Baranagar is a municipality in Kolkata in the state of West Bengal. Baranagore is home to the Indian Statistical Institute, a famous institution devoted to the research, teaching and application of statistics, natural sciences and social sciences.
Location of Baranagar
Baranagar is located at 22.64 degree North to 88.37 degree East. It has an average elevation of 12 metres (39 feet). It is situated east of the Hooghly River. Baranagar Municipal Area lies between Sinthee More and Dunlop.
History of Baranagar
Baranagar was developed with the hand of Dutch East India Company. The Dutch had homes here in the seventeenth century. Streynsham Master visited the area in 1676 spoke of the hog factory where about 3,000 hogs a year were slaughtered and salted for export. Later it became the centre for the extensive jute trade, manufacturing gunny bags. A major road parallel to the river Hooghly connects Baranagar Bazaar with Dakshineswar.
Demography of Baranagar
Baranagar had a population of 250,615. Males constitute 53% of the population and females 47%. Baranagar has an average literacy rate of 82%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 55% of the males and 45% of females literate. 8% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Education of Baranagar
Baranagar stands the headquarters of the Indian Statistical Institute. Among the other less known colleges of Baranagar are Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College, Bonhoogly College of Commerce. Baranagar has some well known schools like Baranagar Vidyamandir, Baranagar Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama Primary and High School, Baranagar Narendra Nath Vidyamandir, Rajkumari Memorial Girls' School, Khalsa Model Senior Secondary School, Dunlop Bridge, Ananda Ashram Sarada Vidyapith, Baranagar Netaji Colony Bharti Girls' Institution, Netaji High School, Baranagar Rameswar H.S. School, Jyotinagar Bidyashree Niketan, Sinthi Ram Krishna Sangha Vidya Mandir, Sinthee Ray Bahadur Badridas Tulsan Vidyapith, Mata Monmohini Secondary School, Baranagar Mayapith Girls' High School, Delhi Public School and a Higher Secondary Urdu-medium School, Alambazar Urdu High school providing quality education to the local people.
Culture of Baranagar
Baranagar has a Kali temple at Dakshineswar, the Rashmoni Temple named after its founder Rani Rashmoni. Dakshineswar Kali Temple is a heritage building. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was the priest and Swami Vivekananda visited this place in his youth. Baranagar Math near Pramanick ghat is the place where Swami Vivekananda and a few other disciples of Sri Ramakrishna Dev started their spiritual journey that culminated in forming the monastic order later located at Belur Math, the present headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission.
Attractions of Baranagar
Baranagar has some of the special attractions. Some of the temples are Glass Temple, Gurudwara, Dunlop Bridge, Belur Math, Alambazar Math, Joy Mitra Kali Bari, and Pathbari.
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Dakshineshwar Kali Temple
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