Palashi

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Palashi
Plassey
town
Palashi is located in West Bengal
Palashi
Palashi
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°48′N 88°15′E / 23.80°N 88.25°E / 23.80; 88.25Coordinates: 23°48′N 88°15′E / 23.80°N 88.25°E / 23.80; 88.25
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Nadia
Elevation 17 m (56 ft)
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 741156
Telephone code 91 3474

Palashi (Bengali: পলাশী Pôlashi, also known as Plassey) is a village on the Bhagirathi river, located approximately 50 kilometres north of the city of Krishnanagar in the Nadia District of West Bengal, India. The nearest major town is Beldanga. It has its own local gram panchayat. It is particularly well known due to the battle fought there in 1757.

Etymology[edit]

The name Palashi is derived from the red flower Butea sp. - either Butea frondosa or Butea monosperma. In Bengali that is পলাশ Pôlash; the name Plassey is from a western Indic form like Hindi or Urdu palāśi, pronounced [pəˈlaːsi].

History[edit]

Main article: Battle of Plassey

Palashi achieved historical significance when, on 23 June 1757, the Battle of Plassey was fought between the forces of Siraj Ud Daulah, the last Nawab of Bengal (and his French support troops) and the troops of the British East India Company, led by Robert Clive. This event, part of the Seven Years' War, ultimately led to the establishment of British rule in Bengal, and eventually, the whole Indian subcontinent. During British rule Plassey became part of Nadia District of Bengal.[1]

Geography[edit]

Palashi is located at 23°48′N 88°15′E / 23.80°N 88.25°E / 23.80; 88.25.[2] It has an average elevation of 17 m (56 ft).

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