Bhagalpur is a divisional town of historical importance situated on the southern bank of the Ganga river. Situated 220 km east of Patna, the state capital of Bihar, and 410 km north west of Calcutta. The city was referred to as one of the biggest trade centers in eastern India by the 7th century Chinese travellers. It is one of the major educational, commercial and political centres in Bihar and East India. It is the 3rd largest city of Bihar and also the headquarters of Bhagalpur district and Bhagalpur division.The city is famous worldwide for its silk(Tussar Silk) and mango production. The silk industry in this city is hundreds of years old and its inhabitants have been producing silk for generations. There is a Silk Institute and Agricultural college here, as well as a University, and Engineering, Medical and Homoeopathic colleges.The religious festival of "Vish-hari Puja" or "the worship of the Snake Queen" traces its roots back 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). References to Bhagalpur can be found in Indian epics like the Ramayana and the Mahabharata where Bhagalpur has been described as the kingdom of Anga.The Government of India has established a Hand-loom park. A food park has been established by private entrepreneurs. Print media include the Hindi Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhaskar, Aaj, Hindustan ( under Hindustan Times ) and Prabhat Khabar,, while English Times Of India, The Telegraph and Hindustan Times are also available.Chhath Puja , Kali Puja and Dussehra are the major festivals of Bhagalpur.Bihula & Bishahari puja is specially celebrated in Bhagalpur. The popular language of Bhagalpur is Angika, a regional language which is reported to be spoken by 15 million people world wide and is considered to be one of the oldest languages of the world.
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