Sonitpur district

Sonitpur District

Sonitpur district

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Sonitpur () is an administrative district in the state of Assam in India. The district headquarters are located at Tezpur. The district has an area of 5,324 km² and has a population of 1,681,513 (as of 2001). Hindus 1,287,646, Muslims 268,078 (15.94%).

Tezpur (Assamese: তেজপুৰ) is a city and the administrative headquarters and municipal board of Sonitpur district in the state of Assam in northeastern India. Tezpur is an ancient city on the banks of the river Brahmaputra and is the largest of the north bank towns with a population exceeding 100,000. It is situated 175 kilometres (109 mi) north east of Guwahati.

Origin of the nameThe name Tezpur is derived from the Sanskrit words 'Teza' (meaning blood) and 'Pura' (meaning town or city). Legend has it that the original name of this place was 'Sonitpur' ("sonit" in Sanskrit also means blood!) but when the battle between Krishna's army and Banasura's army fought for the rescue of Aniruddha (who was the grandson of Lord Krishna, according to legend) there was so much bloodshed that the whole place was stained in red. This led to the name of the place becoming Tezpur.It is the fifth largest city of assam after Guwahati,Dibrugarh,Jorhat and Silchar.

Cultural Heritage

Bishnu Rabha Smriti UdyanTezpur is considered to be the cultural capital of Assamese culture. Being from the core Assamese cultural region, the town has produced many stalwarts such as Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala (1903–51), Kalaguru...
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