See also:town and
See also:district of
See also:British India, in the
See also:Presidency division of Bengal . The administrative headquarters of the district are at
See also:Berhampur . The town of
See also:Murshidabad is on the
See also:bank of the Bhagirathi or old sacred channel of the
See also:Ganges . Pop . (19o1), 15,168 . The city of Murshidabad was the latest
See also:Mahommedan capital of Bengal . In 1704 the
See also:nawab Murshid Kulia Khan changed the seat of
See also:government from
See also:Dacca to Maksudabad, which he called after his own name . The
See also:family of Jagat
See also:Seth maintained their position as state bankers at Murshidabad from generation to generation . Even after the
See also:conquest of Bengal by the British, Murshidabad remained for some
See also:time the seat of administration .
See also:Warren Hastings removed the supreme
See also:civil and criminal courts to
See also:Calcutta in 1772, but in 1775 the latter
See also:court was brought back to Murshidabad again . In i790, under
See also:Lord Cornwallis, the entire revenue and judicial staffs were fixed at Calcutta . The town is still the residence of the nawab, who ranks as the first nobleman of the province with the
See also:style of nawab bahadur of Murshidabad, instead of nawab nazim of Bengal .
Hispalace, dating from 1837, is a magnificent
See also:building in
See also:Italian style . The city is crowded with other palaces, mosques, tombs, and gardens, and retains such
See also:industries as
See also:carving in ivory, gold and
See also:silver embroidery, and
See also:weaving . A
See also:college is maintained for the
See also:education of the nawab's family . The DISTRICT of MURSHIDABAD has an
See also:area of 2143 sq. m . It is divided into two nearly equal portions by the Bhagirathi, the
See also:ancient -channel of the Ganges . The
See also:tract to the west, known as the Rarh, consists of hard
See also:clay and nodular
See also:limestone . The general level is high, but interspersed with marshes and seamed by
See also:hill torrents . The Bagri or eastern
See also:half belongs to alluvial plains of eastern Bengal . There are few permanent swamps; but the whole
See also:country is low-lying, and liable to
See also:annual inundation . In the
See also:north-west are a few small detached hillocks, said to be of basaltic formation . Pop . (19o1), 1,333,184, showing an increase of 6.6% in the
See also:decade .
See also:industry is that of silk, formerly of much importance, and now revived with government assistance . A narrow-
See also:gauge railway crosses the district, from the East
See also:line at Naihati to Azimganj on the Bhagirathi, the home of many
See also:rich Jain merchants; and a branch of the Eastern Bengal railway has been opened .
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