'Tree at Hadjipore. Novr. 1831'
Artist: Woodcock, Harriot Mary (b. 1807)
Hajipur is situated in Bihar on the River Ganges just above it’s confluence with the River Gandak opposite Patna. The town is said to have been founded by Haji Ilyas king of Bengal between 1345 and 1358 who is also said to have constructed the fort here. In the Muslim times the town was the headquarters of Bihar and played a large role in the struggles between Akbar and his rebellious Afghan governors of Bengal. In 1572 Afghan rebels seized the town but were driven out by Muzaffar Khan, one of Akbar’s Generals. Two years later a challenge was brought about by Daud Khan who took refuge in the fort at Hajipur which was laid siege to and reclaimed by Akbar’s forces. The town lost its importance after the transfer of Government to Patna.