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Murshidabad,The Silk Industry of West Bengal  

Introduction 
Murshidabad is a beautiful city and the district headquarters of Murshidabad district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The city is located on the southern banks of Bhagirathi River. It is famous for its silk textiles, the Murshidabad silk saris made from ivory and sholapith are light, vibrant and a must-buy. Murshidabad was the capital city of Bengal in the Mughal period and is the only place in India which has included European spellings in its name like Murshedabud, Muxadavad and Murshedebad etc. The city of Murshidabad is famous for its several palaces, mosques, tombs, gardens, raw silk and silk products, and of course for producing delicious mangoes and litchi.

History 
The name Murshidabad comes from the place known as Muksudabad which was the capital of Bengal during Murshid Quli Khan's rule. Before the advent of British, the city of Murshidabad was the capital of Bengal. It has a great significance in the Indian History as in 1757 the British defeated Siraj-ud-Daula in the Battle of Plassey, after which the entire nation was brought under the British Colonial Rule. Even after the conquest of Bengal by the British, Murshidabad remained for some time the seat of administration.

Tourism 
Murshidabad is a most beautiful tourist destination in the state of West Bengal. It is a colorful land with people of varied customs, traditions, communities and groups. This city is filled with stunning ashrams, temples, gardens and lakes. It is well connected with the major cities of the country through air, rail and road. There are many places to visit in Murshidabad are Hazarduari Palace, Imambara, Katra Masjid, Nasirpur Palace, Motijheel, Kathgola Garden and many others.

Places to visit 

Hazarduari Palace
Hazarduari Palace is a most beautiful palace located in Murshidabad. It spreads over an area of 41 arces and built in the European architectural style. This three-storey palace was built by Duncan McLeod 1837 for Nawab Najim Humaun Jah.

Nizamat Imambara
Nizamat Imambara is a most popular historical monument located in Murshidabad. It was constructed in the year of 1847 AD by Nawab Nazim Mansoor Ali Khan Feradun Jah. It is recognised as the largest Imambara not only in Bengal but also across India.

Katra Masjid
Katra Masjid is a most famous and oldest mosque in the city of Murshidabad. It was built in the year of 1723 by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan. This double storied mosque is built with brick and has an array of domes and two 70-ft tall octagonal minarets which have small holes used to keep weapons.

Tomb of Sujauddin
Tomb of Sujauddin is also a nice place to visit in the Murshidabad city. According to inscriptions on the tomb, Nawab Sujauddin constructed this mausoleum in 1738-39 AD. It is a must visit destination for students of history and architecture.

Area 5,324 kmĀ²
Population 7103807
Language Bengali, English
Pin Code 742101

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