Munshiganj District

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Dhaleshwari River bank, Munshiganj Sadar Upazila in Munsiganj District
Dhaleshwari River bank, Munshiganj Sadar Upazila in Munsiganj District
Nickname(s): Bikrampur
Location of Munshiganj in Bangladesh
Location of Munshiganj in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 23°28′N 90°32′E / 23.46°N 90.54°E / 23.46; 90.54Coordinates: 23°28′N 90°32′E / 23.46°N 90.54°E / 23.46; 90.54
Country  Bangladesh
Division Dhaka Division
 • Total 1,004.29 km2 (387.76 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 1,445,660
 • Density 1,400/km2 (3,700/sq mi)
Literacy rate
 • Total 35.8%
Time zone BST (UTC+6)

Munshiganj (Bengali: মুন্সীগঞ্জ) also historically known as Bikrampur is a district[1] in central Bangladesh. It is a part of the Dhaka Division and borders Dhaka District.[2]


Total land area is 235974 acres (954 km2), out of which 138472 acres (560 km2) are cultivable and 5609 acres (23 km2) are fallow land. It has no forest area. 40277 acres (163 km2) of land is irrigated while 26242 acres (106 km2) of land is under river. It has 14 rivers of 155 km passing through.[3]


The district consists of 6 upazilas:

  1. Lohajang Upazila
  2. Sreenagar Upazila
  3. Munshiganj Sadar Upazila
  4. Sirajdikhan Upazila
  5. Tongibari Upazila
  6. Gazaria Upazila


Munshiganj is one of the largest producers of potatoes in Bangladesh. It produces significant amounts of jute, rice, wheat and other vegetables. It also produces sugar cane and banana.


Bikrampur (Munshiganj) was the political and cultural centre of ancient Bengal. It was officially known as Bikrampur until 1986 and was part of Dhaka District. The remains of the city of Bikrampur, the capital of the ancient kingdoms of southeastern Bengal, are lost and its location can only be guessed on the basis of available data.[4]

It was the capital city of the Candra, Varman and Sena dynasties, from the beginning of the 10th century AD to the beginning of the 13th century AD.

The name of Bikramapur survived in the name of a pargana in the Mughal period. Today the name does not exist even officially; but the inhabitants of a vast tract of land in the Munshigonj district still feel pride in saying that they belong to Bikramapur, which, of course, emanates from the past glory of the area. Also, within the confines of Munshigonj, the colonial era mansion of Badrul Islam, the renowned Kombal merchant, is located. Today it is a sacred site for Tibetan Buddhists.

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Revolutionary Nationalists

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  4. ^ Taiyab Ahmed Sheikh, ":: Munshigonj District | History Bangla Old ::". Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  5. ^ "M Hamidullah Khan". Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  6. ^ Frontline Web page
  7. ^ "Bangladeshi Novels Web page". Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  8. ^ Taiyab A. Sheikh;>. ":: Munshigonj District | Famous | A. N. Hamidullah ::". Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  9. ^ Said, H.A. (1989). Dhusar diganta. Samskriti Kendra. Retrieved 2015-06-22. 
  10. ^ "Interview with Bangladesh's leader Fakhruddin Ahmed - TIME". 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2015-06-22.