Manikganj is a district in central Bangladesh. It is a part of the Dhaka Division.
Manikganj was formerly a subdivision of Dhaka District. It was turned into a district in 1984.
On the April 26, 1989 Manikganj was the site of, what was at the time, the world's worst tornado interms of loss-of-life. 1,300 people were initially reported as having been killed with 12,000 injured. The towns of Saturia and Manikgank Sadar were leveled and about 80,000 people were made homeless.
The three largest zamindaries based in Manikganj were the estates of Teota, Baliati and Dhankora.
TEOTA ESTATE: Largest, and relatively old, zamindari based in Manikganj (Shivalaya). This zamindari (with core landed properties in the erstwhile districts of Dacca, Faridpur, Pabna and Dinajpur) was divided into two 'circles', had a gross annual rental demand of about Rs. 5.5 lakhs, and paid over Rs. 1 lakh annually in revenue, cesses and taxes. The Teota zamindar family was founded by one Panchanan Choudhury (born c. 1740). It was the only family in Manikganj to have received the honorofic title of royalty (1877) as a personal distinction, as also exemption from the Arms Act and the right to be accompanied by a 15-member "following" anywhere in India. Interestingly, Goalondo, Daulatdia and Aricha were part of this estate. The zamindari was partitioned into the (8 anna) Teota Joy Sankar Estate, the 'Raj Taraf' and the 'Uttar Hissya' Estates, around 1914-20. Eminent public personalities from the Teota family include: Raja Shyama Sankar Roy Bahadur, CSI (philanthropic landlord; one of the founding members of the Indian Association; Vice-President, Theosophical Society), Parbati Sankar Roy Choudhuri, Kaiser-i-Hind (philanthropic landholder; pioneered the dharmagola-cooperative system of grain banking; active member of the British Indian Association, Indian Association and the Indian National Congress), Kumar Sankar Ray Choudhury (Barrister-at-law; Member, Central Legislative Assembly and Council of State), Kiran Sankar Roy Chowdhury (BA Oxon, Barrister-at-law; Congress leader, and parliamentarian; Leader of the Congress Party and Leader of the Opposition in Pakistan, shortly after independence; subsequently, Home Minister, West Bengal; litterateur), Kumud Sankar Ray Chaudhuri (medical luminary; philanthropist; nationalist politician), Himagna Sankar Roy Chaudhury (vocalist).
Palces of Interest:Tomb of Shah Rustam, forts at Fordnagar and DhakiJora, Imampara Jami Masjid, Teota Rajbari, Navaratna temple (Teota), Baliati Zamindar Bari, Ekdala fort, Machain Mosque, Dhankora Zamindar-bari, Katasgarh fort, Ibrahim Shah tomb.
Map of Manikganj
It has an area of about 1379 sq km, and is bounded by Tangail District on the north, Dhaka District on the east and Faridpur District on the south.
It has 1 municipality, 7 upazillas, and 65 union parishads. The upazillas are Manikganj Sadar, Singair, Shivalaya, Saturia, Harirampur, Ghior and Daulatpur.
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