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- This article is about the city. For the district, see Bogra District. For the cantonment, see Bogra Cantonment. For the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, see Mohammad Ali Bogra
() is a town, and one of the oldest towns in northern Bangladesh
. It is a centre of commerce and trade within the Bogra District
and located under the Rajshahi Division
. Bogra is sometimes described as the nerve centre of Northern Bangladesh
. Amongst many notable activities, it has been hosting cricket test matches
in Shaheed Chandu Stadium
. Bogra is also the battle honour of 5/11 Gorkha Rifles
of Indian Army which fought a fierce battle with Pakistani army here during the Liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971 along with Muktibahni.
Bogra town also has an importance in terms of transport in northern Bangladesh, as it's situated at the centre.Very close to the town there is a place called Mahasthangarh
which was the earliest capital city of Bangladesh, formerly known as Pundravardhana
. This place is considered to be sacred by Buddhists, Muslims and Hindus alike and is visited by tourists from all over Bangladesh throughout the year.
Former president of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman
and Muhammad Ali Bogra
a former Prime Minister of Pakistan both were born in the district.
The history says it was the oldest city of Bengal in the Great Emperor Ashoka's India. He conquered the Bengal (Bongo) and founded this old city called Pundra......