Comilla District

Coordinates: 23°16′N 91°07′E / 23.27°N 91.12°E / 23.27; 91.12
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কুমিল্লা জেলা
Cumilla District
Clockwise from top-left: Skyline of Comilla, Shah Shuja Mosque, Fields in Barura Upazila, Gomti River, Shalban Vihara in Mainamati
Location of Comilla within Bangladesh
Location of Comilla within Bangladesh
Expandable map of Comilla
Coordinates: 23°16′N 91°07′E / 23.27°N 91.12°E / 23.27; 91.12
Country Bangladesh
DivisionChittagong Division
 • Deputy CommissionerMd. Kamrul Hasan [1]
 • District Council ChairmanAbu Taher [2]
 • Chief Executive OfficerMd. Helal Uddin [3]
 • Total3,146.30 km2 (1,214.79 sq mi)
 (2022 census)[4]
 • Total6,212,216
 • Density2,000/km2 (5,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+06:00 (BST)
HDI (2018)0.614[5]
medium · 7th of 21
Notable sport teamsComilla Victorians

Comilla District, officially known as Cumilla District,[6] is a district of Bangladesh located about 100 kilometres south east of Dhaka. Comilla is bordered by Brahmanbaria and Narayanganj districts to the north, Noakhali and Feni districts to the south, Tripura of India to the east and Munshiganj and Chandpur districts to the west. Comilla district is located in the southeastern part of Bangladesh.[7]


World War II cemetery in Mainamati.

The name Comilla is derived from the Bengali word Komolangko (Bengali: কমলাঙ্ক), the previous ancient name of the region, which means 'lotus pond'. The present Comilla is a district under the Chittagong Division. It was once under ancient Samatata and later became part of the state of Tripura. As far as is known from the ancient archeology found in the region, Gupta emperors ruled Tripura since the fifth century AD. According to historians, the Buddhist Deva dynasty ruled the region from the seventh to the middle of the eighth century. In the ninth century, Comilla came under the control of the kings of Harikela and then ruled by the Chandra dynasty during the tenth and mid-eleventh century AD. Later on, it was ruled by the Mughals and then it came under the rule of East India Company in 1765.

In order to facilitate revenue collection, the company hired a district collector in the province in 1769. Comilla then belonged to the province of Dhaka. Comilla was made under the office of the district collector in 1776. The Tripura Collector's journey began with the formation of Tippera or Tipperah district of Bengal by the British in 1790.[8] According to the Third Regulation in 1793, a civil judge was appointed for the Tripura district and in that year he was given magisterial powers. In 1837, the posts of magistrates and collectors were separated. In 1859, these two posts were merged again. After the partition in 1947, the district was renamed Comilla in 1960 and the post of district magistrate and collector was named deputy commissioner.[9] Chandpur and Brahmanbaria sub-divisions of this district became districts in 1984.

Geography and climate[edit]

Comilla has a total area of 3146.30.17 square kilometres. It is bounded by Brahmanbaria district and Narayanganj district of Dhaka division to the north, Munshiganj district of Dhaka division and Chandpur district to the west, Noakhali and Feni districts to the south and the Indian state of Tripura to the east. The district headquarters of Comilla is located close to the Indian border, with the town of Sonamura on the other side. Major rivers passing through Comilla include the Gumti and the Little Feni. It is hot in summer and cold in winter.[7]

The district is primarily plain land.


The administrative headquarters of Comilla are located in the city of Comilla which has a total area of 11.47 square kilometres. It consists of 18 mouzas and 3 wards. Comilla thana was officially converted into an upazila in 1983 which contains one municipality, 18 wards, 19 union parishads, 452 mouzas, and 458 villages.[7]

Administrator of Zila Parishad: M. Omar Faruque[10]

Deputy Commissioner (DC): Md Jahangir Alam[11]


Comilla district consists of the following Upazilas:[12]

  1. Barura Upazila
  2. Brahmanpara Upazila
  3. Burichong Upazila
  4. Comilla Sadar Upazila
  5. Comilla Sadar Dakshin Upazila
  6. Chandina Upazila
  7. Chauddagram Upazila
  8. Daudkandi Upazila
  9. Debidwar Upazila
  10. Homna Upazila
  11. Laksam Upazila
  12. Lalmai Upazila
  13. Monohorgonj Upazila
  14. Meghna Upazila
  15. Muradnagar Upazila
  16. Nangalkot Upazila
  17. Titas Upazila


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1974 2,802,944—    
1981 3,355,953+2.61%
1991 4,032,666+1.85%
2001 4,595,557+1.32%
2011 5,387,288+1.60%
2022 6,212,216+1.30%

According to the 2022 Census of Bangladesh, Comilla District had 1,407,396 households and a population of 6,212,216, 20.4% of whom lived in urban areas. The population density was 1,974 people per km2. The literacy rate (age 7 and over) was 76.5%, compared to the national average of 74.7%.[4]

Religions in Comilla district (2011)[13]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated
Religion in present-day Comilla district[a]
Religion Population (1941)[14]: 102–103  Percentage (1941) Population (2011)[13] Percentage (2011)
Islam 1,407,494 80.41% 5,123,410 95.10%
Hinduism 340,137 19.43% 258,105 4.79%
Others [b] 2677 0.15% 5,773 0.11%
Total Population 1,750,308 100% 5,387,288 100%

Muslims make up 95.10% of the population, while Hindus are 4.79% of the total population. There are nearly 5,000 Buddhists in the district.[13]


Manufacturers of popular Comilla sweetmeats are mostly based on this Manoharpur area of the main town.

Mainly based on agriculture, the economy of Comilla has flourished through trade and cottage industries, especially the 'Khadi' textile. For the economic development of the region the "Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority" has established the "Comilla Export Processing Zone" spread over an area of 104.44 hectares (258.1 acres) in the Comilla Airport area in 2000.[15] The export zone employs 20 thousand people as of 2013.[16]

Places of interest[edit]

Landmarks include Kotbari, a cantonment, or military installation and Kandirpar, considered the heart of the Comilla district. Ancient Buddhist monastery ruins are the major attraction of Mainamati, near Kotbari. There is an ancient Hindu Temple named Comilla Jagannath Temple located on East Bibirbazar Road. There is also the recently constructed Allah Chattar, a tower in Muradnagar.

A Second World War cemetery, Mainamati War Cemetery, lies about 3.1 kilometres (1.9 mi) away from Comilla Cantonment, which was a frontier military base in the fight against the Japanese who had occupied Burma. British Army soldiers killed during the fight with the Japanese Army at the Burma (Myanmar) frontier were buried here.[17] Pashchimgaon Nawab Bari, the place of only lady Jaminder Nawab Faizunnesa, a poet, educationist and a philanthropist.[18]

Kazi Nazrul Islam, the national poet of Bangladesh, passed a significant time of his life in this town. Both his wives, Promila Devi and Nargis, hailed from this district.[19]

Comilla Victoria College and Comilla Zilla School are here, the latter since 1837.[20] Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development (BARD) is situated in Kotbari. The area saw the development of Comilla Model.[21]


Notable people[edit]

The following people were either born or stayed in this district for a significant span of their lifetime:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sadar subdivision of Tippera district
  2. ^ Including Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Ad-Dharmis, or not stated


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