Hooghly is one of the districts of the state of West Bengal in India named after the Hooghly River. There are four subdivisions: Chinsura, Serampore, Chandannager, and Arambag. The district has thousands of years of rich heritage as part of the Bengali kingdom of Bhurshut. The first European to reach this area was the Portuguese sailor Vasco da Gama. Hooghly is one of the most economically developed districts in West Bengal. It is the main jute cultivation, jute industry, and jute trade hub in the state. There are 2992 primary schools, 408 high schools, 127 higher secondary schools, 22 colleges, and 6 technical institutes in Hooghly district. The Taraknath temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva worshiped as Taraknath, is a major pilgrimage spot in the town of Tarakeswar.
The district is the birthplace of Sri Sri Ramakrishna dev and, eminent writer Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
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