Mogra

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Mogra
মগরা
gram panchayat
Mogra is located in West Bengal
Mogra
Mogra
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 22°58′45″N 88°22′29″E / 22.97925°N 88.374769°E / 22.97925; 88.374769Coordinates: 22°58′45″N 88°22′29″E / 22.97925°N 88.374769°E / 22.97925; 88.374769
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Hooghly
Elevation 12 m (39 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 112,267
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Mogra (also spelt Magra or Mugra) is a gram panchayat, police station and headquarters of Chinsurah-Mogra community development block in Hooghly district in West Bengal, India. It is in Chinsurah subdivision.[1] It is a railway station on the Howrah-Bardhaman Main Line, 47 km from Howrah station, and 7 km from Bandel.[2]

All India Radio has located some of its high power transmitters at Mogra. These transmitters carry a mix of domestic and external services.[3]

Geography[edit]

Mogra is a small and lively town on the outskirts of Hooghly District. One of Asia's oldest and longest major roads, the Grand Trunk Road, passes through Mogra. Mogra is an hour's drive from Kolkata, the principal commercial, cultural, and educational centre of Eastern India. A small river, Kunti, flows on the western side of the town. Mogra has quite a lot of significant and interesting places in its vicinity, which can be commuted to easily with 20-30 minutes of drive. Some of them are mentioned below:

  • Tribeni, a holy town, located on the banks of the mighty river Ganga
  • Kalyani, a planned town and an education hub, also a site of an American Airforce Base during World War II
  • Bandel, a former Portuguese trading outpost and settlement, also home to one of West Bengal's oldest Church. Sarat Chandra, the writer of Devdas, was born here.
  • Chinsurah, former Portuguese and Dutch settlement. Also the place where India's national song, "Vande Mataram" was composed.
  • Chandannagar, a former French colony, and a place of great historic importance
  • Barrackpore, the epicenter of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny or India's First war of Independence, lead by Mangal Pandey

Mogra is located at 22°58′45″N 88°22′29″E / 22.97925°N 88.374769°E / 22.97925; 88.374769.[4] It has an average elevation of 12 m (39 ft).

Transport[edit]

Mogra is connected to nearby and faraway localities via various public transport options. There are frequent buses ferrying people to and fro from places like Kalyani, Chinsurah, Bandel, Tribeni etc. Auto rickshaws are available for covering short distances like Tribeni. Mogra is also well connected via rail links, with local trains running between Bardhaman and Howrah criss-crossing via Mogra. While long distance trains normally do not stop at the Mogra railway station, most of them do stop at Bandel Junction railway station. Bandel Junction Railway Station is just 2 stops from Mogra. In case a long distance train doesn't stop at Bandel, people also have an option to board trains from Howrah, trains for which are available quite frequently. For air travel, travellers can board national and international flights from Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, which is an hour's drive from here.

Education[edit]

Schools and Colleges There are so many schools and colleges in mogra now. Uttam chandra high school, Bagati Ram Gopal Ghosh high school, Bimalabala Hindi high school, Pravabati balika vidyalaya, Sibchandra girls high school, Tarinisatra High School, Digsui High School, etc. Sreegopal Banerjee College is the only college at Mogra for general studies and it had also recently started Study Center of Netaji open university. Beside this there are ABACUS INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING & MANAGEMENT, a politechnique college named Elite Polytechnic Instititute, etc. Also Academy of Technology a reputed engineering college is in one station distance from Mogra. Near by Academy of Technology there is rural library where Professor Narayan Ch Ghosh was administrator. Besides that there are other two Govt. Sponsored rural libraries.

People[edit]

Mogra has a rich multicultural mix of people. Apart from Bengalis, Mogra is home to Bihari, Gujrati, Marwari, Punjabi origin people as well, among others.
The oldest tribes of this place are Bagdis, Bauris and Sadhukhan. After the division of Bengal many refugees settled in this place from Bangladesh.
Bagati am locality inside Mogra was the ancestral home of the Young Bengal leader Ramgopal Ghosh.[5]

Festivals[edit]

Saraswati puja The Saraswati Puja of Magra is one of the most famous puja's in Hooghly.the people of this area enjoy the festival better than Durga Puja. Behalf of this area I welcome all the people to come and enjoy the festival. So many registered or non registered local clubs organise this holy Puja. Bagati Diamond Jubilee Football Club, Bagati Bandhumahal, Jagarani Sangha, Sabuj Sangha, Priya Samity, Agragami, Mogra United Club, Bazar Samity, Mogra Netaji Sangha, Sonali Sangha, Vivekananda Sangha, Agnibina, Rabindra Sangha, Oika Sammalaney etc. organise big puja pandals in this locality.

References[edit]

  1. ^ District-wise list of statutory towns
  2. ^ Eastern Railway time table.
  3. ^ Radio Transmitters, Radio Transmitters
  4. ^ Yahoo maps
  5. ^ Sastri, Sivanath, Ramtanu Lahiri O Tatkalin Banga Samaj, (Bengali)1903/2001, p 76, New Age Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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