Bangshi River

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Bangshi River
BD Bangshi River.jpg
Bangshi River near Savar
Country Bangladesh
Region Dhaka Division
City Savar
Source Brahmaputra
Length 238 km (148 mi)

Bangshi River (also spelt Bansi) (Bengali: বংশী নদী) is an important river in central Bangladesh. It originates in Jamalpur, from the course of the old Brahmaputra and flows past the Madhupur tract. It flows through Tangail and meets the Tongi in Ghazipur.[1] It passes near Jatiyo Smriti Soudho in Savar and falls into the Dhaleshwari. About 238 kilometres (148 mi) long, it is not navigable for most of the year except when swelled by the rains of the monsoon.[2]

Louhajang is a tributary of the Bangshi[1]

The river's average depth is 30 feet (9 m) and maximum depth is 80 feet (24 m).

Dhamrai on the banks of the Bangshi is still famous for its muslin weaving.[3]

Turag-Bangshi River basin[edit]

A report on wetland protection and enhancement says, “The Turag-Bangshi floodplain is located in Kaliakair Upazila of Gazipur District. Upstream the basin is connected via the Dhaleswari-Pungli River to the greater Jamuna floodplain, and downstream it is connected through the Tongi River with the Buriganga-Meghna River system. The Upper Turag-Lower Bangshi is the main source of water in the region and flows through the site. All associated beels and other floodplain areas are connected to the main river through a series of khals and other channels. This is a deeply flooded area in the low-red soil plateau of Madhupur tract. The floodplain is inundated when water flows over the banks of the Turag-Bangshi river making all the low areas become a connected sheet of water in the monsoon. By late November, most of the water recedes and boro rice is planted in almost all of the low-lying areas. During the rainy season the water area is about 43 km² while in the dry season the water area becomes less than 7 km². About 2,68,900 people live in this area with 84% of households being involved in fishing, and 15 % of households are full time fishers.”[4]

A bazar nayar hat situated at bank while the famous pottery village pal para is also situated on south side of Bangshi.


  1. ^ a b Description of flow as per map Rivers of Bangladesh produced by Graphosman, 55/1 Purana Paltan, Dhaka 1000.
  2. ^ Chowdhury, Masud Hasan (2012). "Bangshi River". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  3. ^ Karim, Abdul (2012). "Muslin". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  4. ^ Md Liaqat Ali and Paul Thompson. "Wetland Protection and Enhancement through Sanctuaries in Bangladesh: Management of Aquatic Ecosystems through Community Husbandry" (PDF). MACH Technical Paper 4. Winrock International, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, Centre for Natural Resource Studies, Caritas, Bangladesh. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 

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Coordinates: 24°20′55″N 90°04′06″E / 24.3485°N 90.0684°E / 24.3485; 90.0684