Kishoreganj District

Coordinates: 24°26′N 90°47′E / 24.433°N 90.783°E / 24.433; 90.783
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Clockwise from top-left: Mosque at Jangalbari Fort, Syed Nazrul Islam bridge, Aurangzeb Masjid, Nikli Haor, Chandrabati Temple
Location of Kishoreganj in Bangladesh
Location of Kishoreganj in Bangladesh
Expandable map of Kishoreganj District
Coordinates: 24°26′N 90°47′E / 24.433°N 90.783°E / 24.433; 90.783
Country Bangladesh
 • Deputy CommissionerMd. Sarwar Morshed Chowdhury
 • District Council ChairmanMd. Abdul Hameed
 • Chief Executive OfficerMuhammad Abdullah
 • Total2,688.83 km2 (1,038.16 sq mi)
 • Total3,267,626
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Kishoreganji, Kishoregonji
Time zoneUTC+06:00 (BST)
Postal code
HDI (2018)0.562[2]
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Kishoreganj (Bengali: কিশোরগঞ্জ) is a district in Dhaka Division, Bangladesh. Earlier it was a Mohkuma (মহকুমা) under the Mymensingh district. 2495.07 sq. km of land was taken from Mymensingh district to form Kishoreganj District. Kishorganj consists of eight municipalities, 13 upazilas, 105 union parishads, 39 wards, 145 mahallas, 946 mouzas and 1775 villages.


Narasunda River Lake View Of Kishoreganj City
Provincial Map of Bengal showing Greater Mymensingh Area (present Division with Tangail and Kishoreganj) in 1917
  • Deputy Commissioner: Md Sarwar Murshed Chowdhury
  • Additional Deputy Commissioner (Overall): Tarfdar Md. Aktar Jamil
  • Additional Deputy Commissioner (Tax): Dulal Chandra Sutradhar
  • Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education and Information and Communication Technology): Golam Mohammad Bhuiyan
  • Additional District Magistrate: Alamgeer Hosain


No. Upazila Capital Pourasava Union Mouza Mahalla Village
1 Kuliarchar Upazila Kuliarchar 1 6 46 37 97
2 Hossainpur Upazila Hossainpur 1 6 73 16 90
3 Pakundia Upazila Pakundia 1 9 97 25 149
4 Kishoreganj Sadar Upazila Kishoreganj 1 11 107 84 219
5 Bajitpur Upazila Bajitpur 1 11 92 28 195
6 Austagram Upazila Austagram 0 8 59 0 72
7 Karimganj Upazila Karimganj 1 11 85 17 185
8 Katiadi Upazila Katiadi 1 9 95 20 160
9 Tarail Upazila Tarail 0 7 76 0 105
10 Itna Upazila Itna 0 9 86 0 116
11 Nikli Upazila Nikli 0 7 43 0 132
12 Mithamain Upazila Mithamain 0 7 59 0 137
13 Bhairab Upazila Bhairab 1 7 32 29 88


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1974 1,576,504—    
1981 1,895,153+2.66%
1991 2,306,079+1.98%
2001 2,594,954+1.19%
2011 2,911,907+1.16%
2022 3,267,626+1.05%

According to the 2022 Census of Bangladesh, Kishoreganj District had 760,952 households and a population of 3,267,626. 520,051 (22.14%) were under 10 years of age. The population density was 1215 people per km2. Kishoreganj district had a literacy rate (age 7 and over) of 67.60%, compared to the national average of 74.80%, and a sex ratio of 1077 females per 1000 males. 27.41% of the population lived in urban areas.[1]


Religions in Kishoreganj District (2022)[1]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated
Religion in present-day Kishoreganj district[a]
Religion Population (1941)[4]: 98–99  Percentage (1941) Population (2022)[1] Percentage (2022)
Islam 886,528 77.74% 3,108,278 95.12%
Hinduism 253,781 22.25% 158,776 4.86%
Others [b] 136 0.01% 572 0.02%
Total Population 1,140,445 100% 3,267,626 100%

Kishoreganj contains 3,980 mosques, 530 temples and seven churches. The overwhelming majority of its residents are Muslim.


Al Jamiatul Imdadiya, Kishoreganj
Govt. Gurudayal College entrance



  • The Daily Shatabdir Kantho
  • Daily Ajker Desh
  • Daily Amar Bangladesh
  • Grihakon
  • Bhatir Darpan
  • Pratahik Chitra

Online dailies[edit]


  • Aryagaurava (1904)
  • Kishoreganj Bartabaha (1924)
  • Akhter (Urdu, 1926)
  • Kishoreganj Barta (1946)
  • Prativa (1952)
  • Natun Patra (1962)


  • Narasunda (1981)
  • Grambangla (1985)
  • Sristi (1986)
  • Sakal (1988)
  • Suchana (1990)
  • Kishoreganj Parikrama (1991)
  • Manihar (1991)
  • Kishoreganj Prabaha (1993)
  • Bibarani (Kuliarchar 1993)

Places of interest[edit]

Kishoreganj District is a place of Islam and Hinduism. The Meghna and Brahmaputra rivers have contributed to its development. Many traditional events are observed every year, including Kurikhai Mela, a celebrated shrine-oriented festival held every year on the last Monday of the month of Magh at the shrine in Katiadi thana. The notable Shamsuddin Aulia, one of the figures of Hajrat Shahjalal, died there.

Jangalbari Fort[edit]

Jangalbari Fort is in the Jangalbari village of Karimganj Upazila.[5] It was once a strong outpost of the Bengal Ruler Isa Khan, who erected several structures inside the fort area. It was severely damaged by the great earthquake in 1897. Isa Khan's descendants still live in the village, and currently Isa Khan's 14th descendant, Dewan Amin Dau Khan, lives in the fort.[6]


Egarosindur (Bengali: এগারসিন্ধুর) is a village in Kishoreganj. The village is situated on the east side of the river Brahmaputra. The name of this village is found in the Akbornama by the historian Abul Fazal. There is a debate among historians about the history of Egarosindur. Some engraved silver coins, iron-axes, lances and bows and arrows were discovered there presumed to be from the 10th century BC. Historians also believe that Egarosindur was inhabited since 1000 BC, i.e. the time of the Murza. There lived many tribals named Koch and Hajong. Egarosindur was a centre of trade and commerce.


In 380 AD Egarosindur was under the reign of Dobak state. After that this region was reigned by the King of Kamarupa. Another historical analyses prove that in the 8th century Egarosindur was an important river port where Muslim traders exported and imported their product with Rome and Paris. In the 10th century Egarosindur was under the control of Azhaba, a king of Hazradi. Azbaha triumph over this land by defeated King Botong. But after some years Azbaha was beaten by Bebuid Raza and Bebuid Raza was the first popular king of this land. In his time, Egarosindur was reborn again. He built spectacular palaces, forts, big canals, temples etc.

In the second part of the 10th century King Srishochandra controlled this land. After that this area might be governed by Shen king and then it is included with the land of Kamarupa. In the beginning of 14th century the king of Goura, Firoz Shah succeed to win Egarosindur. In 1338 Sultan Fakruddin Mubarak Shah take the authorization of this ancient land. It was seemed that when Sultan was in a critical position, he took shelter in Egarosindur. In 1577 Isa Khan declared Egarosindur a sovereign state. In his age this place appeared as a remarkable place of trade and commerce. In the fort of Egarosindur there held a massive battle between Isa Khan and Mansingh, the general of Akbar. But in the battlefield Mansingh was greatly impressed by the boldness and hospitality of Isa Khan. In one stage when they carried out a duel, Mansingh's sword broke down. Isa Khan did not take his life and most surprisingly he offered his own sword to Mansingh. He said, "I could not kill any helpless person". And then they made an agreement in the battlefield. Akbar granted Isa Khan a jaigir lease over 22 parganas. After Isa Khan, Egarosindur as a distinct entity was again lost to history. In the reign of Shahjahan in 1638, the king of Assam attacked Egarosindur. Though he was not competent to defeat the warrior of Shahjahan, he destroyed this land ruthlessly when he fled from the battlefield.

Shah Mahmud Mosque[edit]

It is an attractive building at Egarosindur may be dated sometime around 1680AD. The mosque stands at the back of a slightly raised platform, which is enclosed by a low wall with a gateway consists of an oblong structure with do-chala roof. The mosque proper is a square structure, 5.79m a side in the inside, and is emphasized with octagonal towers on the four exteriors angles. All these towers shooting high above the roof and terminating in solid kiosks with cupolas, were originally crowned with kalasa finials, still intact in the southern one. The western wall accommodates inside three mihrab –the central one semi –octagonal and the side ones rectangular. The central doorway and central mihrab are larger than their flanking counterparts. The mosque has four axially projected frontones, each corresponding to the centrally located doorways and the central mihrab. The parapets and cornices are horizontal in the usual Mughal fashion.

All the mihrabs are enriched with terracotta decoration. The mihrabs are arched having cuspings in their outer faces. The pilasters, supporting the mihrab arches, show a series of decorated bands topped by a frieze of petals. The spandrels of these arches, though now plain must have been originally enriched with terracotta plaques. Above the rectangular frame of the central mihrab there is a row of arched-niches filled with varieties of small trees containing flowers. The mosque should specially be noted for its four axially projected frontons with bordering ornamental turrets, a device which must have been borrowed from the four axial iwan-type gateways of the Persian influenced north Indian Mughal standard mosques of Fathpur, Agra and Delhi.

Sadi Mosque[edit]

Another structure of Egarosindur, is one of the best-conserved monuments in the country. A pertain inscription tablet, fixed over the central mihrab, record that the mosque was built in 1062 AH (1652 AD) by one Sadi, son of Shaikh Shiroo, during the reign of Shahjahan.

Measuring 25 ft a side, the single-domed square mosque was built on a raised piece of land. There are three arched entrances in the east, and one each in the middle of the north and the south sides. The central archway, which is larger, is set within a slightly projected rectangular frame, but the flanking archways are contained within slightly recessed rectangle. The qibla wall is recessed with three semi-octagonal mihrabs, which correspond to the three eastern doorways. The mosque represents a happy blending of Mughal elements with the Sultanate architectural traits characteristic of Bengal.

Fort of Isha Khan[edit]

The remains of the fort are still visible near the site of the Sadi mosque. In this fort Isha Khan fought against Man Singh, the general of Akbar. Recently some valuable antiques have been found in this place, which attest to the important history of this place.

Mazar (graveyard) Sharif[edit]

In Egarosindur, many pious and kind religious leaders came here for inviting people into the light of Islam. Some of them named- Borapirer Mazar (Shah Moize uddin Shah Mannunun of Sholakia Shaheb barii, Samsuddin Bokhari, Fakir Garibullah Shah, Syed Ahmed Rumi, Nigrin shah and so on. Their mazars are situated in this village. The Mazar of Garibullah shah is in a hill like higher position. People treat their Mazar with great respect. But it is a matter of great pleasure that there are no superstitions and fanatic activities because the villagers are very much conscious about this matter.

Samsuddin Bokhari[edit]

The Mazar of Samsuddin Bokhari is situated at Kurikhai, Katiadi, Kishoreganj. It is a historical place of kishoreganj district. Samsuddin Bokhari was a tour companion of Shahjalal. They came together. Samsuddin Bokhari Mazar's also known as Kurikhai Mazar. The fair is held here every year to mark the death anniversary of Shamsuddin Bokhari. The fair is according to the Bengali calendar. The fair started from the second last Monday of the Magh month of Bangla year, and it continues till the following Monday (last Monday of the month).

Botanical Garden located by the bank of the river Meghna.

Fairy tales[edit]

As it is an ancient place, there are many fairy tales which have become popular in this village. There are tales about the big pond of Bebuid Raza and his wife, two canon of Isa Khan and so on.

Poet Chandravati Shiv Mandir

The Chandravati Shiv Mondir (Temple) built at Katcharipara about 8 kilometres off Kishoreganj town by Deeja Bongshi Das during the later part of 16th century is still adorned with its artistic structural workmanship which attracts the tourists of different areas.


  • Old Brahmaputra
  • Meghna
  • Kalni
  • Dhanu
  • Ghorautra
  • Baurii
  • Narasunda
  • Piyain
  • Singuya

Main depressions

  • Humaipur (Bajitpur)
  • Somai (Nikli)
  • Barir (Mithamain)
  • Surma Baula (Nikli)
  • Tallar Haors (Nikli-Bajitpur-Austagram).

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kishoreganj subdivision of Mymensingh district
  2. ^ Including Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Ad-Dharmis, or not stated


  1. ^ a b c d e Population and Housing Census 2022 National Report (PDF). Vol. 1. Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. November 2023.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Bangladesh Population and Housing Census 2011 Zila Report – Kishoreganj" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
  4. ^ "Census of India, 1941 Volume VI Bengal Province" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Jangalbari Fort". Banglapedia.
  6. ^ Khodeja Sultana Lopa on The Rich Tradition of Kishoreganj
  7. ^ "Olympians Who Played First-Class Cricket". Olympedia. Archived from the original on 2 August 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2020.

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