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About Coochbehar

CoochbeharCooch Behar the land of Koch Rajbongshi people. Cooch Behar (Bengali : কোচবিহার, Rajbongshi/Kamatapuri : কোচবিহার) is a district of the state of West Bengal, India, as well as the name of the town which gives its name to the district. During the British Raj, the town of Cooch Behar was the seat of a princely state of the same name, ruled by the Narayan dynasty. In course of time, Cooch Behar has been transformed from a kingdom to a state and from a state to the present status of a district. Before 28 August 1949, Cooch Behar was a Princely state ruled by the king of Cooch Behar,India came into force on 12 September 1949. Eventually, Cooch Behar was transferred and merged with the province of West Bengal on 19 January 1950 and from that date Cooch Behar emerged as a new District in the administrative map of West Bengal.

cooch2The name "Cooch-Behar" is derived from the name of the KochRajbongshi tribe that is indigenous to this area. The word "Behar" is the Sanskrit word "bihar" (to travel) which means the land through which the "KochRajbongshi" Kings used to travel or roam about ("bihar"). The great KochRajbongshi King that has ever ruled in the Kingdom of Kamatapur is Maharaj Naranarayan, as well as his younger brother Prince Chilaray and other descendents. The Historical Kamatapur Comprises the total North Bengal maximum parts of Assam, some parts of present Bangladesh and a few parts of Bhutan. Visit the Indian Gov. Official URL to know more about Rajbongshi, Kamata Kingdom, and the Present Royal Family of Cooch Behar.

The famous Coochbehar palace (rajbari), Madan Mohan Mandir, Sagar Dighi etc. are interesting.

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