BARPETA

BARPETA DISTRICT (Assam)

 

Total Area  2,677.33 sq km
Total Population  16,93,622
Male  8,67,004
Female  8,26,618
Sex Ratio  940 females per        1000 male
Density  742 persons per sq km
Literacy Rate 63.81%
Male 69.29%
Female 58.06%
District Head Quarter  Barpeta

 

Sub-Division

Head Quarter

Barpeta Barpeta
Bajali Madan-Rowta town
Tamulpur  Tamulpur 
Sarbhog Sarbhog
Kalgachia Kalgachia
Sarukhetri Sarukhetri
BARPETA DISTRICT (Assam)



Boundaries:
Baksa on the north; Nalbari and Kamrup on the east; Kamrup and Goalpara on the south; and Goalpara and Bongaigaon on the west.
 
Rivers & Tributaries :
Chawlkhowa, Bekee, Pohu-mara, Kaldiya, Palla etc.
 
Beel :
 Velekee, China, Vella, Dhir. Bonoya, Gora.
 
Important Places :
 Barpeta, Sarthebari, Pathshala, Sarbhog. Barpeta is a district situated on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra.
 

The district head quarter town Barpeta is located 140 km away from Guwahati. This Vaishnava is the traditional house of art and culture. Maha Purusha Shri Madhavdev founded Barpeta Satra, the famous Vaishnava temple in this city in the fifteenth century. The Doljatra (Holi) festival is celebrated here with pomp and pilgrimage. In 1939, the third institution of higher education in the state was established in this city. The famous Vaishnava temple temple of Assam Pataudi Satara and Sunderdea Satara are situated near this city. Barpeta is famous for the amazing Assamese jewelry. Its wood craft and ivory works bear distinctive mark of excellence in exquisite design and exclusive quality.

Kirtan Ghar, one of the prominent Vaishnavite shrines of Assam, is situated in this town. Mahapurush Madhavdeva. constructed a kind of stage named Rangial Ghar with a view to performing songs, dance, bhauna etc. in Barpeta. He had made Shri Mathura Das Aata chief (adhikar) of this institution before he went to Kochbihar. This is the biggest Vaishnavite temple of Assam. Three pedastals (Asana) .are put in the name of Shrimanta Sankardeva, Madhavdeva and Badula Aata here in this Kirtan Ghar, On the east end of Kirtan Ghar, there is a bent house (Bhaj Ghar), where a big earthen pitcher is kept on the north part as a container of mustard oil. There is a faith or saying that — that pitcher gets filled with oil automatically. Yatra-Bhaona etc are performed at the open area in front of Kirtan Ghar. Women are not allowed to enter into Kirtan Ghar. Women can sit in the portico, but they can not enter into the main house. Legend says that, Mathura Das Aata’s wife used to light-up earthen lamps during his absence. No woman is allowed to enter in the fear that she may make the place unholy by suddenly getting her monthly course.

 
Barpeta Road is the important railway station and biggest trade and commercial centre of the district. It is the gateway to the Manas sanctuary. Sorbhog is another important town famous for milk and milk products. Pathsara, a flourishing town, is a cultural centre of Assam: Pathsala has played a pioneering role in popularising mobile theatre movement of Assam. Sarthebari is the nerve centre of bell metal craft and brassware production.
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