Shibganj Upazila, Bogra
|• Total||314.92 km2 (121.59 sq mi)|
|Population (2011 census)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||BST (UTC+6)|
Shibganj Upazila (Bengali: শিবগঞ্জ উপজেলা (বগুড়া)) is an upazila of Bogra District in the Division of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. The upazila was created in 1983. It is named after its administrative center, the town of Shibganj.
Shibganj Upazila has a total area of 314.92 square kilometres (121.59 sq mi). It is the northernmost upazila of Bogra District. It borders Rangpur Division to the north, Sonatala and Gabtali upazilas to the east, Bogra Sadar and Kahaloo upazilas to the south, Dupchanchia Upazila to the southwest, and Joypurhat District to the west. The Karatoya River flows south through the upazila.
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics
According to the 2011 Bangladesh census, Shibganj Upazila had 99,242 households and a population of 378,700, 5.7% of whom lived in urban areas. 9.0% of the population was under the age of 5. The literacy rate (age 7 and over) was 44.1%, compared to the national average of 51.8%.
Points of interest
Mahasthangarh is the earliest urban archaeological site in Bangladesh. It's also the largest. The citadel covers more than 2 square kilometres (0.77 sq mi), and many more mounds are spread over the surrounding 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi) on the west bank of the Karatoya River. Lonely Planet describes it as one of Bangladesh’s two "most famous and impressive archaeological sites." A museum exhibits artifacts excavated at the site: sculptures, inscriptions, terracotta plaques depicting scenes from daily life, beads, coins, and ceramics shards.
Shibganj Upazila is divided into Shibganj Municipality and 12 union parishads: Shibganj, Bihar, Roynagar, Buriganj, Majhihatta, Pirab, Atmul, Kichak, Maidanhata, Deuli, Mokamtala, and Saidpur. The union parishads are subdivided into 233 mauzas and 409 villages.
Shibganj Municipality is subdivided into 9 wards and 31 mahallas.
There are seven colleges in the upazila. They include Mohasthan Mahi Sawar Degree College, Mokamtala Women's Degree College, Pirob United Degree College, and Shibgonj M.H. Degree College, founded in 1972.
The madrasa education system includes five fazil madrasas.
- Prafulla Chaki, revolutionary and nationalist, was born in Bihar village in 1888.
- M. R. Akhtar Mukul, author and journalist, migrated to Mahasthangarh after partition in 1947.
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