Raipur, Birbhum

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Raipur
রায়পুর
village
Raipur is located in West Bengal
Raipur
Raipur
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 23°38′13″N 87°38′49″E / 23.636822°N 87.646872°E / 23.636822; 87.646872Coordinates: 23°38′13″N 87°38′49″E / 23.636822°N 87.646872°E / 23.636822; 87.646872
Country India
State West Bengal
District Birbhum
Population (2001)
 • Total 2,063
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Lok Sabha constituency Bolpur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Bolpur
Website birbhum.gov.in
For other places with the same name see Raipur (disambiguation)

Raipur is a village under Raipur–Supur gram panchayat of Bolpur–Sriniketan block in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum district in the Indian state of West Bengal.[1]

Geography[edit]

Raipur is located at 23°38′13″N 87°38′49″E / 23.636822°N 87.646872°E / 23.636822; 87.646872. The village lies on the road that bypasses the town of bolpur and is near to the BITM[clarification needed].

History[edit]

In 1863, Debendranath Tagore took on permanent lease 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land, with two chhatim trees, at a yearly payment of Rs. 5, from Bhuban Mohan Singha, the zamindar of Raipur. He built a guest house and named it Santiniketan (the abode of peace). Gradually, the whole area came to be known as Santiniketan.[2]

Satyendra Prasanno Sinha, a subsequent zamindar of Raipur, was elevated to the peerage as Baron Sinha, of Raipur, in 1919, becoming the first Indian member of the British House of Lords,

Demographics[edit]

Raipur has an area of 37 ha and a population of 2063, of which 987 belong to scheduled castes and 149 to scheduled tribes.[1]

Tourist Interest[edit]

The ruins of the ancestral house of the zamindar Bhuban Mohan Singha still stands at the end of the viilage. Tourists bound for Bolpur may easily pay a visit to this site. The grandeur and vast expanse of the once stately mansion can still be recognized.

Raipur is also on the banks of River Ajay and visitors may also enjoy the beauty of this grand river.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Census Data District Name: Birbhum(08) Block Name: Bolpur-Sriniketan (0016)" (PDF). Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 2009-04-03. [dead link]
  2. ^ Basak, Tapan Kumar, Rabindranath-Santiniketan-Sriniketan (An Introduction), p. 2, B.B.Publication