Location of Sherpur in Bangladesh
|• Total||1,359.87 km2 (525.05 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|• Total||72.4% (above 10+)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
Sherpur (Bengali: শেরপুর জেলা, Sherpur Jela also Sherpur Zila) is a district in central Bangladesh. It is a part of Mymensingh Division. Sherpur city is located about 198 km (123.03 mi) north of Dhaka which is the capital of the country.
Sherpur region was a part of the kingdom of the Kamarupa in the ancient time. During the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar this area was called "Dashkahania Baju". During the first part of the seventeenth century the Gazis of Bhawal occupied Dashkahania area from the descendants of Isa Khan. Doshkahania Pargana was named Sherpur after Sher Ali Gazi, the last jaghirdar of the Gazi dynasty. Fakir-Sannyasi Revolts were held against the East India Company and the local zamindars from the time of warren hastings to lord cornowalis; Tipu Shah, leader of the Fakir Movement, declared sovereignty in the area and established his capital at Gajripa. Peasant conferences were held in 1906, 1914 and 1917 at Kamarer Char of Sherpur under the leadership of Khos Muhammad Chowdhury. The communists revolted against the systems of Nankar, Tonk, Bhawali, Mahajani, Ijaradari during 1838-48 in Sherpur. In 1897 a devastating earth quack changed the course of the Brahmaputra towards the west and forced to merge it with the Jamuna; it also caused serious damages to many old buildings.
Weekly Sherpur, Weekly Dashkahania, Weekly Chalti Khabar, Sahityaloka, Barshati, Ra, etc.; extinct: Biddaunnati Sadhini (1865), Weelky Biggapani (1865), Weekly Charybarta (1881), Bangasuridh (1881), Samskriti Sanjibini, fortnightly Kishore (1957–58), Monthly Daxina (1967), Probaha, Angan, Muktangan, Ganabarta, Aunnesa, Uccharan, Sancharan.
There are 5 upazilas (sub-district) under this district, namely:
- Jhenaigati Upazila:Jhenaigati is famous for some tourist spots named Gajni, Madhutila etc
- Nakla Upazila
- Nalitabari Upazila
- Sherpur Sadar Upazila
- Sreebardi Upazila
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