A long time ago, a determined sepoy named Mangal Pandey rose in revolt against the oppressive Britishers in Barrackpore which started a watershed event in the history of India, the Sepoy Mutiny of 1957.
But it was a long time ago.
Today, a beautiful garden named Shahid Mangal Pandey Maha Udyan with his statue installed stands testimony to the event which shook the British. It was at this place the brave man who raised his voice against the oppressive British regime was hanged on 8th April 1857.
Barrackpore today boasts of a population representing different cultures, religions, and communities. In terms of education, Barrackpore is much ahead of the state, district and even the national average. The literacy rate in Barrackpore was 87.51% compared to the national average of 64.84%. There are also a number of reputed schools, colleges, engineering and polytechnic institutes, imbibing the neighborhood with a sense of civility, culture, and purposefulness.
Barrackpore is a Self-dependent Town
Barrackpore is a self-dependent town with excellent infrastructure within the town. The town is also well connected to Kolkata by bus and train services. It is also well connected with Seoraphuli by ferry service over the Ganges. There are bus services to Barasat on the East and Shyambazar towards the South.
But the frequent trains from the Barrackpore station, a key junction on the main line of Sealdah (North Division) local train network, makes traveling to Kolkata rather comfortable.
In fact, it is quite convenient to avail of the Kolkata Metro from Noapara station after traveling there by local train.
Educational Facilities are Very Good
Barrackpore has an excellent educational infrastructure with good schools and colleges within the town.
Kendriya Vidyalaya, St. Augustine’s Day School, Douglas Memorial H. S. School, Sacred Heart Day High School, Bholananda National Vidyalaya, Latbagan High School, Assembly of Christ School are notable among other reputed schools in Barrackpore.
Moreover, Barrackpore is home to many Primary and Play Schools (e.g: Naba Nalanda School , Kidzee, S V Radiant, Path Bhaban School, Sabuj Sathi, First Step Play School).
Does the town have colleges? Yes, it has.
While Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College and Mahadevananda Mahavidyalaya are within city limits, Rishi Bankim Chandra College at Naihati is not very far. Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission is also quite renowned for Humanities subjects and B. Ed.
As it takes about 45 minutes to travel to Sealdah by train, a large number of students regularly commute to study in various colleges in Kolkata.
Barrackpore is Home to a Vibrant and Respectable Community
The Army/Airforce cantonment is the biggest landscape of the town and because of the long presence of the cantonment (in fact, it was the site of first army cantonment by the British) Barrackpore has a large population of the army and air force personnel.
Barrackpore is also the headquarters of the Barrackpore sub-division in the North 24 Parganas district and is a part of the area covered under KMDA. Traditionally the town has a significant number of government employees as residents. The town has a court also and you will find quite a few lawyers residing here too.
Like the other areas around Kolkata, Barrackpore is also seeing new-age shopping malls, restaurants and movie theatres coming up. Among them, Jayanti Cinema and Regent Station mall is worth mentioning.
The town also boasts of Gandhi museum or the Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalay is one of the most prominent research centers in India. This museum in Barrackpore is spread over five galleries, a study centre and a massive library. It is known to be one of the foremost museums in the country, which houses information on Mahatma Gandhi. Barthomew Cathedral, constructed in 1847, is illustrative of majestic gothic architectural style. The 700-year-old Kali temple is also greatly revered and has huge historic relevance. It is believed that the wife of Job Charnock used to come here to worship the deity. The famous Tarakeshwar temple is across the Ganges.
Barrackpore is situated just on the bank of the Ganges and there are excellent residential complexes coming up overlooking the Ganges with all modern facilities.
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