- For the settlement in Bangladesh, see Baharampur, Bangladesh.
Berhampore, Kamal chak
Kathgola in Baharampur
|Elevation||18 m (59 ft)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|PIN||742101, 742102, 742103|
|Vehicle registration||WB57, WB58|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Murshidabad|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Murshidabd|
Baharampur (Pronounced asˌbɑ:(h)ərəmˌpʊə) is a city in the state of West Bengal, India. It is the fifth largest city in West Bengal (after Kolkata, Asansol, Durgapur and howrah) and is situated in the central part of West Bengal. As per 2011, besides Burdwan, Jalpaiguri, Malda, Krishnanagar and Chinsurah, Baharampur has also been nominated to become a municipal corporation. In earlier days it was known as Brahmapur because many of the Brahmin families settled here. Baharampur is the administrative headquarters of the Murshidabad district. It is located about 200 km (124 mi) from Kolkata, the state capital.
Berhampore was fortified in 1757 by the East India Company, after the Battle of Plassey in June 1757, and it continued as a cantonment until 1870. But the foundation of the city of Berhampore remains questionable.[clarification needed]
Karnasubarna, which is very near to Berhampore, has a history dating back to 600 AD. Many buildings from the late 1600s can still be seen. The cantonment was constituted as a municipality in 1876 and was the headquarters of Murshidabad district. The Berhampore College was founded in 1853 and in 1888 made over to a local committee, mainly supported by Rani Swarnamayi.
On 25 February 1857, the first major armed battle of the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 took place in Barrack Square, Baharampur, while Berhampore was ruled by Raja Krishnath and his ancestors. In 1901, Baharampur had a population of 24,397, and included the ancient town of Kasim Bazar. The place which is considered as a legitimate arena of all procedural events and circumstances that has been profoundly well described. Both Cossim Bazar and Lalbagh boar testimony to a blood-spattered yet majestic epoch in Indian history.
A very much impacted area of Berhampore are those places in the banks of the stream Bhagirathi river giving a receding process of downgrade and evolution of the abscess marketing and thus leading to one of the well victimized estate of remarkable famine conditions prevailed in 1971. This area was and still is a splendid producer of jute and it defines how the cultivation of the land is in this region. In those days sons learnt from their fathers that the fields near the stream of the Ganges are the most fertile land, so this was described by the British as "The Golden Bengal".
Down the time after the East India Company, there happens to be a lot of disruption in the Law and Order of the place. It is not balanced properly, it may be due to the unprecedented activities and thus making a black mark on the soil, which once used to be called as the capital of the country. Yes it the obvious reason Murshidabad was considered to be called the capital, then it was directed to Calcutta (now Kolkata) be the capital and thus finally it was accepted as Delhi.
One of the most enthralling and sedimentary arena is the SQUARE field, nearby this square field is the Collectors office, SDO office. The renowned Government College of Engineering & Textile Technology beside the arena provides an appealing yard. The SQUARE field is a life line for most of the persons aspiring their career in Indian Armed forces. Every year hundreds of young do take part in the recruitment process. Some find themselves fit into the box and some are left with other options waiting for them. This field is always crowded with lots of people such as youth practicing sports and many other cultural activities does take place here. This place is spiritually poured with lots of love and feelings of persons, most of the retired personnel comes back to this arena where they once toiled their days to get in the rank to serve the GREAT NATION INDIA.
Baharampur is located at  It has an average elevation of 18 metres (59 feet)..
In the 2011 census, Baharampur Urban Agglomeration had a population of 305,609, out of which 156,489 were males and 149,120 were females. The 0–6 years population was 23,182. Effective literacy rate for the 7+ population was 88.38.
As of 2001[update] Indian census, Baharampur had a population of 160,168. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Baharampur has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 53% of the males and 47% of females literate. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Initially, most of the residents of this city were government employees and there were few agricultural as well as silk traders. Gradually, the importance of the city increased due to its geographic location and now it is also a business hub. Due to its historical importance, this city also earns a good number of tourists, thus making tourism another happening industry there.
Khagras major industries include agricultural related industries like rice and oil-seed milling etc. Home-crafts like silk weaving, ivory carving, and precious metal working is another important industry in this city. Khagra, a neighbourhood in Bahrampur is renowned for its manufacture of bell-metal and brass utensils, as well as ivory, and wood carving. A famous type of metal used to make bells called "Khagrai Kansha" is made in the city. This is a type of brass that is used to make utensils like dishes & bowls.
The city has many big shops which now have become the prime shopping destinations. EXPRESS BAZAAR, situated at the Mohana Bus Stand- the prime junction of the city is one of them. Style Baazar, Manmohini, Sunita, Metro Bazar are some famous shops at Khagra- another prime market area of the city.
Baharampur is famous for the sweet 'Chhana-bora', the savoury 'Khaja', sweet 'Manohara' and also very famous for Murshidabad Silk (Tassar). Baharampur is also famous for the sweet named "rasogolla" and for the "gur". The sweets are mostly prepared from the raw milk which is collected from the nearby villages. Some of the popular confectioneries are always remembered to be 'KALIKA BHANDAR' near sonapatti,Khagra. KALIKA which is being used in most of the Sweet shops, Goldsmiths shops and many other small scale industries. The name KALIKA is the Goddess 'Kali', which does cause an impact of resonance to mankind feelings. It refreshes the thoughts and does purify the air around the despair environment.
Arts and Education
Having patronage from the nawabs, artists from various field of arts sowed the seed of cultural heritage in this place. The calm lifestyle of this city still evokes a rich cultural environment. Almost all well-to-do parents send their kids to at least one school of art. Among them, dancing, acting, painting, music etc. are the most popular. Several elegant pieces of hand-craft arts can also be found in this region, namely the handcraft in making of carpet, bamboo and jute crafts, miniature paintings.
Cinema Halls and Auditoriums
- Silver Screen (2 screen Auditorium full A/C 3D enable )
- Mohon Cinema Hall
- Ritwik Sadan
- Rabindarasadan (A/C)
Among the government aided schools, Krishnath College School ( West Bengal Board, Estd. 1853 AD), Iswar Chandra Institution (Estd. 1916 AD), Berhampore Jagannath Academy(also known as J.N.Academy ), Maharani Kaseswari Girls High School ( West Bengal Board), Gurudas Tarasundari institution(earlier London Missionary School), Manindra Chandra Vidyapith(earlier Hardinge School), Shilpa Mandir, Kendriya Vidyalay (CBSE), Lipika Memorial Girls' High School, Mahakali Pathshala, Manindra Nagar High School (Cossimbazar) are the most prominent. There are numerous private schools, Prabha Rani Public School, Holy Garden Model School, Gitaram Academy (ICSE and WBBHSE), Don Bosco, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, LMET/TEFL International School (CBSE, ICSE and ISC) http://www.lmetindia.in/, Mary Immaculate School (ICSE and ISC) are notable.
- Krishnath College
- Berhampore College
- Berhampore Girls' College
- Murshidabad College of Engineering & Technology
- Government College of Engineering & Textile Technology, Berhampore
- Murshidabad Medical College
- Murshidabad Institute of Technology
- Union Christian Training College (B. Ed.)
Central Sericulture Research and Training Institute, administrated by Central Silk board, Govt. of India is a notable research institute in the city.
Rail - Berhampore Court Station (BPC), Cossimbazar Station (CSZ) and Murshidabad Station (MBB) stands on the Sealdah-Lalgola line of the eastern railway. 13103/13104 Sealdah- Lalgola Bhagirathi Express, 13113/13114 Hazarduari Express,Lalgola Fast Passenger, and a few Lalgola Passenger are the trains that run daily. KOlkata-Lalgola tri weekly Express (Dhanadhanye Express) is also an express train that takes the Sealdah-Lalgola route. Khagraghat (KGLE) is another station that is connected to Howrah through Barharwa-Azimganj-Katwa Loop Line. Teesta-torsha Express, Kamrup Express,Intercity express and passenger trains, express takes this route. If one wish to come to Berhampore from north of West Bengal it is best to take the Khagraghat station as destination.
Road - as Baharampur is the administrative headquarters of the Murshidabad district and as it stands just in the center position of West Bengal, it acts as the link between North Bengal and South Bengal. This city is well connected by National Highway 34. There are bus services on regular basis from South Bengal to North Bengal and Vice-versa and there is a Bus Terminus called 'Mohona'. All buses that start from Kolkata to North Bengal halt at Berhampore. Buses from most of the major cities and towns like Kolkata, New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri, Suri, Durgapur, Asansol, Dhubri, Bhutan, Malda for Berhampore is easily available.
Water - as Berhampore is city just beside the river Bhagirathi, one can also avail water transport. Launchboat from Kolkata to Berhampore and Hazarduari is available. Berhampore north to Berhampore south is connected via launchboats. Regular boat transport is also available from Berhampore to other towns of Murshidabad such as Azimganj and Jiaganj.
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Baharampur is a famous place for tourists in West Bengal. It gets tourists' flow from locals as well as from foreigners, being the first headquarters of the East India Company and having a long history enriched by the Nawabs of Bengal, Sultans of Bengal, Zamindar and other European colonial forces such as Dutch, Portuguese, English (British Raj) and French.
Some notable tourist destinations in and around Baharampur are:
- Hazarduari Palace
- Nizamat Imambara
- Katra Masjid
- Barrack Square
- Old British Barracks
- British Administrative Houses of Berhampore
- Central Jail
- Krishnath College
- British Town Hall
- Saidabad Palace
- Old Cossimbazar Palace
- New Cossimbazar Palace
- Nashipur Palace
- Home of Jagat Seth
- Jafarganj Cemetery
- Kathgola Palace
- Fauti Masjid -
- Namak Haram Deorhi
- Pataleshwar Temple of Cossimbazar
- Residency Cemetery of Babulbona
- Dutch graveyard of Cossimbazar
- Old English Graveyard of Cossimbazar
- Char Bangla Temples of Queen of Natore
- Bhavaniswar temple
- Jagat Bandhu Dham
- Ancient Remains of Kingdom of Sasanka at Karnasubarna
- Kiriteshwari Temple
- Cemetery of Burmese King Thibo
- Laldighi Park
- Motijhil Park
The city of Berhampore also shares its name with Berhampore at Wellington, New Zealand. The daughter of Major Paul married local land owner George Hunter. Major Paul was an Indian army officer. George Hunter to show respect to his father in law gave Berhampore the name of the suburb. The old house of the "De" family (relatives of the Cossimbazar Raj) at Churamani Chowdhury Lane is also one of the oldest buildings in Berhampore and was at one point of time the property of the Cossimbazar Raj.
Notable people from Berhampore
- Mahasweta Devi (born 1926), daughter of poet Manish Ghatak, writes short stories and novels.
- Moniruddin Khan, Writer, Historian
- Ramendra Sundar Tribedi, Writer
- Rakhaldas Bandyopadhyay, Historian
- Tridib Chaudhuri, Politician
- Micaiah John Muller Hill, British Mathematician.
- Sir George Francis Hill, Director and Principal Librarian of the British Museum (1931–1936).
- Nabarun Bhattacharya, Writer
- Mir Afsar Ali, Radio Jockey, Television Anchor, News Anchor, Singer, Comedian & Actor
- Arijit Singh, Playback Singer & Music programmer
- Shreya Ghoshal, Singer
- Manju Dey, Notable Actress and Director of '50s & '60s
- SatyaRanjan Ghosh, (1922-1995), Freedom Fighter, Social Activist, Politician.
- Sudip Roy, (Born 1960), Artist.
- Dr. Rejaul Karim, Former President, West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, Freedom Fighter
- Dr. Binay Kumar Sarkar, General Physician & Social Worker. Popularly known as Rs.One Doctor and GOD of the Poor. He has died on 3 July 2015 morning.
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