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Chandannagar

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Chandannagar, formerly spelled as Chandernagore, is a Corporation city and former French colony located about 35km north of Kolkata, in West Bengal, India. It is headquarter of Chandannagore subdivision of Hooghly district. It is one of the 7 municipal corporations in West Bengal. It is a part of the area covered by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. Located on the Hooghly River, the city has been able to maintain a unique identity different from all other cities and abide by her own characteristics. The total area is 19km2, and had a population of 166,867 at the 2011 Census. Chandannagar is connected to Kolkata by railway, roadways and Hooghly river and it takes about an hour to reach there by car.Origin of name of ChandannagarThe name Chandannagar is possibly derived from the shape of the bank of the river Hooghly which is bent like a half moon, so originally it was chander nagar. From the river bank it looked like a moon-shaped necklace . Some local people say that once, the place was the major hub of the trade of Sandal . In some old documents the spelling of Chandannagar was Chandernagore which probably came from Chandra Nagar. To mention, Chandra is the Bengali of Moon. One more reason behind the name is, in Chandernagore there is a temple of Goddess 'Chandi'. So it might come from there. But earlier people knew the place by the name Farasdangaor "France donmgi" as it was a French colony .The name Pharasdanga appears in Bengali literature.
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