Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Details of Shariatpur District

Background, Geographic Area and Location: Shariatpur was a sub-division of former Faridpur zila. It was up-graded to zila on the first March, 1984. The zila was named Shariatpur after the name of Hazi Shariatullah, who was a distinguished personality and a renowned Pir of the locality.

The zila is bounded on the north by Munshiganj zila, on the east by Chandpur zila, on the south by Barisal zila and on the west by Madaripur zila. It lies between 23º 01' and 23º 27' north latitudes and between 90º 13' and 90º 36' east longitudes. Shariatpur zila consists of 6 upazilas, 64 unions, 608 mauzas and 1235 villages. It also composed of 3 paurashavas, 45 paura wards and 102 mahallas. The total area of the zila is 1174.05 sq. km (453.00 sq. miles).

Annual Average Temperature: Maximum 35.8°C and lowest 12.6°C; annual rainfall 2105 mm.

Main Rivers: Padma, Meghna, Palong and Kirtinasha.

Administration: Shariatpur zila was established on 1 March 1984. The area of the town is 25.5 sq. km. The zila consists of 6 upazilas, 65 unions, 556 mauzas, 1254 villages, 5 paurashavas, 45 wards and 96 mahallas. The upazilas are BHEDARGANJ, DAMUDYA, GOSAIRHAT, NARIA, SHARIATPUR SADAR and ZANJIRA.

Archaeological Heritage and Relics: South Baluchara Mosque, Bilaskhan Mosque (Mughal period), Fatehjongpur Fort, Kedarbari at Kedarpur, Haturia and Kartikpur zamindarbaris, Mohishar dighi (pond) and Burirhat Mosque.

Mark of the War of Liberation: Mass grave 2 (Mahisha and 'Digambari' Mayerr Bari).

Main Crops: Paddy, jute, wheat, sweet potato, onion, garlic, tomato.

Main Fruits: Blackberry, mango, banana and wood apple.

Traditional Transport: Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage (nearly extinct), boat.

Main Exports: Jute, onion, garlic, tomato.