Bikrampur

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Bikrampur ( Bikrômpur) pargana is situated 12 miles south of Dhaka, the modern-day capital of Bangladesh. It lies in the Munshiganj District. It is a historic region in Bengal. The region is famous for its early Buddhist scholarships and in the later period for its cultural influences. It is known to be the oldest capital of Bengal since the Vedic Period until Bhawal and Sonargaon took over the title.

Etymology

It is believed that the name Bikrampur is derived from the word Vikramāditya (বিক্রমাদিত্য). Vikramāditya is a biblical king in Hindu religion. But several rulers including Chandragupta II, Dharmapal, Samrat Hemu also assumed the title Vikramāditya. So it is not certain after whom the region is named. Vikram (বিক্রম) means "valour" and Pur (পুর) is a common sub-continental location name suffix.

Area

Today there is no official recognition of Bikrampur area. People from an extensive region of the Munshiganj District claim as the residents of Bikrampur. Roughly it comprised the area with the river Padma on the west, the Dhaleswari on the north and east, and the confluence of the Arial Kha river and the Meghna River on the south.

According to a map from 1781, the river Kaliganga ran through the middle of the region creating the two parts - Uttara (North) Bikramapur and Daksina (South) Bikramapur. It stretched 30 to 40 miles from east to west and...
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