Hin:भागलपुर bhāglapur

‘City of Fortune’ [Bhagatpur] City, Bihar

From Hin/Urd: भाग्य bhāg, ‘good fortune’, ‘luck’, ‘prosperity’;  and Skt: पुर  pur(a) ‘town’, ‘city’

Bhagalpur is also known as the ‘City of Silk’. It producess Bhagalpuri or Tussar silk made from the cocoons of Antheraea paphia silkworms. The silk is used for saris, shawls and craft products.

In the Mahabharata Bhagatpur was part of the Anga kingdom of Karna, who was a skilled warrior pitted against Arjuna.

Bhagalpur District is situated on the Ganges and is home to the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary which is situated on a 50km section of the Ganges. Only a hundred of these dolphins have survived and half of them live here.

Video: 7 Wonders of India: Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary

For related place names see Indian Place names and Bihar place names.


A Gangetic Dolphin at Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary, Bhagalpur District (Bihar).

Dolphin at Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary                    Mr mrinal kaushik