Murshidabad, West Bengal, India

Murshidabad is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River, a tributary of the Ganges River. It forms part of the Murshidabad district. During the 18th-century, Murshidabad was a prosperous city. It was the capital of the Bengal Subah in the Mughal Empire for seventy years, with a jurisdiction covering modern-day Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. It was the seat of the hereditary Nawab of Bengal and the state's treasury, revenue office and judiciary. Murshidabad was a cosmopolitan city. It was home to wealthy banking and merchant families from different parts of the Indian subcontinent and wider Eurasia, including the Jagat Seth and Armenians.

European companies, including the British East India Company, the French East India Company, the Dutch East India Company and the Danish East India Company, conducted business and operated factories around the city. Silk was a major product of Murshidabad. The city was also a centre of art and culture, including for ivory sculptors, Hindustani classical music and the Murshidabad style of Mughal painting. The city today is a center for agriculture, handicrafts and sericulture. The famous Murshidabad Silk, much in demand for making saris and scarves, is produced here.

West Bengal, India - Howrah Bridge over the River Ganges 
West Bengal, India - Howrah Bridge over the River Ganges
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Murshidabad has a population of over 44,019 people.

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