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Naogaon District

Naogaon District
নওগাঁ জেলা
Clockwise from top: Balihar Royal Palace, Jogoddol Bihar, Dubalhati Royal Palace, Gaza Society Office, Shadhinota Monument.
Clockwise from top: Balihar Royal Palace, Jogoddol Bihar, Dubalhati Royal Palace, Gaza Society Office, Shadhinota Monument.
Location of Naogaon District in Bangladesh
Location of Naogaon District in Bangladesh
Coordinates: 24°54′N 88°45′E / 24.90°N 88.75°E / 24.90; 88.75
Country  Bangladesh
Division Rajshahi Division
 • Total 3,435.65 km2 (1,326.51 sq mi)
Population (2011 census)
 • Total 2,600,157
 • Density 760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zone BST (UTC+6)
Postal code 6500

Naogaon (Bengali: নওগাঁ জেলা Nôogã Jela) is a district in northern Bangladesh. It is a part of the Rajshahi Division.[1] Naogaon is a city of the same name in the district.



Paharpur is a small village 5 km west of Jamalganj in the Naogaon district where the remains of the most important and the largest known monastery south of the Himalayas[citation needed] have been excavated, Somapura Mahavihara. This 7th century archaeological find covers an area of approximately 27 acres (110,000 m2) of land. The entire establishment, occupying a quadrangular court, measures more than 900 ft (270 m) and is from 12 to 15 ft (3.7 to 4.6 m) in height. With an elaborate gateway complex on the north, there are 45 cells on the north and 44 in each of the other three sides, for a total number of 177 rooms. The architecture of the pyramidal cruciform temple is profoundly influenced by those of South-East Asia, especially Myanmar and Java. It takes its name from a high mound, which looked like a pahar, or hillock.

A site museum built recently houses the representative collection of objects recovered from the area. The excavated findings have also been preserved at the Varendra Research Museum at Rajshahi. The antiquities of the museum include terracotta plaques, images of different gods and goddesses, pottery, coin inscriptions, ornamental bricks and other minor clay objects.

Nine miles west-southwest of Somapura Mahavihara is the archaeological site of Halud Vihara, which has been tentatively listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[citation needed]

Kusumba Mosque

Kusumba Mosque is on the west bank of the Atrai River in Manda Upazila. It was built in 1558-59 during the period of Afgan rule in Bengal by a high-ranking official named Sulaiman. It was constructed with a Bengal style.


Patisar village is associated with Rabindranath Tagore . It is situated on the banks of the river Nagor, 12 kilometres south-east of the Atrai railway station and 26 kilometers from the district town. The headquarters of the Tagore family's zamindari in Kaligram Pargana was located at Patisar. Dwarkanath Tagore, the grandfather of Rabindranath Tagore, purchased this zamindari in 1830. Rabindranath Tagore first came to Patisarin January 1891.

The architectural design of the two-storied Kuthibari of Patisar is similar to that of Shilaidaha-Shahjadpur. The buildings, adjacent to the main mansion, are now reduced to ruins. A pond, named Rabindrasarobar, is now a silted up marsh. During his stay at Patisar, Tagore composed various poems, stories, novels, essays and the verse-play Biday Abhishap. He also established many primary schools, a school named Rathindranath High School, charitable dispensaries, and Patisar Krishi Bank (1905). He introduced tractors in Patisar and formed co-operative societies for the development of agriculture, handloom, and pottery.

In 1921, when the zamindari was divided, Patisar was included in Tagore's share. When the poet was awarded the Nobel Prize, the tenants of Patisar gave him an address of honour (1913). On the request of his tenants, Tagore visited Patisar in 1937 for the last time on the occasion of Punya. Every year many devotees of Tagore come from home and abroad to visit Patisar. On the occasions of Tagore's birth and death anniversaries, the Government arranges and gives all facilities to make discussion meetings and cultural functions that are held at Patisar.


Dubalhati is an ancient site in the south-western part of the district. The road to Dubalhati passes through the wide body of water known as “Dighli beel” (a beel is a large shallow lake or marsh). There is a large well in the center of the road for providing travelers with water. Today the road is becoming a recreational place for the town dwellers because of its natural beauty.[citation needed]

The most notable feature of Dubalhati is the "Raja's Mansion" (Jomidar Bari or Rajbari). The house has two parts; the main part, Darbar Hall, is residential and used for holding seminars, while the other part, Natto Shalla, is for prayers. The rajbari is a three-story building standing on wide and long masonry slender spiral columns. There are four large dighi (small lakes) around the site.

The rajbari was first built by Raja Horandro Ray Choudhory during the Pala Dynasty (781–1124). About 53 rajas have held the title, beginning with Jogotram, and ending with Haranath Ray Bahadur II in 1971. Raja Horonath Ray Bahadur I was notable for his construction of schools in Rajshahi and Naogaon district, including Natto Shala, Baganbari, Dubalhati High school, Naogaon K.D. School. He contributed sums of money to the Rajshahi Government College. He founded Dubalhati Raja Horonuth High School, only the second high school in the Rajshahi Division, in 1864. He had many wells and dhighis (small lakes) dug for providing drinking and irrigation water, and provided food to the populace during the famine of 1874.

Dibor Dighi

One of the ancient and historic place of Naogaon District is Dibor Dighi. It is situated on the side of village Dibor, in Dibor Union of Patnitala Upaziala.


Today Naogaon District is considered the bread basket of Bangladesh. It is the central part of Borendra Region, with an area of about 3,435.67 square kilometres (1,326.52 sq mi), about 80% of which is under cultivation. The soil of the area is a fertile inorganic clay called loam.

The total population of the area is about 25 lac, and most of the people of the district are farmers. The literacy rate is 44.39%.[1] Crops grown in the district include paddy, jute, wheat, maize, sugar cane, potatoes, pulses, oil seeds, brinjal, onions, and garlic. The total production of paddy and wheat in 2009-2010 was 13,58,432 metric tons, including a surplus of 8,26,835 metric tons. Today it is the top listed district in the side of rice production and has the highest number of rice processing mills of any district.[2]

Bijoy Liberation War Monument.


Map of Naogaon District.

Administrator of District Council:' Adv. Fozley Rabbi [3]

Deputy Commissioner (DC): Dr. Aminur Rahman [4]


The district is divided into 11 upazilas:



  • Balihar Degree College, Bolihar
  • Bandai Khara Degree College, Atrai
  • Chowdhury Chand Mohammad Women's Degree College, Sapahar
  • Government B.M.C. Mohila College, Naogaon
  • Jahangirpur Government College, Mohadevpur
  • Manda Momin Shahana Degree College, Manda (1970)
  • Naogaon Government College, Naogaon (1962)
  • Porsha College, Porsha
  • Raigaon College
  • Sapahar Government Degree College (1973)
  • Tetulia B. M. C. College
  • Tilna Degree College


  • Agradigun ML High School, Dhamairhat
  • Alalpur Hagi Shek Alam High School, Manda
  • Al-Helal Islami Academy & College, Sapahar
  • Amanta M.L High School, Patnitala
  • Badalgachi Pilot High School
  • Balihar BL High School, Bolihar
  • Balubazar S.M. High School, Manda
  • Bandaikhara High School
  • Barakhol High School, Raninagar
  • Bhanderpur B.L. High School
  • Bharaduba Akther Hamid Siddique High School (1993), Safapur Union, Mohadevpur
  • Biam Laboratory School and College
  • Bilkorilla B.M. High School
  • Chak Atitha High School (1914), Naogaon
  • Chak Simla High School, Atrai
  • Chakmoiram Model High School, Dhamoirhat
  • Chakmuli High School
  • Chakuli High School, Manda, Naogoan
  • Chalkmoiram Model High School, Dhamoirhat
  • Chandipur High School, Dhamoirhat
  • Fatepur (1st) High School
  • Fatepur (2nd) High School
  • Gaganpur High School
  • Gobindapur High School
  • Gotegari Shaheed Mamun High School & College
  • Hapania High School
  • Ilshabari High School, Raninagar Road, Naogaon
  • Jahangirpur Model High School, Mohadavpur
  • Janakallan Model High School
  • Katkhoir High School, Sadar, Naogaon- 6510
  • Kaya Para Kamar Kuri High School, Manda
  • Khirshin S.K. High School, Patnitola
  • Kirttipur High School-1921
  • Kola Bijlee High School, Badal Gachi
  • Kushadanga High School
  • Mallickpur High School, Patnitala
  • Manda Thana Adarsha Girls' School and College, Manda
  • Madhail High School, Patnitala
  • Mithapur B. L. High School, Badalgachhi
  • Nakucha High School, Nakucha, Patnitala
  • Naogaon Government Girls High School, Naogaon
  • Naogaon K.D. Government High School-1884
  • Naogaon Zilla School
  • Nazipur High School, Patnitala
  • P.M Girls High School*
  • Paharpur G. M. High School, established in 1936
  • Pakuria United High School
  • Paschim Naogaon High School, Bus Terminal, Naogaon
  • Patnitala High School, Patnitala
  • Pirojpur BL High School
  • Porsha High Madrasa Cum High School, Porsha
  • Raigaon High School
  • Rasulpur High School
  • Ratowal Bishwo Kabi Rabindranath Tagore Dimukhi High School
  • Sapahar Government Girls' High School
  • Sapahar Pilot High School, Naogaon
  • Saraswatipur High School
  • Shaluka High School
  • Shihara High School, Patnitala
  • Soguna High School, Niamatpur
  • Teghoria BL High School, Sapahar
  • Tilakpur Muslim High School, Tilakpur
  • Tilna Multilateral High School
  • Usti B.S High School, Patnitala, Naogaon-6561
  • Uttargram B.L High School, Mohadevpur
  • Shahapur D.A High School, Manda, Naogaon


  • Deul Duargpur Alarabia Dakhil Madrasha, Manda
  • Dubalhati Hafezia and Forkanea Madrasha, Dubalhati
  • Gaganpur Oyajedia Fajil (Degree) Madrasha
  • Rahimapur Fazil Madrasah, Akborpur, Patnitala
  • Usti Zakeria Senior Fazil Madrasah, Patnitala, Naogaon-6561


  • Azker Khobor [Online Newspaper]
  • Rupantor[Monthly]
  • Nabajug
  • Nabadiganta
  • Saptahik Bangabani
  • Bakachand
  • Nababarta
  • Banglar Kantha
  • Little Magazine
  • Sapahar Barta
  • Sangkalon
  • Tolpar
  • Protichhabi
  • Kalbela
  • Eisomoy
  • Calantika
  • Anjali Loho Mor
  • Gonomanushar Kotha
  • Foring (juvenile magazine)
  • Desh news (Online Newspaper)

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ a b Rezaul Karim (2012). "Naogaon District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. 
  2. ^ Dali Kalar Kontho, General Knowledge Book
  3. ^ জেলা পরিষদ [District Commission] (in Bengali). 
  4. ^ জেলা প্রশাসকের প্রোফাইল [Profile of Deputy Commissioner] (in Bengali). 

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