. Kabi Vijoylal H.S. Institute is a very famous institution for the higher secondary education.
The only English medium schools in the city are Bishop Morrow School (formerly known as Mary Immaculate School) and Krishnagar Academy. Both are affiliated to the Indian Council for Secondary Examination (ICSE), Delhi board. Besides there are many colleges namely Krishnagar Government College, Dwijendralal College, etc.
Krishnagar Government College, Dwijendralal College, and Krishnagar Women's College are the colleges of higher education in Krishnagar. There are two engineering colleges: B.P.C. Institute of Technology (polytechnic college) and Global Institute of Management & Technology (B.Tech. college).
The area of the municipality is around 16 km2 and is divided into 24 wards with 24 councilors. The Indian National Congress (INC) took 14 seats to win Krishnagar municipality in the 2008 elections under the chairmanship of Sri Asim Saha. Trinamool Congress won eight seats and the West Bengal Socialist Party, two seats.
See also 
- "View Population". Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
- "Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011; Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above" (pdf). Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. p. 6. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Krishnanagar
- "Mangoes to be costlier this summer". Fresh Plaza. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-28.
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