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Bhagalpur

Bhagalpur is a city and municipal corporation in Bihar state in eastern India. It is the administrative headquarters of Bhagalpur District. Bhagalpur is acclaimed world over for its Silk products and often addressed as the "Silk City". Bhagalpur is the distorted form of Bhagdatpuram as it was called during the apex of Ang Kingdom and has been the seat of power of the same. The city has been the centre of trade and commerce and one of the most influential in "Aryavarta" or India of that time and was concurrent to Patliputra or Patna. Bhagdatpuram finds its mention in the Vedas and Ramayana as well. It is supposed to be the kingdom of Daanvir Karna "the son of Kunti from God Sun" and was called Ang Pradesh.The word Bhagalpur literally means 'City of good luck.

History

Early civilizations have fostered along the fertile coasts of the river Ganges. Bhagalpur has often been referred to as Bhagaddat-Puram in ancient Sanskrit literature such as the Ramanaya, Mahabharatha and Panchtantra. "Vish-hari Puja" or the worship of the snake queen traces its roots to hundreds of years and is still celebrated every year with thousands of believers and snake charmers offering milk to the Nag(the snake King) and Nageen (The snake Queen).

Bhagalpur formed a part of the ancient Sanskrit kingdom of Anga. In later times it was included in the powerful Hindu kingdom of Magadha or Behar, and in the 7th century A.D. it was an independent state, with the city of Champa for its capital. It afterwards formed a part of the Mahommedan kingdom of Gaur, and was subsequently subjugated by Akbar, who declared it to be a part of the Delhi empire. Bhagalpur passed to the East India Company by the grant of the emperor Shah Alam in 1765.

Economy

Angika is the main language of Bhagalpur. Angika is one of the oldest language of the world, which was known as Aangi during ancient time. Angika is spoken by more than 30 million of Indian and around 50 million population worldwide. Among others Hindi and English are the main languages. Nearly 75% of the population speaks English, out of which 50% are quite fluent. Most of the people here are well educated and friendly in nature.

Angika is the only one of the Bihari languages which can be used in the Google Search Engine; Google-Angika has been available since 2004[citation needed]. The oldest poetry of the Hindi language (e.g., poetries written by Saraha, also known by the name Sarahapa, were written in the Angika language during the 8th century.

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