House of Poet Shamsur Rahman and Paratoly Mosque

Type: Mosque/Eidgah
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Shamsur Rahman ( শামসুর রাহমান, 23 October 1929 – 17 August 2006) was a famous poet, columnist and journalist of Bangladesh. Shamsur Rahman, who emerged in the latter half of the 20th century, wrote more than sixty books of poetry and is considered a key figure in Bengali literature. He was regarded the ‘unofficial poet laureate’ of Bangladesh. Major themes in his poetry and writings include liberal humanism, human relations, romanticism, rebellion of youth, the emergence of and consequent events in Bangladesh, and opposition to religious fundamentalism.

Shamsur Rahman was born in his grandfather’s house at Mahut-Tuli, Dhaka. His paternal home is situated on the bank of the river Meghna, a village named Paratoli, near the Raipura Upazila of Narshingdi district. He was the fourth of thirteen children. During leisure time, he used to go his Village and there beside the pond near to the house, he wrote one of the great poems

“স্বাধীনতা তুমি”


স্বাধীনতা তুমি

রবিঠাকুরের অজর কবিতা, অবিনাশী গান।

স্বাধীনতা তুমি

কাজী নজরুল ঝাঁকড়া চুলের বাবরি দোলানো

মহান পুরুষ, সৃষ্টিসুখের উল্লাসে কাঁপা-

স্বাধীনতা তুমি

শহীদ মিনারে অমর একুশে ফেব্রুয়ারির উজ্জ্বল সভা

স্বাধীনতা তুমি

পতাকা-শোভিত শ্লোগান-মুখর ঝাঁঝালো মিছিল…

Still today, all the things are in same spatial context. But, the building of his house is in very poor condition. It’s almost on the way to decay.

Paratoly Shahi Jem-e Mosque:

There is a three domed mosque beside the house of Shamsur Rahman, which was built in the Islamic year 1299.This 137 years old mosque still architecturally fit and being used for regular prayers.

How to go

There are two/three ways to go there from Narsingdi Sadar Upazila. You can hire a Boat from meghna river ghat near Narsingdi Boro Bazar to get there in Paratoli Village of Raipura Upazila.

Another way is to ride on a Dhaka-Bhairab Bus. Then you have to step off at Baroicha of Raipura Upazila. From there you can ride on a CNG auto rickshaw to Panthoshala Meghna river ghat. There are so many public boat awaits for the passenger and it will bring you to the Paratoli bazar river Ghat. After getting there you may ride on a public Motor bike to reach there.

One another way is to ride on a CNG auto rickshaw from Arshinagar CNG stand. You have to ask the people which one is moving towards Radhagonj. After reaching there you have ride on a CNG to Srirampur Railgate of Raipura Upazila. Then another CNG ride to Panthoshala river Ghat.

How To Reach: Narsingdi District

The communication system of this district is very good. The Dhaka-Sylhet highway, one of the important highways of Bangladesh, passes through Narsingdi. It is only 1/2 hours distance from Dhaka. Inter-district road communication is also better from here.

Water way communication is also very good as lots of river flows through Narsingdi. Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Sylhet, two most busiest rail route of the country goes through Narsingdi. People can easily go Narshingdi by boarding this buses.

From Gulistan -Meghalay Luxury, from Sydabad & Gulistan bus terminal – Monohordi Paribahan, Anna Super Service, BRTC Bus. From Mohakhali Bus stand – PPL, Chalan Bil Transport, Arabian Transport, Badsha Paribahan.

Mohakhali, Airport Bus-stand, Abullahpur, Tongi (station road):

Address: BRTC Bus Depo, Kamlapur, Dhaka.
Phone: 9333803, 9002531

2. BRTC AC Bus Service
Route: Roptani-Abdullahpur-Narsingdi-Bhairab

3. Badsha Paribahan (Pvt.) ltd.
Route: Dhaka- Bhairab
Phone: 01710-856066, 01842-526223
Fare: 120-145 BDT

4. Chalanbill Tranport Limited
Route: Dhaka to Bhairab
Phone: 01715-019550
Fare-120-145 BDT

5. PPL Super
Route: Mohakhali – Narsingdi
Phone: 01817074515, 01845950701, 01831343894
Fare: 90-105 BDT

6. Meghalay Luxury
Phone: 01711-609199, 01711-523079
Fare: 80 BDT

The transportation between Dhaka City and Narsingdi district is quite fair. The distance from Dhaka city to Narsingdi dictrict is around 59.4 km. In train, it would take around 1 and half an hour to travel to Narsingdi from Capital city. It has 10 train stations inside the district.

Trains, travelling to Sylhet and Chittagong and only developed train, like Mahanagar usually stop in the Narsingdi rail stations. Where as Titash commuter and Egarsindhur stops in different stations in Narsingdi.

Where to Stay

1) Circuit House, Narsingdi (Government)
Phone: 02-9462083
Mobile: 01735-840294

2) District Council Postal Bungalow (Government)
Postal Bungalow Road, Narsingdi
Phone: 029463765
Mobile 01712-521274

3) Dak bungalows (Government)
Roads and public departments, Narsingdi
phone: 029463222

4) Rest House (Government)
Civil surgeon’s office, Narsingdi
Phone: 029463181

5) Rest House (Government)
LGED Office, Narsingdi
Phone: 029462260

6) Hotel Nirala
Library parti, Narsingdi market, Narsingdi
Phone: 029463393
Mobile: 01711-196699

7) Hotel Al-Arafat
215/1 siendabi Road, busstation, Narsingdi
Phone: 029463393
Mobile: 01712-130139

8) Hotels Mamataj
Patilbari Road, Narsingdi
Mobile: 01711-952120

9) Hotel Aziz
Patilbari Road, Narsingdi
Mobile: 01712070231

10) Hotel Riyaj
Patilbari Road, Narsingdi
Phone: 946 to 516
Mobile: 01712-609045

11) Hotel Tanim
Patilbari Road, Narsingdi
Phone: 9463982
Mobile: 01718-916143

Things to do

If you are bored of leading monotonous life, then just make a plan to move there.

• Enjoy the scenic beauty of mighty Meghna River
• Enjoy the Boat journey, There is no way to avoid the boat journey as it is an island (চর)
• Experience the scenic beauty of vast land with greeneries
• Experience the fisherman life style
• If you look around, certainly you will find some local market selling Meghna river’s fish, Which has unique taste and smell.

Eating Facilities

At Paratoli Bazar there are two/three hotels and restaurants which provides very local cuisine. You may also find two/three hotels at Panthoshala River Ghat, which probably provides better foods than first options.


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