Ben: রায়গঞ্জ rāẏagañja

‘Mustard Market’  City, West Bengal

Ben: rāi, ‘mustard’; and Hin/Ben/Urd: gañja, ‘central market’, ‘bazaar’, ‘storehouse’ [orig. Per: gāṅj, ‘treasure’].

Raiganj was founded as a river port trading in rice, jute, jaggery and mustard.

In its modern history it has emerged as a centre for refugees fleeing Partition (1947) and the Bangladesh war (1971).

The Kulik Bird Sanctuary near Raiganj features nearly 160 species of birds and more than 80,000 migratory birds pass through every year.

For related place names see Indian Place names and West Bengal place names.