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Location of Lakshmipur in Bangladesh
|• Total||1,440.39 km2 (556.14 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
Lakshmipur or Laxmipur District (Bengali: লক্ষ্মীপুর জেলা, Lakshmipur Jela also Lakshmipur Zila) with an area of 1455.96 km², is a district of Bangladesh. It is bordered by Chandpur District to the north, Bhola and Noakhali districts to the south, Noakhali District to the east, and Barisal and Bhola districts to the west.
Lakshmipur district area had been a part of the kingdom of Bhulua at the beginning of the thirteenth century. Lakshmipur is said to have been a military outpost during the Mughal and Company period. From the sixteenth to the nineteenth century this area used to produce huge quantity of salt and exported them outside. It was on the issue of salt production that the Salt Movement occurred in this area. The inhabitants of this district had important role in the indigo resistance movement, Sannyasi uprising, swadeshi movement and Debt Arbitration Movement. During the Swadeshi Movement Mahatma Gandhi travelled through the district and often stayed at Kafilatali Akhra and at Sreerampur Rajbari in Ramganj. The rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam visited Lakshmipur town in June 1926. On this occasion a silver plate and a silver cup were presented to the poet on behalf of the residents of the town. During the war of liberation in 1971 seventeen battles were fought between the freedom fighters and the Pak occupation army.
History of Radhapur
Radhapur is situated on the border of Lakshmipur Sadar Upazila. It lies about 10 Kilometer North East of Upazilla Headquarter and is connected by a metalled road. It is one of the most important village . The village consists of two canal. On the southern side South Canal, on the western side west Canal pass through the village.
Radhapur is blessed with a prestigious Dhakhil Madrasha. Apart from the Hakimia Dhakhil Madrasah it embodies a High school, Two Primary school and multitude of N.G.O. schools, Maktabs and Furqanias along with religious shrine,clubs and public forums of all sorts and above all a grand Jame Mosque.
Radhapur is credited with the highest literacy rate of 80%. It can be bifurcated and portion can be attributed to graduate in terms of Madrasha and College University education with more than 2 PhDs in the same village. Female education in Madrasha is noted for silent distinguished features.
Agriculture plays an important role in the economy of the village. A great number of dwellers maintain there livelihood on service, public or private, at house and abroad,while some business enterprises too,made their head-way,over and above, the agriculture adds a new dimension to the total economy and make it remarkably well, though not well off.
Total area of Radhapur is about 3 square kilometer. The land is considerably fertile. There is a forest encircling about ½ square kilometer. There are a lot of fish projects in the village. Apart from cultivating fish in the tanks, people also produce fishes in the low land encircling it with drum sheet or embankment.
Culture is a co-ordinated phenomenon of knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities bestowed on human beings. the culture of Radhapur is multi-dimensional. this sort of cultural aspect is palpable in the folklore or folk song, sung in a body or connectivity in the nuptial occasions. the royal linguistic songs in the wedding ceremony are distinctive and unprecedented in nature. it upholds the underlying spirit of the cultural minded people of Radhapur.
Radhapur is an enlightened village of exquisite antiquity. Its tradition and culture is the resultant of the diversified attitude of various people migrated from outside. In this prospective, Radhapur can be termed as an exquisite rendezvous of multi-dimensional human attributes.
Radhapur is a village of rich cultural heritage endowed with unprecedented salient features. The people’s profound aptitude for education has paved the way for creating half kilometers enlightened educational zone which includes five formal educational institutions and one informal training centre. Age long pursuit knowledge of Radhanpur ancestors has enriched its culture and tradition added a new dimension to its educational system. That’s why it has occupied a unique position in the map of the country and convert itself into a milestone in the annals of history.
The upazilas under this district are:
The district of Lakshmipur consists 3539 mosques, 45 temples, 1 churches.
Places to see
Tita Khan Jami Mosque, Mita Khan Mosque, Majupur Matka Mosque, Madhu Banu Mosque, Dayem Shah Mosque, Abdullahpur Jami Mosque, Sahapur Neel-kuthi, Sahapur Saheb-bari, Zamindar house at Dalal Bazar, Srigovinda Mahaprabhu Jeu Akhra, Dalal Bazar Math, Khoa-sagor dighi, Oidara Dighi, Kamala Sundari Dighi, Jinn's Mosque at village Kerwa in Raipur, Bara Mosque, Rani Bhabani Kamada Math of Ramgati, Sreerampur Rajbari in Ramganj, Shyampur Dayra Sharif, Kachua Dargah, Harishchar Dargah, Kanchanpur Dargah.
Daily Lakshmipur Kantha (1995), Daily Al-Chist (1995), (weekly) Natun Samaj (Natun Desh, 1972), Samabay Barta (Bangladesh Barta, 1973), Mukti Bani (1928, defunct), Ganamukh (1973, defunct), Elan (1982), Natun Path (1987), Damama (1992), Ananda Akash (1995, defunct), Ramganj Barta (1991), Rojnamcha (defunct), fortnightly Abasar, monthly Renaissance, monthly Jagaran (2000), monthly Dakatia, Quarterly Raipur Darpan (1998); periodicals: Chetana (1969), Prachchhad (1984), Chhayapath, Kabita Barta, Ramgati Darpan, Luxmipur Barta (1989), Ramgati Barta (1998), Agraja (1999), Bichitrita (1994).
- Ferdousi Mazumder
- Sir Amanat Ullah master Rtd Headmaster and Best Teacher 1992, gold madlist Esat banchanagar Govt praimary school, 2 no ward lakshmipur pourashova.
- Jiaull Houqe Ex minister (BNP) Lakshmipur 1.
- Abul khair bhuiyan MP (BNP) Lakshmipur 2.
- Advocate Khairul eanam Ex MP (BNP) Lakshmipur 2.
- Shahid uddin chowdury any MP (BNP) Lakshmipur 3.
- Ashraf uddin nizami MP (BNP) Lakshmipur 4.
- Mohammad Ullah - Ex President of Bangladesh
- Mohammad Toaha- eminent Politician
- Md Abdur Rashid-Ex MP & Member, Bangladesh Constitution Drafting Committee
- A S M Abdur Rob- Student Leader 1971 & Ex Minister.
- Dr. Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury Economist & Ex Minister
- Dr. Abdul Matin Chowdhury Ex VC, DU
- Prof Kabir Chowdhury
- Shaheed Munir Chowdhury
- Zillur Rahim (Boro Mia) (Ex MP 1954)
- A.O.M Shafiq Ullah former Upazilla Chairman and freedom fighter
- A S M Abdur Rob -holding first Bangladeshi flag
- Dr.Muhammad Abdullah (Ex Prof & Chairman Urdu Dept Of DU)Vill ;- Bhanga Khan
- Md, Atikur Rahman ( Ex Government official, social worker & Founder Member Of Laxmipur Samity)Vill:-Dhulai Kandhi
- Md. Shajahan (2012). "Lakshmipur District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
- DC Office, Lakshmipur