Nashipur

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Nashipur
village
Nashipur is located in West Bengal
Nashipur
Nashipur
Location in West Bengal, India
Coordinates: 24°13′0″N 88°16′30″E / 24.21667°N 88.27500°E / 24.21667; 88.27500Coordinates: 24°13′0″N 88°16′30″E / 24.21667°N 88.27500°E / 24.21667; 88.27500
Country  India
State West Bengal
District Murshidabad
Languages
 • Official Bengali, English
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 742160
Nearest city Murshidabad

Nashipur is located in the Murshidabad district in West Bengal, India. It was the only princely state ruled by an Agarwal at the time of Indian independence.

Founder of Nashipur dynasty is said to be Maharaja Debi Singh. He migrated from Panipat (now in Haryana) in the 1770s. He settled down first at Bokhara in Murshidabad District of West Bengal, which lies on the Azimgunge-Nalhati Branch line of Eastern Railway. The nearest station is Moregram. He established a temple dedicated to Sri Sri Giri Gobardhan Dhari Deb Thakur along with his residence. The ruins of the temple can still be seen there. Maharaja Deby Singh later shifted his residence to Nashipur in Murshidabad District. Later on the Deity of Sri Sri Giri Gobardhan Dhari Deb Thakur was shifted to Nashipur by his descendant Raja Ranendra Narayan Sinha Bahadur in the 1970s. The title of "Raja" and later on "Maharaja" was conferred on him by the then British Government on account of his good work of tax collection from a number of districts of Bengal, in his capacity as Dewan (or tax collector). The Rajas following him are Raja Bahadur Sinha Bahadur - Raja Hanumanta Singh - Raja Udmanta Singh - Raja Kissen Chand - Raja Kirtee Chand - Maharaja Ranajit Sinha - Raja Bhupendra Narayan Sinha Bahadur- Raja Ranendra Narayan Sinha Bahadur and presently Ranjoy Sinha.

Nashipur Rajbari[edit]

Main article: Nashipur Rajbari
The palace during British Colonial Rule, in Nashipur.

Nashipur Rajbari (also known as Nashipur Rajbati or Nashipur Palace) was the palace of the Nashipur Raj Family in the village of Nashipur. The grand palace is situated in Nashipur just adjacent to the palace built by Raja Debi Singha. The current palace was built by Raja Kirti Chandra Singha Bahadur in 1865. The Nashipur Rajbari here, was the court of the Debi Singha who is historically renowned for being the tax collector under the British. He arrived from Panipat for the purpose of trading. It is said that he is known for being strict against those who failed to pay taxes on time to him. After a trial, he succeeded in getting an appointment in the Revenue Department under Dewan Reza Khan. Gradually, he was able to exert his influence among the people of East India Company and became head of that department. Debi Singha was also the founder of the Nashipur Raj Family.

Nashipur Akhara[edit]

Main article: Nashipur Akhara
A ratha inside the akhara.

Nashipur Akhara is situated close to the Nashipur Rajbari on the east of the Bhagirathi River. The motto of the Akhra is to remain a bachelor for one's life. It is actually here where every year Jhulan Yatra and the famous fair is held. People from far off assemble here to witness the dramas held on this auspicious occasion.

In the Nashipur Akhra very old articles like huge utensils and even a vintage car is kept in a samll room rather garage, but none of them have proper maintenance. However it is free for public analysis.

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