Mahasthangarh is one of the ancient antiquities of Bangladesh. The archaeological site is located on the west bank of the river Karatoya, 13 km north of Bogra district town in Bangladesh. Its former name is Pundravardhana or Pundranagar. It has become a silent witness to a nearly four-thousand-year-old installation. The Maurya and Gupta kings used Mahasthangarh as their provincial capital. Later, the Pala king used Mahasthangarh (Pundravardhana) as the main capital of the Barind region. Today the ruins of this ancient city bear witness to history. This fortified city, the most important and the oldest in the whole of Bengal, is periodically protected by a wall surrounded by mud and bricks. It is 1525 m long in the north-south and 1380 m wide in the east-west and 5 m high from the surrounding flat land. In addition to the perimeter wall, the river on the east and the deep test on the other three sides have been used as additional defences for the city. Outside the fort, within 6-7 km to the north, west, south and south-west, there are still a variety of ancient monuments that bear witness to the suburbs. The famous Chinese traveller Hiuen Tsang visited Pundravardhana during his travels to India in 639-645 AD. The first discovery was made by Buchanan Hamilton in 1808. In 179, the British archaeologist Alexander Cunningham accurately identified the area as Pundranagara.
Places of interest in Mahasthangarh:
Mazar Sharif: It is said that Shah Sultan Balkhi Mahisawar’s Mazar Sharif is located a little west of the Mahasthangarh bus stand. From there, Mahisaware was added to his name.
Mahasthan Museum: The Mahasthan Museum is located just opposite Govinda Vita, a little north of Mahasthangarh. It was established in 196 on an area of 3 acres. At present, the whole place is 10 acres. Excavations at Mahasthangarh have so far uncovered thousands of years old gold, silver, bronze stone, bronze, bronze, bronze terracotta statues, stone statues, engraved bricks, sharp weapons for self-defence and various ornaments in the museum Saved.
Vairagir Vita: It is located in the northeast corner of Mahasthangarh, about 200 yards from the house of King Parashuram. There are two statuettes inlaid with stone pillars.
God’s Stone Vita: It is located on the east side of the shrine. The ruins of this place are known to be from the early period of Pala rule. Excavations in 1980 have uncovered a temple and some archaeological finds. At the top of this TV is a huge frame of granite stone.
Kalidah Sagar: In the western part of Mahasthangarh are the residences of Kalidah Sagar and Padma Devi. This ancient Kalidah Sea is the place where the Hindu Rarunni bath is held in March every year.
Man Kali Kunda: It is located on the banks of a fun pond in Mahasthangarh. During the excavation of the TBT Department of Archeology in 1975-7, the ruins of a mosque of the Sultanate period measuring 26.21 × 14.54 m were found. The ruins of the temple are also found under the mosque.
Jiyat Kunda: To the west of Shiladevi Ghat there is a big well called Jiyat Kunda. It is said that the wounded soldiers of Parashuram would have recovered by drinking the water of this well.
Govinda Vita: Govinda Vita is located in front of the Mahasthangarh Museum.
Shiladebi’s Ghat: Shiladebi’s Ghat is on the east side of Mahasthangarh on the banks of the Karatoya river. Shiladevi was Parshuram’s sister.
Parashuram Palace: It is said that this archaeological site is known as the Palace of the so-called Hindu king Parashuram of Mahasthangarh. Here are the archaeology of three periods.
Skandhar Dhap: It is located about three kilometers south of Mahasthangarh. It is the ruins of a temple. It is believed that this temple on the shoulder step is the temple of Kartik.
Gokul Medh or Behula Lakshindar’s Basar Ghar: About two kilometers southwest of the Mahasthangarh bus stand is a Buddhist pillar built by Emperor Ashoka. Its height is 45 feet. This place is known as Behula Lakshindar’s Basar Ghar.
There are also other places of interest, including Mangalkot Stup, Tengra Buddhist Stup, Bhamu Bihar, Bihar Dhap, Bhimer Jungle, Iskander Dhap, Khullana Dhap.
How to go:
If you want to go to Mahasthangarh, first you have to go to Bogra. The distance from Dhaka to Bogra by road is 214 km and from Bogra to Mahasthangarh is 13 km. Bogra can be reached by bus and train from Dhaka. From Gabtali, Mohakhali, Shyamoli, Abdullahpur in Dhaka, Bogra-bound Shyamoli Paribahan, Hanif Enterprise, Ekta Paribahan, SR Travels, Babul Enterprise, SA Paribahan etc. buses go directly to Bogra. Non AC bus fare is 350 to 400 TK. And AC bus fare is 500 to 1000 TK. You can go to Bogra by train from Dhaka by Rangpur Express and Lalmoni Express.
You can go from Bogra to Mahasthangarh by bus or CNG autorickshaw. Buses to Mahasthangarh are available from Bogra Charmatha and Haddipatti.
How to go low cost:
If you want to go at a low cost, you can go to Bogra by non-AC buses. Rent 350 TK. Then you can go to Mahasthangarh by bus from Charmatha in Bogra.
How to go luxuriously:
You can go to Bogra by AC bus from Dhaka. AC bus fare is 500 to 1000 TK. Then you can reserve CNG from Bogra to Mahasthangarh.
Where to stay:
There are numerous residential hotels for overnight stays in Bogra. You can stay in different quality hotels as per your needs. Among these Northway Motel, Tourist Motel, Naz Garden, Century Motel, Hotel Teesta, Hotel Akbaria, Hotel Castle MH are quite popular.
How to stay low cost:
You can stay in standard hotels at low cost. Hotel Al-Amin, Hotel Sunview, Hotel Rajmoni, Hotel Royal Palace, Hotel Honeyde, Hotel Aziz are some of these hotels.
How to stay luxuriously:
You can stay in various high quality hotels, motels and resorts in a luxurious way. Hotels like Naz Garden (051755), Tourist Motel (0516024), Century Motel, Hotel Teesta (0517985) etc. have high quality accommodation.
What to eat:
There are many hotels and restaurants in Bogra for eating and drinking. Bogra’s traditional food is available in almost all the hotels here. Notable among these are: Shyamoli Hotel and Restaurant, Quality, Akbaria Grand Hotel and Restaurant, Selim Hotel are notable. There are also many Chinese or foreign food restaurants in the city. These types of restaurants are more common in or around Jaleswaritala. You can eat the traditional foods of Bogra such as Bogra Yogurt, Taki fish and black cumin paste in Santahar of Bogra, jhal polao, small fish chachhari, semaiyer jorda, beef potato etc. In the afternoon, there are many food shops on the side of Satmatha Road in the city. There is a variety of food available, including hotpot, fuska, kebab.
How to eat low cost:
You can dine in medium quality hotels on the side of the road in Bogra city. It costs 50 to 200 TK to eat in these hotels.
How to eat in a luxurious way:
Among the high quality restaurants in Bogra are Midas Restaurant, Akbaria Grand Hotel, Bogra Sweets, Casuarina, Signature Cafe, Bogra Hotel and Restaurant, Red Chillies Restaurant, Cafe Barbecue, KFC.
Advice to do that!
The archeological heritage of any country carries the heritage of its country so go ahead after knowing a lot of information about it. Keep food with saline and adequate amount of water. Bus fare, bargain for hotel stay. Don’t forget to eat the famous yoghurt of Bogra. If necessary, call 999.
Advice not to do those things!
Do not do any work that damages archeological resources. Don’t get involved in any chaos. Don’t throw dirt anywhere.