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Birbhum District (West Bengal)

Posted Date: 12 Jan 2009      Posted By: Tony John    Member Level: Gold  Points: 0

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State: West Bengal
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    Birbhum district is located at the West-Central part of West Bengal. The district headquarter is at Suri. The district shares state boundary with Bihar. There are two Lok Sabha constituencies, viz. Birbhum and Bolpur (shared with Bardhaman district). The are eleven Assembly constituencies in this district.

    The name ‘Birbhum’ originates from the land (‘Bhum’ in Bengali) of the Bir rulers. The area lies at the North-Eastern part of the Chhotanagpur plateau. The Western part of the district is an upland that is generally barren. The Eastern part of the district is more fertile. The climate on the Western part is dry and extreme whereas that in the Eastern side is milder. Important rivers are Ajay, Mayurakshi, Kopai, Bakreshwar, Brahmani and Pagla.

    Tourist spots:

    Bishwa-Bharati University established by Rabindranath Tagore is internationally famous. The University is located at Bolpur. Sriniketan (located beside the Bishwa-Bharati University) is also known for the rural development work. This was also conceptualised by Rabindranath. Bolpur attracts tourists all over the world during different festivals like Paus Utsava, Barshamangal and Basantotsava.

    Bakreshwar is known for the Shiva Temple, the hot spring and the famous Mela (Fare) held during Shiva-Ratri. A thermal power station is also located here.

    Joydev-Kenduli is the birthplace of great Sanskrit Poet Joydev. Annual Mela held during the Bengali month ‘Pous’ is very famous. This place is a centre for the ‘Baul’ group who worships God in a different manner.
    Patharchapuri is a place which is known for annual ‘Urs’ festival of a Sufi saint.

    Labhpur: This is a shakti-peeth. The famous and ancient temple is associated with many folk tales. Labhpur is also the birth-place of Tarashankar Banerjee, a very famous Bengali novelist.

    Kaleswar Shiva Temple at Mayureshwar is another famous place for worshippers and tourists.

    Nanoor is famous as the birth-place of another famous Vaishav poet-Chandidas.

    Ballabhpur Wildlife sanctuary is another tourist spot in the district. Various types of deer, leopard, langoor and different species of birds are spotted in this forest.

    The nearest airport is at Dum Dum, Kolkata. The train service from Kolkata (Howrah/Sealdah) and Barddhaman is excellent. Bus service from Durgapur, Barddhaman, Kolkata, Katwa and Murshidabad is worth-mentioning. The important railway stations are Bolpur, Saithia, Rampurhat, Barddhaman and Katwa (Barddhaman district).

    Educational facilities

    The district is internationally famous for Bishwa-Bharati University and Sriniketan. In addition, there are 2 Engineering Colleges, 1 Polytechnic, 12 colleges, 1 ITI, 110 Higher Secondary schools, 256 High schools and 4 Senior Madrasas located in the district.

    Contact details

    The district is divided into three Sub-Divisions, viz., Sadar-Suri, Bolpur and Rampurhat.
    The contact nos. of the District Magistrate is 03462-255222 (Office), 03462-255223 (Residence).
    The e-mail id of the District Magistrate is: dm-bir@nic.in.
    The Official Website is: www.birbhum.nic.in/.

    - Partha K.

    Updates and comments from members:

    Posted By: Ujjal Roy    Posted Date: 26 Jun 2012   Points: 2   (Rs 2)
    Birbhum district official website:http://birbhum.gov.in/
    Collectorate office:1st Floor, New Administrative Building (D.M.Office), Suri,Birbhum PIN-731101
    Telephone No. 03462-255222 (office), Fax:03462-256222
    E-mail:dm-bir@nic.in, dm-bir@wb.nic.in
    Collector:Mr. Khalil Ahmed

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