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Ketugram is a village in Ketugram II CD block in Katwa subdivision of Purba Bardhaman district in the state of West Bengal, India.

Ketugram
Village
Ketugram is located in West Bengal
Ketugram
Ketugram
Location in West Bengal, India
Ketugram is located in India
Ketugram
Ketugram
Ketugram (India)
Coordinates: 23°42′06.0″N 88°02′38.0″E / 23.701667°N 88.043889°E / 23.701667; 88.043889Coordinates: 23°42′06.0″N 88°02′38.0″E / 23.701667°N 88.043889°E / 23.701667; 88.043889
Country India
StateWest Bengal
DistrictPurba Bardhaman
Population
 (2011)
 • Total9,990
Languages
 • OfficialBengali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
713140 (Ketugram)<
Telephone/STD code03453
Lok Sabha constituencyBolpur
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKetugram
Websitebardhaman.gov.in

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EtymologyEdit

It is said that Ketugram was named after Chandraketu, son of king Bhopal. The earlier name of Ketugram was Bahula.[1]

HistoryEdit

According to Binoy Ghosh, it claimed by some that Ketugram was the birthplace of 14th century lyric poet Chandidas of Vaishnava Padavali fame. It is said that the people of Ketugram were furious with Chandidas for marrying a low-caste widow. He went away to Nanoor in adjoining Birbhum district, along with the idol of Bisalakshi that he used to worship. Later, when hostilities subsided, Chandidas was even accepted back in Ketugram as the priest of Bahulakshi temple. The place in the northern part of Ketugram, which is believed to be the birth-place of Chandidas, is even today referred to by the locals as “Chandibhita”.[1]

GeographyEdit

 
Cities and towns in the Katwa subdivision of Purba Bardhaman district
M: municipal city/ town, CT: census town, R: rural/ urban centre, H: historical place/ religious and/ or cultural centre, C: craft centre.
Owing to space constraints in the small map, the actual locations in a larger map may vary slightly

PhysiographyEdit

Ketugram is in the flat alluvial Kanksa Ketugram plain, which lies along the Ajay.[2]

Police stationEdit

Ketugram police station has jurisdiction over Ketugram I and Ketugram II CD Blocks. The area covered is 359 km2.[3][4]

UrbanisationEdit

88.44% of the population of Katwa subdivision live in the rural areas. Only 11.56% of the population live in the urban areas.[5]The map alongside presents some of the notable locations in the subdivision. All places marked in the map are linked in the larger full screen map.

DemographicsEdit

As per the 2011 Census of India Ketugram had a total population of 9,990, of which 5,127 (51%) were males and 4,863 (49%) were females. Population below 6 years was 1,218. The total number of literates in Ketugram was 5,603 (63.87% of the population over 6 years).[6]

Bahula shakti peethaEdit

Bahula, in Ketugram, is one of the fifty-one shakti peethas. The left foot of Sati fell here.[1]

See also - Sati and Shakti Peetha for mythological details on the subject.

According to other sources, the left arm of Sati fell here. While Sati is worshipped as Bahula (lavish), Shiva is worshipped as Bhiruk (Sarvasiddhivinayak). The stone image of Bahula, along with those of Kartikeya and Ganesha, was established by Raja Chandraketu.[7][8]

Note: Some sources mention the temple being on the bank of the Ajay River, but presently it is away from the river. See map above.

TransportEdit

The State Highway 6, running from Rajnagar (in Birbhum district) to Alampur (in (Howrah district), passes through Ketugram.[9]

Ketugram is 8 km from Katwa Junction railway station.[7]

EducationEdit

Ketugram Sir Asutosh Memorial Institution, a coeducational institution, is affiliated with the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education.[10] It is also affiliated with West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education.[11]It was established in 1924.[12]

HealthcareEdit

Ketugram block primary health centre at Ketugram (with 15 beds) is the main medical facility in Ketugram II CD block. There are primary health centres at Sibloon (with 10 beds) and Sitahati (with 4 beds).[13] In 2012, the average monthly patients attending Ketugram BPHC were 7,034 and average monthly admissions were 86. It handled 657 annual emergency admissions.[14]

See also - Healthcare in West Bengal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Ghosh, Binoy, Paschim Banger Sanskriti, (in Bengali), part I, 1976 edition, pages 188-189, Prakash Bhaban
  2. ^ "Census of India 2011, West Bengal: District Census Handbook, Barddhaman" (PDF). Physiography, pages 13-14. Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Bardhaman". Tables 2.1, 2.2. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Purba Bardhaman District Police". Police Station. West Bengal Police. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  5. ^ "District Statistical Handbook 2014 Bardhaman". Table 2.2. Department of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  6. ^ "2011 Census – Primary Census Abstract Data Tables". West Bengal – District-wise. Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Experience Bengal". Bahula Temple. Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  8. ^ Chattopadhyay, Akkori, Bardhaman Jelar Itihas O Lok Sanskriti (History and Folk lore of Bardhaman District.), (in Bengali), Vol II, page 587, Radical Impression. ISBN 81-85459-36-3
  9. ^ "List of State Highways in West Bengal". West Bengal Traffic Police. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  10. ^ "West Bengal Board of Secondary Education". Burdwan. WBBSE. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  11. ^ "West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education". Budwan. WBCHSE. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Ketugram S.A.M. Institution School". ICBSE. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Health & Family Welfare Department". Health Statistics. Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Performancee of Block Primary Health Centres (BPHC) in West Bengal during 2012 (January to December)" (PDF). Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal. Retrieved 9 March 2019.