Krishnagar / Reui
External view of Royal Palace
|• Body||Krishnanagar Municipality|
|• Total||25.72 km2 (9.93 sq mi)|
|Elevation||14 m (46 ft)|
|• Official||Bengali, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Krishnanagar|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Krishnanagar Uttar/Krishnanagar dakshin (Vidhan Sabha constituency)|
Krishnanagar // (sometimes Krishnagar) is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is the headquarters of the Nadia district. Krishnanagar is situated on the southern banks of the Jalangi river. She is claimed to be named after Krishna Chandra Ray (1728 – 1782). Another claim is, the city is named after Lord Krishna worshiped by Raja Krishna Chandra Ray. Previously, the city (village) was called ‘Reui’ (রেউই). The Rajbari built here during the reign of zaminder Krishna Chandra Ray is a prominent place of tourist attraction though the remnants of the past glory have been eroded and only a dilapidated structure of the exquisite places with carving on its inner walls exists today.
Krishnanagar is located at  It has an average elevation of 14 metres (45 feet). Krishnanagar is beside the Jalangi River. The Tropic of Cancer passes through outskirts of Krishnanagar, Latitude of Tropic of Cancer: 23° 26′ 5″ N..
Krishnanagar municipality was established in the year 1864 and is one of the oldest.
This place got its name after Raja Krishnachandra Roy who ruled in this region. Earlier it was called Reuigram.
Krishnanagar is an important centre for culture and literature. It counts literary figures such as Ray gunakar Bharat Chandra, Ramprasad Sen, Dwijendralal Ray and Narayan Sanyal among many others.There is also a strong tradition of stage acting and Indian revolutionary movements.
The second place of interest in Krishnanagar is the famous area called Ghurni which is the neighbourhood of the clay artists. Raja Krishnachandra invited a few of the families of these clay artists in this region.Open studios and shops of the artists comprise an important attraction for tourists. It is said that initially it was Raja Krishnachandra who had settled a few families of talented clay artists in the area. Jagaddhatri Puja is celebrated with great grandeur in Krishnanagar, when lightings from the town of Chandannagar are brought.
In summer, i.e. from April to June, the weather remains hot and temperatures range from a maximum of 35 °C (95 °F) to a minimum of 26 °C (79 °F).
Monsoon season prevails during beginning-June to mid-September. Also retrieving monsoon from mid-October till mid-November
The weather is quite pleasant, the summers and winters are moderate. The level of moisture increases during summers.
|Climate data for Krishnanagar|
|Average high °C (°F)||26.4
|Average low °C (°F)||13.8
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||1
|Average rainy days||4||3||4||6||12||18||23||22||18||11||3||1||125|
|Source: Krishnanagar Weather|
Hemanta Kumar Sarkar, Haripada Chattopadhyay, Dilip Kumar Roy, Lahiri Mahasaya, Subhash Mukhopadhyay, Charles Gmelin (First British Olympic Games award-winning athlete) were born in this City. Some of the notable names of personalities who resided in this city are - Pramod Ranjan Sengupta (Socialist revolutionary and member of Indian National Army), Dr. Khudiram Das (Ram Tanu Lahiri Professor, Calcutta University), Monomohun Ghose, Lalmohan Ghosh, Bina Das, Anantahari Mitra, Dilip Bagchi, Gourav Chetlangia, Bipradas Pal Chowdhury. RANU MONDAL , PLAY BACK SINGER , ALSO FROM KIRSHNA NANGHAR.
 The church named Roman Catholic Diocese of Krishnagar is famous for its architectural and sculptural splendour. There are 27 oil paintings describing the life of Lord Jesus Christ. Of special mentions are the wooden sculptures by Italian artists. The Church portrays the awesome architecture and wooden sculpture of that era. There are twenty seven oil paintings depicting the entire life of Jesus Christ.
 A forest covering about 67 hectares is located at Bethuadahari which is situated at a distance of about 22 km from Krishnanagar. This forest is actually an extended deer park. The forest was established in 1980 to preserve the biodiversity of the central Gangetic alluvial zone. A census of 1998 reveals a population of 295 deer in this forest and other wildlife includes python, jungle cat, porcupine, monitor lizard, snake and a variety of birds (around 50 species).
Others include the College Bhavan (1846), The Public Library (1856),
The city has many big shops and shopping Malls like
etc. which now have become the prime shopping destinations.
Initially, most of the residents of this city were government employees and there were few agricultural as well as silk traders. Gradually, the importance of the city increased due to its geographic location and now it is also a business hub.The economy is primarily based on small- to medium-scale agro-industries and trades.
The other contributor to the economy is agriculture. Produce of the area are rice, jute, sugar, ceramics, and plywood; sugarmilling is the largest industry. The surrounding region produces mangoes, cattle, poultry and fish. There is unrealised demand for building large food storage, refrigeration and processing plants. There are a few sugar mills. Many expertised gems are to be found in this heritage city.
Krishnanagar is also famous for the sweet. Halwaikars or moyras (who prepare sweets) of Krishnanagar are famous. While they produce all varieties of sweets, there are some which bear the hallmark of the city. 'Sarbhaja' and 'Sarpuria' are inventions that mark the talent of Krishnanagar's halwaikars.The sweets are mostly prepared from the raw milk which is collected from the nearby villages.
Despite the economic boom in India in the 21st century, there have been no major industrial investment proposals for the city so far. Nowadays real estate business is one of the big business of this city.
Krishnanagar is 100 km north of Kolkata. Being the district headquarters, residents of Krishnanagar enjoy some unique facilities as far as transport is considered: wide roads, intra-city connectivity by auto-rickshaws, cycles rickshaws, e-rickshaws, service buses and magic taxis (aka Toto). Express buses are available for places like Kolkata, Malda, Siliguri, Berhampore, Howrah, Purulia, Asansol, Bolpur, Kirnahar, Suri etc. from the city's Bus Stand or PWD stand very close to NH 34. Nearest Airport is Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport (CCU) which is 98 km by road.
NH 34 passess through Krishnanagar. As Krishnanagar is the administrative headquarters of the Nadia district and as it stands just in the centre position of West Bengal, it acts as the link between North Bengal and South Bengal. There are bus services on regular basis from South Bengal to North Bengal and Vicecersa. All buses that start from Kolkata to North Bengal halt at Krishnanagar (Pantha Tirtha/Church Gate/Palpara). Krishnanagar have main bus stand at the centre of the city, which is destination of various long, mid-and short distance places. It is connected directly to Kolkata, Siliguri by road. Locally it is connected to Ranaghat, Kolkata, Santipur, Mayapur, Nabadwip. Krishnanagar is connected with Shikarpur (Route no 1), Patrikabari Ghat (Route no 2A) (via state highway 11), Hridaypur (Route no 4), Ranabandh Ghat (Route no 5), Nabadwip (Route no 8), Ranaghat (Route no 9, 17, 17B), Kalna Ghat (Route no 18), Patuli Ghat (Route no 25), Matiari (Route no 29), Bablari (Route no 30A), Tehatta Ghat (Route no 37), Palashi Monument (Route no 39) and Nonaganj (Route no 41). Krishnanagar is also connected with the Karimpur, Khalboalia, Majdia, Birpur Ghat, Hular Ghat, Katwa Ghat, Hatisala Ghat, Ichapur Ghat, Sibpur Ghat, Shimulia etc.
All trains going to or coming from Lalgola stop at the Krishnanagar. The MEMU trains departs from Ranaghat heading for Bahrampur and vice versa stops at Krishnanagar.
EMU (Broad gauge local) train service between these two cities Santipur and Krishnanagar have started, and will be extended to Nabadwip and will be open for passengers shortly. 13103/13104 Sealdah-Lalgola Bhagirathi Express, 13113/13114 Hazarduari Express, Lalgola Fast Passenger and a few Lalgola Passenger are the trains that run daily. Kolkata-Lalgola tri weekly Express (Dhanadhanye Express) is also an express train that takes the Sealdah-Lalgola route. Ladies special (Matribhumi local) from Krishnanagar to Sealdah runs everyday. The line extends to north Bengal via Ajimganj / Nasipur Bridge and will be used by Darjeeling Mail (sdah-njp) from the December at the end of year.
As Krishnanagar is city just beside the river Jalangi(Tributary of River Ganges), one can also avail water transport.Regular boat transport is also available from Krishnanagar to other parts.
As of the[update] 2011 census, Krishnanagar city had a population of 181,182 (Males : 91583, Female : 89599), It is at the centre of a much bigger urban agglomeration which as of the[update] 2011 census, had a population of 2,03,429. The urban agglomeration had a sex ratio of 978 females per 1,000 males. Child sex ratio of girls is 926 per 1000 boys. 7.5% of the population were under six years old. Effective literacy was 88.09 percent of which male and female literacy was 90.84 and 85.29 percent.
Kotwali police station (also known as Krishnanagar PS) has jurisdiction over Krishnanagar municipality and Krishnanagar I CD Block. The total area covered by the police station is 289.15 km2 and the population covered is 456,969 (2001 census).
Women Police Station was established in 2012.
Several elegant pieces of hand-craft arts can also be found in this region, namely the handcraft in making of carpet, bamboo and jute crafts, miniature paintings. a horticultural research station and jute nursery, and an agricultural training centre. There are various Government and private run schools affiliated to West Bengal Board for Secondary Education, The Indian Council for Secondary Examination (ICSE), Delhi board and Kendriya Vidyalaya affiliated to the CBSE board.
As per the education demographics, total literates in Krishnanagar city are 147,565 of which 76,746 are males while 70,819 are females. Average literacy rate of Krishnanagar city is 88.09 percent of which male and female literacy was 90.84 and 85.29 percent.
As Krishnanagar is the headquarters of Nadia District, it gets some of the added benefits. Apart from Government Hospitals, there are private run nursing home as well.
Also some organisations like Lions Club of Krishnanagar operates dental clinic, eye clinic with a minimal charge.
Also some quality diagonostic laboratories are there in the town. Central Pathology, Dr. Lal's Patholab are two prominent names. Also the city has ECHS poly clinic which is central office for Nadia and Murshidabad District
Krishnanagar city is governed by Municipal Corporation which comes under Krishnanagar Municipal Region. The area of the municipality is around 16 km2 and is divided into 24 wards with 24 councillors. Krishnanagar is the administrative headquarters of the Nadia district. Krishnanagar is centre for all the administration purpose. The parties which contest for the elections are Trinomool Congress, Indian National Congress, BJP. The board of councillors elects a chairman from among its elected members; the chairman is the executive head of the municipality. The elected members of this body are authorised to manage education, health, tourism, and overall development of the area.
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