Krishnanagar is a municipality and administrative headquarters of Nadia district in the Indian state of West Bengal.
Krishnagar Municipality was established in 1864. The area of the Municipality is around 16 sq. km. and is divided into 24 wards.
Krishnagar Municipality is won by Indian National Congress (INC) in 2008 elections. Chairman: Sri Asim Saha. Total councillors: 24 INC: 14 Trinamool Congress: 8 West Bengal Socialist Party: 2
In the 2006 state assembly elections, Subinay Ghosh of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) won the Krishnagar East seat defeating his nearest rival Dr. Ramendranath Sarkar of All India Trinamool Congress (AITC). Shibdas Mukherjee, representing AITC in 2001 and Indian National Congress (INC) in 1996 and 1991, defeated Radhanath Biswas of CPI(M) in 2001 and 1996, and Sadhan Chattopadhyay of CPI(M) in 1991. Sadhan Chattopadhyay of CPI(M) defeated Kashikanta Maitra of JNP in 1982. Kashikanta Maitra of JNP defeated Sadhan Chattopadhyay of CPI(M) in 1977.
In the 2006 state assembly elections, Asoke Banerjee of CPI(M) won the Krishnagar West assembly seat defeating his nearest rival Ujjal Biswas of AITC. Sunil Kumar Ghosh of CPI(M) defeated Ujjal Biswas of AITC in 2001, Biswarup Mukherjee of INC in 1996 and Ujjal Biswas of INC in 1991. Amritendu Mukherjee of CPI(M) defeated Gouri Sankar Dutta of INC in 1987 and 1982, and Mohadeb Bhattacharya of JNP in 1977.
Krishnanagar is located at 23°24'N 88°30'E / 23.4°N 88.5°E / 23.4; 88.5. It has an average elevation of 14 metres (45 feet). Krishnagar is situated beside the Jalangi River. It is the headquarters of Nadia district. The town is well connected by road to different parts of the state, and also has a railway junction. The major agricultural products of the area include rice, jute, and sugarcane, and industrial activities include sugar milling and ceramic manufacturing. Located 100 km north from Kolkata, Krishnanagar is on the banks of Jalangi river. It was the residence of Raja Krishnachandra, a great patron of art and culture.
Places of interest:
Rajbari: (Royal Palace) with a beautiful Durga temple in the courtyard. Every year, the famous Jhulan Mela is celebrated around the Rajbari in the July / August months and Baro Dol (as it is held 12 days after Dol Purnima) in March / April.
Roman Catholic Church: The church is famous for its architectural and sculptural splendour. There are 27 oil paintings describing the life of Jesus Christ. Of special mention are the wooden sculptures by Italian artists. Others include the College Bhavan (1846), The Public Library (1856), the Krishnanagar Academy and the Protestant Church. The clay models / figurines crafted here are collectors’ items. Company Bagan is a horticultural garden run by the state government. In a locality of Krishnagar called Ghurni, there is a colony of artists who work with clay. These artists produce images of Hindu gods and goddesses for traditional worship throughout the year, as well as clay models of human figures and real life objects. Open studios and shops of the artists comprise an important attraction for tourists. It is said that initially it was Raja Krishnachandra who settled a few families of talented clay artists in the area. Since then the colony has grown and flourished. Some of the artists have recently worked with other media as well. Halwaikars or moyras (who prepare sweets) of Krishnagar are famous. While they produce all varieties of sweets, there are some which bear the hallmark of the city. 'Sarbhaja' and 'Sarpuria' are inventions that mark the talent of Krishnagar's halwaikars. Specially the shop of "Adhar Chandra Das" is famous for the above mentioned sweet variants. Krishnagar is an important centre for culture and literature. It boasts literary figures like Bharat Chandra, Dwijendra Lal Roy and Narayan Sanyal among others. There is a vibrant culture of literary exchange among small groups of writers and poets, and there is a strong tradition of stage acting. Jagaddhatri Puja is celebrated with great grandeur at Krishnagar, when lightings from the town of Chandannagar are brought. The city is also very rich in education. Krishnagar Collegiate School, Holy Family and Government Girls' are some of the few schools situated here. Besides there are many colleges namely Krishnagar Government College, Dwijendralal College etc. A lot many expertised gems are to be found here in this heritage city.
Krishnanagar is 100 km north to Kolkata. Local EMU trains are the most convenient option to reach Kolkata. Lalgola passengers do stop at the station for a brief period of time. Being the district head-quarter, residents of Krishnanagar do enjoy some unique facilities while transport is considered; wide roads, intra-city connectivity by auto-rickshaw, cycle and bus. Express buses are also available for places like Kolkata, Malda, Siliguri etc.
It is on NH 34. Krishnagar is connected with Nabadwip through Krishnagar Route no 8. There are buses like Ma Laxmi, Bubu, Tarama, Camelian, Sharica, Ma Manasha, Biswarup, Nandini, Buraraj, Shartaci, Ma Durga in this route.
A narrow gauge railline have passed through Krishnagar. This narrow gauge line connects Santipur and Nabadwip two cities.
About Krishnanagar Tourism:
Krishnanagar is the administrative headquarters of Nadia district, known to be the land of Shree Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the great religious reformer of Bengal. The city was named Krishnanagar in honour of its founder, Raja Krishnachandra, who was a great patron of art and culture. Situated south of the Jalangi River it is just 118 km from Kolkata and connected to it by local train. Krishnanagar is famous for the three religious spots of Nabadwip, Shantipur and Mayapur that are nearby. Nadia district is mainly agricultural in nature, and sugar milling is the main industry here. Ghurni, a suburb of Krishnanagar is famous for its coloured clay figures, animals, fruits and vegetables, which has become an art form of Bengal. Sanskrit teaching is a unique tradition of the district. Krishnanagar is well connected by road to different parts of the state, and also has a railway junction.
STAND HOTEL, KRISHNANAGAR, WEST BENGAL
Price per day: From Rs. 300
BASASREE HOTEL, KRISHNANAGAR, WEST BENGAL
Price per day: From Rs. 200
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West Bengal - 741101
RATNAGIRI HOTEL, KRISHNANAGAR, WEST BENGAL
Price per day: From Rs. 500 To Rs. 800
West Bengal - 734214
2.3 LOCATION OF MARKET (GHURNI):
Marketing can be done individually or through some channels. Doll makers market their products personally to the local people as well as to the outside visitors. Besides, sales also can be made through Krishnanagar Mritsilpa Co-operative Society, Nadia District Service cum Marketing Co-operative Industrial Union Ltd. (Semi-government. Organization), West Bengal Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd. (Government Organization) and through Handicraft fairs and exhibitions.