Sunday, October 27, 2013

Kantaji Temple of Dinajpur

Dinajpur is one of the most old and historically rich district in Bangladesh. Kantaji temple is such an evidence of history. This temple is 11 miles south to the Dinajpur town and situated in the Kaharole Upazilla of Dinajpur district. Maharaja Pran Nath built this temple in 1704-1752 A.D.

This temple is called Nava-ratna. The roof of the ground floor and first floor each contains four sikharas or ratnas at their corners while the roof of second floor in its middle contains the ruins of the central sikhara. The entire outer surface of the temple is exquisitely established with terracotta plaques which depict flora and fauna, geometric motifs, mythological scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and the contemporary social scenes and favorite pastime. The idol of Kantaji is kept in the garvagriha of the temple in its ground floor. once this temple had nine spires, but all were destroyed in an earthquake that took place in 1897.

The temple is about a 1 mile west of Dinajpur-Thakurgaon Highway across the Dhepa River. Bus, Motor byke and Rickshaw Van can get you there within hours from the Town. You have to get off the bus at the Place called 'Kantanagar. Then You have to cross the meagre Dhepa River by walk.












Monday, September 30, 2013

Nakipur Jamidar Bari, Shymnagar, Shatkhira

This land lord house/Jaminder Bari was built by Haricharan Rai Chowdhury. He was the land lord of Nakipur, Shymnagar from 1885 to 1915. This was a ‘L’ shaped building with 41 rooms. This archaeological asset is now in a peril condition. Initiatives needed to preserve this right now.






Sunday, June 2, 2013

"Padmar Char @ Rajshahi" - beholds the beauty of mighty Padma

Rajshahi is a city in western Bangladesh, and the divisional headquarter of Rajshahi Division as well as the administrative district that bears its name and is one of the seven metropolitan cities of Bangladesh. Often referred to as Silk City and Education City Rajshahi is located in north-west of the country and is situated on the northern of the river Padma.  

The Padma is the name used in Bangladesh for a major trans-boundary river, known in India as the main distributary of the Ganges , the river system that originated from the western Himalyas. The Padma enters Bangladesh from India near Chapai Nababganj, floats through Rajshahi, then it meets the Jamuna near Aricha and retains its name. But finally meets with the Meghna near Chandpur and adopts the name "Meghna" before flowing into the Bay of Bengal.

So many CHARS have emerged in the River Padma that are bringing fortune for many farmers in Paba, Godagari and Bagha upazilas in Rajshahi. 

Besides, it has become very attractive place for the city dwellers who can enjoy the scenic beauty of the mighty Padma and the Char. A big char of around 2 km has divided the Padma river by a thin canal in one side, keeping the bigness of the river on the other side. 

After crossing the canal that takes only 10 minutes, you will be on the char. Most of the people just visit the close banks and get happy. But just a walk of 30 - 35 minutes will take you to the bank of the real mighty Padma giving the view of the bigness. And the real beauty of Padma is behold here that none should miss.   

The look of Padma in the evening

 Disappearing sun in the horizon 

Boats waiting for the sailors  

 Sunset at Padma

Smiling sun through the grasses  

Fisherman of Padma 

Photo Credit: Laila Hossain
By: Abir Hossain

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rangabali Upazilla

Rangabali is a very recent addition as Administrative unit (Upazilla) of Bangladesh. It has started its journey from the early 2012. This Upazilla has five Union Parishads. They are Char kajol, Char Montaz, Baro Baisdia, Choto Baisdia and Coralia. It seemed one of the most unreachable parts of Bangladesh. Because these lands separated by a very ferocious river named Agunmukha. It is called that Agunmukha is the junction where seven rivers meets together and continues to the sea. I got several chances to cross this Agunmukha between the year 2012 and 2013. But my visits were mainly at winter season when the river was calm and quiet. Though the Agunmukha is calm in the winter season but local people do not dare to cross it even after 4 p.m. This is a deprived land of more or less 297 sqkm. There is no concrete road in the upazilla. People use Motor bike, engine van (Nasiman) as transport system. There is a police station at Coralia but no Upazilla building is built yet. There is only one government officer (Upazilla Nirbahi Officer) lives here but with his won arrangement.

Nature rules here with its distinct features. If anybody wishes to enjoy the pure village life and taste of invincible nature, he must come here. There is a schedule launches from Dhaka that comes to Rangabali regularly. But facilities of the launches are not good enough. Panpatti of Galachipa Upazilla is reachable by car and other vehicles. It takes 35-40 minutes to cross Agunmukha by engine trawler to Rangabali main island (Coralia) from Panpatti. Herds of Duck on the river bank can be seen from the trawler. A lot of fishing boats are also found. Technology deprived lifestyle and fishing oriented culture is all-around. The most southern island of this upazilla is called Sonar char. This is a beautiful island with fresh beach and a forest range. The journey to this beach through the river, leaving forest on the both side of the bank is amazing. But there is no rest house in Sonar Char. (More about Sonar Char is coming soon. Keep visiting the site daily.)

Fishing boats kept in rest near Coralia Ghat

Coralia Ghat


Bazar Near Coralia Ghat


Agunmukha River flowing towards the Bay of Bengal (Taken at afternoon)

Wild Duck on the river bank


Panpatti Ghat



Sun set Senario at Panpatti Ghat

Monday, April 29, 2013

Jora Mandir (Pair Temple)

These two ancient temples were built by Maharaja Protapaditto, one of the greatest land lord from the Baro Bhuiyan. He ruled the greater Jessore area at the end of sixteenth and beginning of seventeenth century. This pair temple is situated at the Murali, Bokchor area near Jessore town.




Monday, April 8, 2013

Beach Football

It was the end of September, 2012. I was assigned to stay in the Kalapara Upazilla of Patuakhali district especially to protect the Mother Hilsa fishes which were predicted to come in the shore at that period to breed naturally.

After finishing a hectic drive in the Mahipur, Alipur and Kuakata fish market, along with the fishery officer of Kalapara Upazilla, I reached on the beach of Kuakata. It was not the season for the tourist. So, there were few people on the beach and mostly the locals. The sea beach was presenting itself in a very serene look. The local boys playing football in the beach was adding some more natural and ancient view on it. I liked their gesture like no one is watching them, they are free, they are the unmodified part of this unbeaten nature.











Saturday, March 30, 2013

Urban Birds of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is the home for a huge number of bird species. The birds seen in this country can be categorized depending on season, nature of the birds, food habit, ecosystem they use to survive etc. In this post, I am just sharing some Photos of some common birds found generally in the urban areas of Bangladesh.


English name: Sparrow; Bangla Name: Chorui; Scientific Name:Passer domesticus.


English name: Sparrow; Bangla Name: Chorui; Scientific Name:Passer domesticus.


English Name: Pigeon; Bangla Name: Payera; Scientific Name: Columba livia domestica.


English Name: House Crow; Bangla Name: Kaak; Scientific Name: Corvus splendens.


English Name: Indian mynah; Bangla Name: Shalik; Scientific Name: Acridotheres tristis.


English Name: Indian mynah; Bangla Name: Shalik; Scientific Name: Acridotheres tristis.


English Name: Brahminy Kite; Bangla Name: Shankha Chil; Scientific Name: Haliastur Indus.