This place is considered to be one of the earlier seats of Bengali culture which derives its name from two words - 'Bagh' meaning flower garden and 'Bazaar' meaning market. There used to be a famous flower market in the area. Baghbazar also witnessed the first Durga Puja being held outside a Zamindari household in Kolkata. Eminent personas like Sri Ramakrishna, Sharada Maa, Swami Vivekananda, Swami Brahmananda, Swami Saradananda, Harinath Chatterjee (later Swami Turiyananda), Gangadhar Ghatak (Gangopadhyay) (later Swami Akhandananda), Girish Chandra Ghosh, Balaram Bose are in some way or the other have a connection with Baghbazar. The office of Udbodhan, the magazine founded by Swami Vivekananda, is also located in Baghbazar. Bagabzar has also seen a battle - on 16 June 1756, a small force under Ensign Piccard repulsed an advance guard of Siraj-ud-Daulah from the north. The station is on the bank of the Hooghly and is at stone-throw distance from all the reckoning places at Baghbazar.