The various historical installations of our country still hold their past history and heritage and present their existence in self-glory. These historical sites in each district are one of the beauties of our country as well as a tourist attraction. There are several historical sites in the traditional Kishoreganj district. And one of the examples of these establishments is the Gangatia zamindar house. If you visit Kishoreganj, don’t miss this beautiful zamindar house. Gangatia Zamindar Bari is located in Gobindpur Union, Hossainpur Upazila, Kishoreganj. Its distance from Kishoreganj Sadar is 12 kilometers. This magnificent house is a marvel of an ancient civilization. The architectural style of this house can be seen in the great use of eighteenth-century Greek architecture.
It is known from history that a classical scholar from Uttar Pradesh, India came and settled in this country in the sixteenth century. His predecessors belonged to the Radhiya Brahmin tribe. He was the first man of these zamindars. At that time, according to the Gaudiya tradition, he built a Shiva temple for worship on the fallen vita of the house. This Shiva temple is the first temple built in this dynasty. The zamindar family at one time gained wide recognition and prestige in the region for performing Brahmanical meditation-concepts, puja-parvan, and rituals. Dinanath Chakraborty of this dynasty first introduced the zamindari system in the region. He established one-third of the Hussainshahi Pargana at the end of the eighteenth century and established zamindari in the area. Later, Atul Chandra Chakraborty, son of Dinnath Chakraborty, bought two more annas from Jnanda Sundari Chowdhurani, the zamindar of 18 houses, and incorporated them with the Gangatia zamindari. And this is how this zamindar house came into being.
The first Shiva temple of this dynasty, built about a kilometer away from the zamindar house, is now dilapidated, but it still exists as a witness to the times. After this temple, you will see a huge pond called Sagardighi. Next to it is another dilapidated Shiva temple. Family worship is still held there. Then there is a huge gate called Sri Dhar Bhavan. The main building of Gangatia Zamindarbari is located about 300 yards away from here. From the front of the main gate, about 12 feet wide and lined with coconut trees on both sides, you have to cross the scenic road to the zamindar house. The beauty of this home fascinates anyone. It is really surprising that the architectural style of the house has been built so beautifully so long ago. The main building is a two-storey building. Here you will see living rooms, guest rooms, courtrooms, and rooms used for music.
There are also kacharighar, nahabatkhana, darbargriha. It is like captivating the eye-catching artwork on the pillars of this zamindar’s house. In front of the zamindar’s house, there is a huge courtyard and the house is surrounded by a high wall. This zamindar house of art and aesthetic beauty is a witness to the glorious past history of that time and still touches the hearts of the visitors.
How to get there:
Kishoreganj-bound buses leave from Gabtali and Saidabad in Dhaka. Notable among them are Jalsiri, Nabil Paribahan, Dream Line, Ekta Service, Isha Khan Super Gate Lock, MK Super, Atithi, Esha Enterprise, etc. From Battali in Kishoreganj city, you can reach Gangatia in about 25 minutes by renting a battery-powered vehicle for Tk 20. From there you can walk 10 to 12 minutes to reach Gangatia Zamindar Bari.
Where to stay:
There are different quality hotels to stay in in Kishoreganj. The names and addresses of some of them are given:
1. Hotel Tepantar Princess, Jamirdia Master House, Bhaluka.
2. Hotel River View, Station Road, Kishoreganj.
3. Hotel Shahina (Residential), Station Road, Kishoreganj
4. Bangladesh Guest House, Station Road, Kishoreganj
5. Hotel Gangchil, Station Road, Kishoreganj
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