Ben: বাঁকুড়া bām̐kuṛā
‘Bir Bankura’s (City)’ City/District, West Bengal
Raja Bir Hambir was a 16-17thC ruler (Malla dynasty). He offered assistance to the Mughal emperor Akbar and recognised the hegemony of the Muslim viceroys of Bengal. He divided his kingdom between his 22 sons. Bir Bankura inherited Taraf Jaybelia, and the town he founded and developed here was named after him.
Given its position on the Dwarkeswar river a topographical derivation is also possible [Ben: bānka, ‘curve’, ‘bend’; Ben/Skt:: pura→ura/ur, ‘town’].
The Vaishnavite Rasmancha Temple at Bishnupur was built by Raja Bir Hambir in 1600.
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