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Bardhaman is a city of West Bengal state in eastern India. It is the central command of Bardhaman area.

Bardhaman turned into a locale capital of British India. Burdwan is an option name for the city, which stays being used following the British period.

The historical backdrop of Burdwan is known from around 5000 BC and having a place with the Mesolithic or Late Stone Age. The inception of this name goes back to the sixth century BCE and is attributed to Vardhaman Swami or Mahavira (599-527 BCE), the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism, who invested some energy in Astikagrama, as indicated by the Jain sacred writing of Kalpasutra. This spot was renamed as Vardhamana in his honor.


The area has a normal height of 40 meters (131 ft). The city is arranged 1100 km from New Delhi and somewhat less than 100 km north-west of Kolkata on the Grand Trunk Road (NH-2) and Eastern Railway. The central waterways are the Damodar and the Banka.

Places of interest

The Shrine of Sarvamangala, said to contain the remnant of Sati's body, the umbilicus, is situated here. Aside this, there are quite a number of temples and Sivalingams.
The Curzon Gate was built in honour of the visit of Lord Curzon.
The palaces and gardens of the maharaja Golapbag. Golap Bag, or the Garden of Rose, of Bardhaman, is a favourite tourist haunt. It is the botanical and zoological garden established by the King Bijoy Chand Mahatab in 1884. Famous botanist Dalton Hooker came there and listed 128 types of trees. At present there are numerous mango, casuarina, eucalyptus and other trees in the garden. The University of Bardhaman also takes classes in the complex. Distance from railway station is about two and half km.
At Nawab Hat, On the Burdwan-Siuri NH, some 4 kilometers from rail station, is a group of 108 Siva lingam temples built in 1788 popularly known as 108 Shiva Temple. Rani Bishnukumari (queen of Burdwan) ordered to build this temple. Here each year a week-long festival is celebrated on the occasion of "Maha-Shivratri".
Shrine and Pir Bahram and Sher Afghan.
Meghnad Saha planetarium: Bardhaman have a planetarium named after India's scientist Meghnad Saha. It is the second planetarium of the state after Kolkata's "Birla planetarium".
Ramana Bagan: It is the forest office of Bardhaman sub-division. It is at east side of Golapbag. This forest is pointed as sanctuary. This is also called deer park. Deers, tigers, crocodiles, and different kinds of birds make this place beautiful.
There is a science museum in Burdwan called the "Science Center" situated at Golapbag Road near Burdwan University. It offers insight into the animal kingdom, the environment, application of laws of physics etc.
Tomb of Sher Afghan: The Tomb of Sher Afghan, the last of the Afghan jagirdars in Bardhaman, is located at Pir Beharam near Rajbati (Burdwan Royal Palace). Sher Afghan married Nurjahan. He revolted against Mughal Samrat and to control this, Mughal Samrat Jahangir had sent Kutubuddin. Both died at war in 1610 AD and both were buried at the burial ground of Pir Baharam. Distance from railway station is about two and half km.
Konkaleswari Kali Mandir: The ashram is situated in Kanchan-Nagar is an icon of skeleton with a famous Kali temple. The goddess is made of stone and the temple is 200 years old.

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