Kishoreganj District

Kishorganj, the prestigious, renowned land of pure cheese, geographically is positioned at between 24°02′ and 24°38′ north latitudes and 90°02′ and 91°13′ east longitude. Kishoreganj, a district located on the bank of the Narasunda river is a fertile land with diversified landscapes of different types of water reservoirs and plain land as a whole standing occupying an area of 2731.21 square kilometres.

Kishoreganj, the district which once used to be nothing but a Mahakuma (small portion) of Mymensingh district now operates all its administrative activities under Dhaka division. Kishoreganj found it’s existence for the first time ever as a sub-division( Mahakuma) in 1860 of Mymensingh district and later it was ameliorated to a district in 1984.

Kishoreganj possesses a population of 1489739 and a literacy rate of with a male-female ratio chronologically 49% and 51% and a literacy rate of 40.3% (according to Bangladesh population census 2011).
The district has been doing absolutely splendidly with thirteen Upazilas, eight municipalities, 108 unions, thirteen thanas and eight police outposts.

The most significant traditional space of Kishoreganj is Sholakia Eidgah as this Eid gah (where Eid prayers of Muslims take place every year) is the largest (6.61 acres) of all the existing Eidgah of the whole Asia continent and approximately two lakh religious Muslims pray here every year in such a special occasion.

The district administration has been the most essential institution of the government on the ground since its inception. Since the city is one of the largest districts in the country, its activities are also pervasive. The district also has an incredible record of implementing countless comprehensive programmes.

The district is ringed by Netrokona and Mymensingh districts on the north, Narsingdi and Brahmanbaria districts on the south, Sunamganj and Habiganj districts on the east, Mymensingh and Gazipur districts on the west.

History is the mirror of any nation. Through history, the country sees its proper form and nature. In light of history, people seek the root of their past and live in the present and search for the future. Kishoreganj district has a long enriched history and widespread traditions.

Taking administrative context under consideration, Kishoreganj is pretty popular and well regarded as one of the largest districts in the country. All the villages of Bangladesh possess diversity and maintain the golden tradition.

On 1st May 1787, Mymensingh was established as the largest district of the Indian subcontinent. But today’s focused district to discuss, Kishoreganj once used to be operated under Mymensingh.

Historical evidence analysis shows that although the ancient festivity of Bajitpur, Nikli, Hossainpur and Junglebari is very much a traditional district, the district of The Rajpur is today recognized as the most famous of the ancient historical rich regions of the present era. The area was under the kamup kingdom during the epic period. Then the Guptas, the Bormans, the Pal and The Sen dynasty took the throne of the region.

However, no family or king has had complete control over the area. The presence of small independent states in the region played a huge role in deciding their fate. The jungle house (Lord house) of the territory used to be a little independent kingdom. During the middle ages, during the reign of Alauddin Hussain Shah (1493-1519), Muslim rule was extended in the great Mymensingh. The entire region of the Koch-dominated area came under Muslim control during the reign of Emperor Akbar.

Kishoreganj subdivision was settled in 1860 AD. The first administrator of the subdivision was Mr Boxell. The present Kishoreganj belonged to erstwhile Jowar Hossainpur Pargana. Even in the late eighteenth century, the Kishoreganj area was well recognized as “Katkhali”. From the ideas and rumours of the scholars, it is inferred that the zamindar of this district, Brajkishore, has named Kishoreganj by adding ‘Kishor’ of Nandakishore Pramanik and ‘Ganj’ of his established hat or ganj.

There are a total 11 mass killing sites, one martyr memorial, one mass grave, one memorial plate, one memorial and one memorial sculpture in Kishoreganj as the marks of the struggles in the time of liberation war.

Kishoreganj is a riverine district, and this statement undoubtedly is an accurate, true, beautiful and successful statement. Major river incorporates Brahmaputra, Meghna, Dhanu, Ghorautra, Boulai, Narsunda, Mogra, Barmanni, Chinai, Singua, Suti, Arial Khan, Fuleshwari, Swaijani, Kali, Kulaganj rivers. Kishoreganj district is bounded on the east by Meghna, on the west by the Brahmaputra, on the north by Netrokona, Kangs, Magra, Baulai and their innumerable tributaries. These rivers flow south and assemble near Bhairab.

Many villages and hoars (water reservoirs) mentioned in (Pala) folk tales and dramas of Mymensingh Gitika compiled by the great Dineshchandra belong to Kishoreganj district.
Bhatiali, Meyeli (women folk songs) geet are popular practices of singing culture here.

This district gave birth to some most prominent leaders of the country like Syed Nazrul Islam, the first president (war-interim government) of the country, the present president Abdul Hamid, the previous president late Jillur Rahaman and legendary laureates like Dbij Bangshidash (author of Manasha Mangal), Upendrakishore Roy, Shukumar Roy, professor Nirod Chandra Chowdhury, historians Kedarnath Majumder, Anondo Mohon Basu and many more!

Specially Kishoreganj was home to the first lady poet of Bangladesh corresponding to medieval period. She is considered the first lady poet of Bengali language as well.

At a glance of  Kishoreganj
01 Area 2688.59 sq km
02 Population 30,28,706

Male: 49%


03 Founding Year 1 February, 1984
03 Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
04 Literacy Rate 40.3%
05 Seats in the Parliament 6
06 Postcode 2300
07 Sector in Liberation War

Sub-districts or Upazila (8)

  • Astagram.
  • Bajitpur.
  • Bhairab
  • Hossainpur.
  • Itna.
  • Karimganj.
  • Katiadi.
  • Kishoreganj Sadar.
  • Kuliarchar.
  • Mithamain.
  • Nikli.
  • Pakundia.
  • Tarail.

Main Rivers

  • Baurii
  • Dhanu
  • Ghorautra
  • Kalni
  • Meghna,
  • Narasunda
  • Old Brahmaputra
  • Piyain
  • Singuya

Places to Interest

  • Egaro sindur
  • Fairy tales
  • Jangalbari fort,
  • Mazar Sharif,
  • Poet chandravati Shiv Mandir
  • Sadi mosque,Fort of Isa Kha
  • Samsuddin Bokhari
  • Shah Mahmud mosque

Notable Person

  • Abdul Hamid
  • Anandamohan Bose
  • Ilias Kanchan
  • Ivy Rahman
  • Jahurul Islam
  • Nirad C. Chaudhuri
  • Syed Ashraful Islam
  • Syed Nazrul Islam
  • Trailokyanath Chakravarty
  • Upendrakishore Ray Chowdhury
  • Zainul Abedin
  • Zillur Rahman

Written & edited by Niaz Mahmud Sakib

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