Bhairab did not exist on Rennell’s map of the eighteenth century. The alluvial delta of the Meghna and Brahmaputra rivers was once known as the forest of Ulukhagarh. Bhairab Roy, the land lord of Muktagacha, built human settlements in the newly awakened area as part of his land lording expansion. The area was later renamed Bhairab Bazar after the bhairab landlord.
There are also opinions that Bhairab means terrible, hence the name. The Hindu landlord named different parts of Bhairab after Hindu culture. The influence of Hindu reforms in the name of Bhairabpur, Sombhupur, Jagannathpur, Chandiber, Shibpur, Kalipur, Kalikaprasad, etc. is obvious. The original name of Bhairab was Ulukandi.
The first Muslim businessman to come to Bhairab Roy’s period was Haji Sheikh Noor Mohammad Mia. He soon spread his dominance in Bhairab as a sharp-witted and successful businessman. He was a wealthy businessman and during that British period he rode on elephants. Zamindar Bhairab Roy established Rajkachari Bhavan in Bhairab Bazar to manage his zamindari. Which is now being used as Upazila Land Office.
Bhairab has been well known as a trading center since British times. Bhairab is therefore often referred to as Bhairab Bazar.
How to get there
It is a business center located on the banks of the river Meghna along the Dhaka-Sylhet highway. Bhairab upazila is bounded on the north by Kuliyarchar upazila, on the west by Raipura upazila of Narsingdi district, on the south by Bancharampur upazila of Brahmanbaria district and on the east by Ashuganj upazila of Brahmanbaria district.
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