(Last Updated on : 04/02/2009)
Barijhati is a census town situated in the Hooghly district in the state of West Bengal in India. It is under the jurisdiction of the Chanditala police station in the Serampore subdivision. The district of Hooghly has got its name from the Hooghly River. The headquarters of the Hooghly district are located in Chinsura. The district has four subdivisions, namely Chandannagar, Chinsura Sadar, Serampore and Arambag. The first European to arrive at the Hooghly River port was the Portuguese sailor Vasco da Gama. In 1536 Portuguese traders acquired a sanction from Sultan Mahmud Shah to trade in this region. Hooghly gradually became a popular trading center and attracted other foriegners namely the Danish, British, Dutch, French, Belgians and Germans. Though the city of Hooghly is above five hundred years old the district of Hooghly was created in 1795 with the city of Hooghly as its headquarters. Later the headquarters shifted to the town of Chinsura. The topography of the Hooghly district is more or less flat with no place having an elevation of more than 200 meters. The district is bordered on the east by the river Hooghly. Another main river is the Damodar. The Howrah District to the south, the Bardhaman District to the north, the Bankura District to the northwest, and the Medinipur District to the southwest surround the district. Hooghly is the one of the industrialised districts in West Bengal. It is the main centre for jute cultivation and also has a number of engineering farms. A notable tourist spot in the Hooghly district is Antpur.
As per the 2001 India census, Barijhati has a population of 6400. Males make up 51% of the population and females comprise 49%. The town of Barijhati has a mean literacy rate of 80%, quite higher than the nationwide standard of 59.5%. 54% of the males and 46% of the females are literate. 9% of the population is children below six years of age.
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