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Nalhati is a town, municipality in Birbhum District in the Indian state of West Bengal near the West Bengal / Jharkhand border. This town is named after the Shakti peetha Nalhateshwari temple which according to the mythologies is the situated where the "nala" ie throat of goddess shakti had fallen.
Nalhati police station under Rampurhat subdivision of Birbhum district looks after two administrative blocks Nalhati I and Nalhati II.
Nalhati municipality was established in 2000.
It is on Panagarh–Morgram Highway.
In the 2006 assembly elections, Dipak Chatterjee of AIFB won the Nalhati assembly seat defeating his nearest rival Abdul Walee Mollah of INC. In 2001 and 1996 Kalimuddin Shams of FBL defeated Sharif Hossain (Dalim Master) of INC. Sattick Kumar Roy of FBL defeated Madan Mohan Mandal of BJP in 1991, Brindaban Saha of INC in 1987 and Sachidanandan Sau of INC in 1982. Bhabani Prasad Chattopadhyay of FBL defeated Abhoy Charan Das of INC in 1977.
As per orders of the Delimitation Commission Nalhati assembly, No. 293, constituency will be part of Birbhum (Lok Sabha constituency) and will be composed of the following: Nalhati-I Block and Kushmore-I & II and Rudranagar gram panchayats of Murarai-II CD Block. Nalhati-II CD Block.will be part of Hansan assembly constituency.
Nalhati is one among the 51 Shakti Peeths. It is believed that Parvati's throat (Nal) fell here, when Vishnu severed her body, with chakra, to stop Shiva from the Tandav nritya. That is why the name Nalateshwari is used as a synnonym for the Peeth.
It is about 15km to the north of Rampurhat. Those travelling along the Panagarh-Moregram state highway, will come across the town of Nalhati just after crossing the Brahmani river.
There are also some small hills in Nalhati on top of which there are sacred Hindu temples as well as Muslim mosques. On one of these hills there is a famous Neem tree, whose leaves, if you taste feels sweet.
There is a famous 'math', known as the 'Mahanirman Math', in the village of Jagdhari, which is on the banks of river Brahmani.
A relaxing way to enjoy the beauty of the place is to sit on the banks of Brahmani, or take a walk to the top of one of the hills and enjoy the beautiful paintings in the sky.
Nalhati has got a very busy railway station, and the main market (bazaar) is situated surrounding it.
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