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Shariatpur District (dhaka division) area 1181.53 sq km, located in between 23°01′ and 23°27′ north latitudes and in between 90°13′ and 90°36′ east longitudes. It is bounded by munshiganj district on the north, barisal district on the south, chandpur district on the east, madaripur district on the west.

Population Total 1082300; male 543838, female 538462; Muslim 1041584, Hindu 40491, Buddhist 60, Christian 28 and others 137.

Water bodies Main rivers: padma, meghna, Palong, Jayanti.

Administration Shariatpur District was formed on 1 March 1984. Of the six upazilas of the district bhedarganj is the largest (311.24 sq km) and damudya is the smallest (91.76 sq km).

Area (sq km) Upazila Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density (per sq km) Literacy rate (%)
Urban Rural
1225.51 6 5 64 608 1235 114776 967524 933 38.95
Others Information of District
Name of Upazila Area (sq km) Municipality Union Mouza Village Population Density
(per sq km)
Literacy rate
Gosairhat 167.86 7 84 210 124014 739 32.02
Zanjira 239.53 1 12 126 195 179322 749 31.0
Damudya 91.76 1 7 60 121 116643 1269 43.1
Naria 240.02 1 14 146 187 225536 940 41.3
Bhedarganj 311.24 1 13 87 371 237769 764 40.4
Shariatpur Sadar 175.10 1 11 105 151 199016 1137 43.2

Source Bangladesh Population Census 2001, Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.

History of the War of Liberation In 1971 the Pak army in collaboration with their local agents conducted mass killing and plundering; they also set many houses of the district on fire. During the war of liberation a number of encounters were held in Shariatpur sadar upazila between the freedom fighters and the Pak army in which about 313 Pak soldiers were killed. A number of freedom fighters were killed in two encounters and one frontal battle with the Pak army in Bhedarganj upazila. Nine freedom fighters including Ahsanul Hoque and Abdul Wahab were killed in an encounter with the Pak army at a place on the southern side of Damudya College. Muktijoddha and Mujib Bahini jointly conducted attack on the Pak army by guerrilla technique in the upazila. Five freedom fighters were killed in an encounter with the Pak army in Gosairhat upazila. The freedom fighters of Naria raided the Naria Police Station and captured all the arms and ammunitions of the thana. In retaliation, the Pak army sacked the nearby villages. During the War of Liberation a number of encounters were held between the freedom fighters and the Pak army in Zanjira upazila in which a number of freedom fighters were killed.

Marks of the War of Liberation Mass grave 1 (Mahisar); martyrs’ memorial 9; memorial monument 8.

Literacy rate and educational institutions Average literacy 38.95%; male 42.17%, female 35.77%. Educational institutions: college 16, secondary school 102, primary school 772, madrasa 42. Noted educational institutions: Shariatpur Government College, Shariatpur Government Girls’ High School, Palong Tulasar Gurudas Government High School, Palong Multilateral High School (1939), Domsar Jagatchandra Institution (1907), Chikandi Sharaf Ali High School (1884), Rudrakar Neelmani High School (1915), Kagdi Government Primary School, Shariatpur Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, Angaria Osmania Qaumia Madrasa, Kauadi Dakhil Madrasa.’

Main sources of income Agriculture 61.66%, non-agricultural labourer 2.64%, industry 0.91%, commerce 14.34%, transport and communication 2.41%, service 6.41%, construction 1.13%, religious service 0.28%, rent and remittance 2.71% and others 7.51%.

Newspapers and periodicals Daily: Hunker; weekly: Muktir Kantha, Shetu, Kagojer Pata, Saptapalli Samachar; defunct weekly: Chikandi Barta, Shariatpur Barta, Rudrakantha, Jabanbandhi.

Folk culture Most notable folk festivals of the district include Bangla Nababarsa (Bangla New Year’s Day), Chaitra Sankranti and boat race. Popular folk songs include Jarigan, Kabigan, Biyer Gan (songs sung in the marriage ceremony). Besides, Jatra and folk drama are also prevalent in the district. Various folk games and sports including Ha-du-du, Gollachhut, Dariabandha are notable. Bull fights were earlier held in Paus and Chaitra Sankranti.

Tourists spots Fateh Jangapur Fort (Naria).

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