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Temples in Birnagar, Rajshekhar Basu (bottom right) & Nabin Chandra Sen (right)
Temples in Birnagar, Rajshekhar Basu (bottom right) & Nabin Chandra Sen (right)
Birnagar is located in West Bengal
Location in West Bengal, India
Birnagar is located in India
Birnagar (India)
Coordinates: 23°08′29″N 88°19′52″E / 23.1413°N 88.3312°E / 23.1413; 88.3312
Country India
StateWest Bengal
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyBirnagar Municipality
 • Total6 km2 (2 sq mi)
13 m (43 ft)
 • Total30,799
 • Density5,100/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)

Birnagar (formerly Ula) is a municipality town Ranaghat subdivision of Nadia district in West Bengal, India.

The Birnagar Municipality has a population of 30,799 of which 15,658 are males while 15,141 are females as per report released by Census India 2011.[1]

Birnagar railway station is 81 kilometers north of Kolkata on the Sealdah railway division.[2]


As per the records Birnagar was an island in the Hoogly river that changed its course away of the then ULA around 1707 A.D. Before British colonization, Birnagar was called Ula or Ulo. The "Ula" name is still present in the names of some local institutions, such as the library and hospital. It is mentioned in the short story "Post Master" by Rabindranath Tagore. Birnagar Municipality is around 150 years old. Its first chairman was Kabi Nabinchandra Sen. It earlier had two zamindars. One part of Birnagar belonged to the Mukherjees, and the other part belonged to the Mustafis.


Religion in Birnagar[3]
Birnagar Percent
Not stated

As per the 2011 Indian census, Birnagar has a population of 30,799 of which 15,658 are males while 15,141 are females as per the report released by Census India 2011.

In Birnagar (M), most of the (M)rs are from Schedule Caste (SC). Schedule Caste (SC) constitutes 35.40% while Schedule Tribe (ST) were 0.65% of total population in Birnagar (M). The child sex ratio in Birnagar is around 943 compared to the West Bengal state average of 956.


The town boasts a large number of primary and high schools and a reputed college for higher education.

Higher-secondary schools
  • Birnagar High School (uttar Para)
  • Shivkali Girls' High school (Library Para)
Primary schools
  • 14 primary schools
Other schools
  • Ramkrishna Ashramic primary (Khan para)
  • Gunedranath Public School (English medium) (Library Para)
  • Birnagar Kabinabin Chandra Sen Teachers Training Institute[4]
Other institutions
  • There are several computer centers and NGOs. Among the NGOs YOURS (Ula Youth Organization For Reformation Service) arranges MDP, ESDP, and IMC programs on various technical skills. There are also several dance and drawing schools.
Computer training institutes
  • BCTI (Birnagar Computer Training Institute, W.B. Govt. Regd. Computer Training Institute, Estd: 2007) Birnagar, Hat, near Birnagar Municipality Market Complex
  • Edutech Academy (Rashtriya Youth Computer Saksharata Mission # ISO 9001:2015 Certified # Govt. Of India Affiliated @ RYCSM) Palitpara Bazar, Birnagar, Nadia

The literacy rate of Birnagar city is 84.60% higher than state average of 76.26%. In Birnagar, male literacy is around 88.26% while the female literacy rate is 80.82%.


Ula Sadharon Pathagar[5] was established in 1922 at Library Para near Shivkali Girl's Higher Secondary School. Any person over 18 years of age can become a member and borrow one book at a time for one month.

Library statistics
  • Total books - 12000
  • Magazines - 13
  • Rare books - 63
  • Registered members - 856

Birnagar Municipality

Birnagar municipality is the oldest municipality in Nadia district which is more than 200 years old. The first chairman of Birnagar municipality was the poet Nabinchandra Sen. Birnagar municipality has 14 wards.[6] Birnagar Municipality has total administration over 6,702 houses to which it supplies basic amenities like water and sewerage. It is also authorized to build roads within municipality limits and impose taxes on properties coming under its jurisdiction.

Notable people


  1. ^ "Census of 2011".
  2. ^ "District Wise List of Statutory Towns". Census of India 2001, Urban Frame. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
  3. ^ "Towns in Birnagar - Religion 2011".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  6. ^ "Brnagar Municipality Official Website". Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.