Rajbalhat

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Rajbalhat
রাজবলহাট
Village
Rajbalhat is located in West Bengal
Rajbalhat
Rajbalhat
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 22°46′N 88°02′E / 22.76°N 88.04°E / 22.76; 88.04Coordinates: 22°46′N 88°02′E / 22.76°N 88.04°E / 22.76; 88.04
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Hooghly
Elevation 14 m (46 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 4,984
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 712408
Telephone code 91 3212

Rajbalhat is a village in Jangipara community development block of Srirampore subdivision in Hooghly District in the Indian state of West Bengal..

History[edit]

Tradition has it that Rajbalhat was once the capital of the Bhursut kingdom. It is said that the last fisherman king of Sanibhangar was defeated by one Chaturanand Naigai, who originally carved Bhursut kingdom out.

Krishna Roy, the son of a daughter of Chaturanand became the first Raja of Bhursut. This event took place near about 1583-84 AD. The family of Krishna Roy belonged to Phulia village.

His great grandson Pratap Narayan, a very charitable ruler, was king from 1652 to 1684 AD. He was given the tile of Raja and was known as such in the court of Emperors Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb. His son was Shiv Narayan, who was succeeded by his only son Naranarayan. Either during the lifetime of Naranarayan or immediately after his death Kirtichand, the king of Bardhaman, forcibly occupied Bhursut pargana near about 1719 AD.[1]

Geography[edit]

Rajbalhat is located at 22°46′N 88°02′E / 22.76°N 88.04°E / 22.76; 88.04

Villages in Rajbalhat panchayat are as follows: Rajbalhat, Shib Chak, Morhal, Mukundapur, Kuliara, Jhanda, Binodbati, Chaiman Chak, GULTIA, Dakshin Gultia, Tripan, Nabagram, Jabni, and Rahimpur.[2]

Demographics[edit]

Rajbalhat had a population of 4,984 out of which 2,924 belonged to scheduled castes and 51 belonged to scheduled tribes.[2]

Economics[edit]

Rajbalhat is famous for handloom saris.[3][4]

Education[edit]

Rajbalhat High School teaches up to the higher secondary level.[5]

Culture[edit]

The garh (fort) of Bhursut Raj at Rajbalhat covers about seven bighas of land and 500 bighas of land had been made a debottar property for the maintenance of the temple of Rajballavi Thakurani at Rajbalhat. There are no signs of the king's garh or palace now.[1] Rajballavi temple is 500 years old.[3] Radhakantajiu temple built in the 18th century is worth visiting.[6]

Durga is worshipped in Jangipara and Rajbalhat as Rajballavi. She is a mixed form of Durga, Kali and Saraswati.[7]

Amulya Pratnashala, a craft museum in Rajbalhat, is open from 2–9 pm. It is closed on Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Dulal Chandra Bhar, the father of the famous "Palm Candy" of Bengal lived in Rajbalhat.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Temples in Hooghly". hindubooks.org. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b "Census Data District Name: Hugli(12) Block Name: Jangipara (0016)". West Bengal Govt. Retrieved 2009-02-04. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Next weekend you can be at ... Antpur". The Telegraph, 24 July 2005. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  4. ^ "West Bengal Tourism". Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  5. ^ "West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education". Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  6. ^ "Rajbalhat". india9.com. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Amar Pujo". Retrieved 2009-02-03. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Craft Revival Trust". Retrieved 2009-02-05. 

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