city, administrative headquarters of Nadia district, West Bengal state, northeastern India, just south of the Jalangi River. A road and rail junction, it is the major agricultural distribution centre for the district. Sugar milling is the major industry, and Ghurni, a suburb, is famous for the manufacture of coloured clay figures. The city, constituted a municipality in 1864, contains the residence of the maharaja of Nadia and is a Christian evangelistic centre. It is also the site of a hospital, a horticultural research station and jute nursery, and an agricultural training centre. A large fair is held annually. Pop. (1991 prelim.) 120,918.

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