(Last Updated on : 31/01/2009)
Bhagalpur is renowned worldwide for its silk production. The city has been producing silk for generations. Bhagalpur finds mention in the Ramayana and Mahabharata. In the epics the city is described as kingdom of Anga. Bhagalpur is famous world wide. Angika, which is the main language of Bhagalpur is one of the oldest languages of the world. It is spoken by more than 30 million of Indians and around 50 million population worldwide.
The city was also a great center of learning. This is evident from the ruins of the ancient
VikramshilaUniversity, which is located 44 km east of Bhagalpur.
Geography of Bhagalpur
Bhagalpur is located in Bihar, Eastern India. The city is situated on the banks of river Ganges. The plains on which the city is located is very fertile and is conducive for the growth of plants an crops.
History of Bhagalpur
In the Ramayana,Mahabharata and Panchtantra, Bhagalpur is reffered to as Bhagaddat-Puram. The worship of the snake queen which was celebrated hundreds of years back is still celebrated here with great pomp.
Bhagalpur was part of the ancient Sanskrit kingdom of Anga. In the later times it was included in the powerful Hindu kingdom of Magadha or Behar, and in the 7th century, it became an independent state. And afterwards became the Mahommedan kingdom of Gaur, and was subsequently subjugated by Akbar, who declared it to be a part of the Delhi empire. In 1765, it was passed to the East India Company by Emperor Shah Alam.
Demography of Bhagalpur
As per the 2001 census, Bhagalpur had a population of 340,349. Males constituted 54% of the population and females 46%. Bhagalpur has an average literacy rate of 68%, out of which 70% are males and 62% are females.
Education in Balaghpur
Bhagalpur is one of the leading education centre of Bihar. Students of Balaghpur often make a record in History being toppers in Board Examination and producing a large number of IAS/IPS officers in the country. Bhagalpur also has some of the best schools in the country that provide quality education to the students. There is a Silk Institute and Agricultural college here, as well as a University, and Engineering, Medical and Homeopath colleges.