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Krishnagar is often called the cultural hub of the region, especially in terms of its contribution in the field of literature. Situated beside the Jalangi River, it is the headquarters of Nadia district and is located at an elevation of 14 meters (45 feet) above sea level. Several prominent personalities like Raja Krishnachandra, Dwijendra Lal Roy, Bharat Chandra and Narayan Sanyal hailed from this region enriching the literary & cultural society of India.
Located at a distance of 118 km north from Kolkata, Krishnagar is often the preferred excursion destination for the tourist. The fact that it is well connected by road and rail to different parts of the state also helps the cause. However, the chief attraction of Krishnagar is a locality called Ghurni which is home to various artists producing clay works. It is said that Raja Krishnachandra was instrumental in settling a few families of talented clay artists in the area that later grew and flourished. Images of Hindu god and goddess, human figures and real life objects are the focus of most clay works. Several shops and open studios are selling such traditional images are a hit amongst the tourists.
Apart from a culture of stage acting, the village has a vibrant tradition of literary exchange among small groups of writers and poets. Krishnagar is also known for its rich educational facilities and Krishnagar Collegiate School, Dwijendralal College, Holy Family, Krishnagar Government College and Government Girls' school are few of the schools situated here. The Jagaddhatri Puja is another of its popular attraction, celebrated with much enthusiasm and grandeur. Lightings are especially brought in from the town of Chandannagar during this annual festival. Besides, the sweets of Krishnagar like Sarbhaja and Sarpuria are famous throughout the state.
Places of interest
Roman Catholic Church, the sacred church is known for housing famous for housing 27 oil paintings describing the life of Jesus Christ. The architectural and sculptural splendor, especially the wooden sculptures by Italian artists are worth admiring. Rajbari Royal Palace, the Protestant Church, College Bhavan (1846), the Krishnanagar Academy and the Public Library (1856) are other places to see at Krishnagar.