Originally known as Makhsudabad, it is believed that it was founded by the Mughal emperor Akbar in the 16th century. In 1704 the governor (governor) Murshid Qulī Khan (following the orders of Aurangzeb) transferred the capital from Dacca (now Dhaka, Bangladesh) and renamed the town of Murshidabad. It continued to be the capital under the English until 1790 and is still the seat of the prominent descendants of the Bengal wabs. Murshidabad has several colleges affiliated with the University of Calcutta. The town is now famous for its tourist attractions as well as the thriving craft industry.
The town today is a center for agriculture, crafts, and sericulture. The famous Murshidabad Silk, much needed for making saris and scarves, is produced here. The town's main attractions are Hazarduari Palace, Nizamat Imambara etc.
The region has an area of 5324 km2.
There are 5 total districts in Murshidabad.
There are 1886 villages in the region.
There are a total of 72 towns in the region.
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