Bogra District

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Bogra District
বগুড়া জেলা
Bogura District
Clockwise from top-left: Kherua Masjid, Fields in Sherpur Upazila, Street in Bogra, Sannasir Vita in Vasu Vihara, Gokul Medh in Mahasthangarh
Location of Bogra District in Bangladesh
Location of Bogra District in Bangladesh
Expandable map of Bogra District
Coordinates: 24°47′N 89°21′E / 24.78°N 89.35°E / 24.78; 89.35
Country Bangladesh
DivisionRajshahi Division
Pundravardhana1280 BC
 • Deputy CommissionerMd. Ziaul Hoque
 • Total2,899 km2 (1,119 sq mi)
 (2022 census)[2]
 • Total3,734,300
 • Density1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+06:00 (BST)
Postal code

Bogra District, officially known as Bogura District,[3] is a district in the northern part of Bangladesh, in the Rajshahi Division.[4] Bogra is an industrial city where many small and mid-sized companies are sited. Bogra was a part of the Pundravardhana territory of ancient Bengal and the ruins of its capital can be found in northern Bogra.


Ancient history[edit]

In the ancient period, Bogra District was a part of the territory of the Pundras or Paundras, which were known by the name of Pundravardhana, one of the kingdoms of ancient Bengal region and was separated by the Karatoya River from the more easterly kingdom of Prag-Jyotisha or Kamrupa. The name Pundravardhana frequently occurs in the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and the Puranas. According to the Mahabharata and the Puranas, Vasudeva, a powerful prince of the Pundra family, ruled over Pundravardhana as far back as 1280 B.C.[citation needed] The claims of the district to antiquity, however, mostly rely on an association with the old, fortified town that is now known as Mahasthangarh.[5]

The district was under the rule of the Mauryas in the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C. This is evidenced by the presence of pillars of Ashoka in many parts of Pundravardhana and the discovery of an ancient Brahmi inscription at Mahasthangarh in this district. Bhadra Bahu, a high monk of the Jain religion and the son of a Brahmin of Kotivarsha, was the Jain-Guru of Chandra Gupta Maurya. Ashoka was a firm believer in Buddhism and put to death many naked sectarians, presumably the Jains, in Pundravardhana.[5]

The Gupta authority of the third-to-fifth centuries A.D. over this district is revealed by the discovery of several inscriptions of that period from Pundravardhana, which was a Bhukti under the rule of Guptas till the end of the fifth century.[5]

Bogra was the part of Gauda Kingdom of ancient Bengal, after the rule of Guptas in Bengal. At the beginning of the seventh century, King Shashanka came upon the throne of Gauda and exercised his authority over Pundravardhana, including this district.[6] After the death of Shashanka, the region fell under the rule of Harshavardhana (626–647). This is evident from the account of a Chinese pilgrim Xuanzang, who may have visited Pundravardhana in 640 A.D.[6]

Medieval period[edit]

By the middle of the eighth century, Gopala I assumed control over the affairs of North Bengal, establishing a royal house known as the Pala Dynasty. After Gopal was elected king, he took his seat in Pundravardhana and ruled over the region up to c. 780 and was succeeded by his son Dharmapala (c. 781–821). The Pala Kings had peaceful possession of this district until the end of their rule over Bengal in the twelfth century. Dharmapala was the son of and successor to Gopala, extended his power beyond Pundravardhana. Like his father, he was a Buddhist and founded the Buddhist Vihara at Somapura Mahavihara in Varendra, the ruins of which in Naogaon District have been discovered.[6]

The Senas originally came from the Deccan Plateau and settled in West Bengal. Vijayasena was the first ruler of the dynasty. He defeated the last Pala king Madanapala and established his authority over the district. He was succeeded by his son Vallal Sena (1160–1178), who was in possession of the district. He built his capital at Bhabanipur Shaktipeeth, a Shakti Peeth in this district. Lakshmanasena (1178–1204), the son and successor of Vallal Sena, exercised authority over the district until he was driven out by Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khalji in 1204. Even after this date, a dynasty of Sena Rajas ruled over the north-eastern tract of this district for nearly a century as feudal chiefs of the Muslim rulers of Bengal. Their capital was at Kamalpur, a few miles to the north of Bhabanipur, a site of pilgrimage for Hindu devotees, and a little to the south of Sherpur Upazila. Achyuta Sena was the last prince of the line.[7]

British Era[edit]

The present Bogra District was first formed in 1821 during British rule. In the 1901 census, the population of the district on a reduced area was around 854,533, an increase of 11% over the past decade, and it also revealed there was no town with a population above 10,000.[8] The famous Prafulla Chaki (1888–1908) was born in this district. [9]

Post independence[edit]

During the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971, fighting occurred in the Bogra district during the Battle of Bogra between the allied troops of Mukti Bahini and Indian Army, and the Pakistan Army , with the former being victorious.[citation needed]

In 2018, the Government of Bangladesh changed the spelling of the district's name from Bogra to Bogura.[10]

Geography and climate[edit]

Formation of land[edit]

Karatoa River
Karatoa River near Mahasthangarh
RegionRajshahi Division

The area consisting of Sariakandi Upazila, Gabtali Upazila, Sonatala Upazila, and the majority of Dhunat is called the eastern alluvial tract. It is fertilized by silt from floodwaters. The eastern alluvion is one of the most fertile and prosperous areas in Bogra; jute, aman paddy, sugarcane and pulses are locally grown. Sometimes, as many as three cycles of crops are grown on one field in a year with little diminution in productivity.[11]

The western portion of the district is well-wooded with dense, shrub jungles in Upazilas of Sherpur and in parts of Sibganj, which has a large portion of cultivable wasteland. This part of the district is slightly higher than the eastern parts and is mostly above flood level. The soil of this part is generally suited to the growth of paddy. Adamdighi is well known for the fine qualities of rice, which is also grown to some extent in the Shibganj Upazila. [11]

The tract to the east of the Karatoya is a part of the valley of the Brahmaputra river; it is generally low-lying and intersected by numerous khals (canals, shallow swamps and marshes). It is subject to yearly inundation from the overflow of the Brahmaputra and gets a rich deposit of silt. There is very little jungle and almost the entire area is under cultivation.


There are many rivers in the Bogra District. The Karatoya is the central divider of the water channel in the district. The other rivers may be classified into the eastern and western systems.[12] Some of the major rivers in this district are:


The district has a humid subtropical climate. The average annual rainfall in this part of the country varies from 1400 mm to 1600 mm.[13]

Climate data for Bogra
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 23.0
Daily mean °C (°F) 16.4
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 9.8
Average precipitation mm (inches) 9
Average relative humidity (%) 44 34 36 45 63 74 74 74 72 68 50 46 57
Source: National newspapers


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1974 1,723,262—    
1981 2,108,622+2.93%
1991 2,669,287+2.39%
2001 3,013,056+1.22%
2011 3,400,874+1.22%
2022 3,734,300+0.85%

According to the 2022 Census of Bangladesh, Bogra District had 1,025,249 households and a population of 3,734,300, 25.7% of whom lived in urban areas. The population density was 1,288 people per km2. The literacy rate (age 7 and over) was 72.4%, compared to the national average of 74.7%.[2]

Religion in Bogra district (2011)[14]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated
Religion in present-day Bogura district[a]
Religion Population (1941)[15]: 92–93  Percentage (1941) Population (2011)[14] Percentage (2011)
Islam 892,627 86.21% 3,192,728 93.88%
Hinduism 139,868 13.51% 205,333 6.04%
Others [b] 2,968 0.29% 2,813 0.08%
Total Population 1,035,463 100% 3,400,874 100%

The main language of the district is Bengali; a Northern Bengali dialect is commonly used.[16]


  • Administrator of Zila Porishod: Mokbul Hossain[17]
  • Deputy Commissioner (DC): Md. Saiful Islam


Bogra has 12 upazilas (subdistricts):[4]


Notable residents[edit]

  • Mohammad Ali Bogra (1909–1963), Prime Minister of Pakistan (1953-1955), was elected to the legislature from Bogra.[18]
  • Prafulla Chaki (1888–1908), revolutionary and nationalist, was born in Bihar village.[19]
  • Mafiz Ali Chowdhury (1919-1994), cabinet minister, was elected to parliament from Bogra.[20]
  • Tarun Majumdar (1931-2022), Indian Bengali film director, was born in Bogra.[21]
  • M. R. Akhtar Mukul (1929–2004), author and journalist, migrated to Mahasthangarh after the Partition in 1947.[22]
  • Ziaur Rahman (1936–1981), President of Bangladesh (1977–1981), spent part of his childhood in Bagbari village.[23]
  • Begum Khaleda Zia (born 1945), former prime minister of Bangladesh, was elected to parliament from Bogra.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Bogra district excluding thanas of Joypurhat, Khetlal and Panchbibi thanas
  2. ^ Including Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Ad-Dharmis, or not stated


  1. ^ "District Statistics 2011: Bogra" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Population and Housing Census 2022: Preliminary Report. Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. August 2022. pp. viii, 28, 30, 39, 44, 46. ISBN 978-984-35-2977-0.
  3. ^ Mahadi Al Hasnat (2 April 2018). "Mixed reactions as govt changes English spellings of 5 district names". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b Md Nazmul Haq (2012). "Bogra District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  5. ^ a b c Bangladesh District Gazetteers:Bogra. Government of Bangladesh. 1979, pp. 27
  6. ^ a b c Bangladesh District Gazetteers:Bogra. Government of Bangladesh. 1979, pp. 27–28
  7. ^ Bangladesh District Gazetteers:Bogra. Government of Bangladesh. 1979, p. 28
  8. ^ Bogra – Encyclopædia Britannica article
  9. ^ "Chaki, Prafulla". Banglapedia. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  10. ^ "English spelling of five districts changed". New Age. Dhaka. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  11. ^ a b Bangladesh District Gazetteers:Bogra. Government of Bangladesh. 1979, p. 81
  12. ^ Bangladesh District Gazetteers:Bogra. Government of Bangladesh. 1979, pp. 2–8
  13. ^ "Climatic Variability and Coping with Drought in North Western Region of Bangladesh: An Empirical Study". June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 January 2022.
  14. ^ a b c "Bangladesh Population and Housing Census 2011 Zila Report – Bogra" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
  15. ^ "Census of India, 1941 Volume VI Bengal Province" (PDF).
  16. ^ Bangladesh District Gazetteers:Bogra. Government of Bangladesh. 1979, pp. 217–219
  17. ^ "AL men appointed administrators". The Daily Star. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  18. ^ Ali, Syed Hamde (20 October 2009). "Mohammed Ali of Bogra". The Daily Star. Archived from the original on 4 February 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  19. ^ Md. Muktadir Arif Mozammel (2012). "Chaki, Prafulla". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  20. ^ Akbar, Md. Ali (2012). "Chowdhury, Mafiz Ali". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  21. ^ Kamol, Ershad (2 August 2008). "A filmmaker's affinity for literature and Rabindra Sangeet". The Daily Star.
  22. ^ "Bangladesh: MR Akhtar Mukul passes away". The Daily Star. 27 June 2004. Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  23. ^ Emajuddin, Ahamed (2012). "Rahman, Shahid Ziaur". In Islam, Sirajul; Jamal, Ahmed A. (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  24. ^ "Parliament Election Result of 1991,1996,2001 Bangladesh Election Information and Statistics". Vote Monitor Networks. Archived from the original on 28 December 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2015.