Joy Kalibari Temple, one of the oldest temples in Natore, is located in Natore Sadar Upazila at Lalbazar area. This temple is approximately 300 years old, was built around the beginning of 18th century by Dayaram (দয়ারাম) Roy (1680-1760), the great and influential Dewan of Queen Bhabani (1716-1795) of Natore and the establisher of Dighapatia Royal Family. This temple has 2 buildings. Alongside the main building, in the right, there is a Shiv Mandir. Every weekend, people from all over the district come to this historical and beautiful temple to worship and pay their respects. There are various religious occasions like Durga Puja, Kali Puja etc. which are being celebrated here every year with much pomp and splendor.
After reaching Natore Sadar, you may take a rickshaw to reach Lalbazar to visit this old temple.
1. Shamoli Paribahan:
12, South Kollyanpur, Mirpur Road, Dhaka.
Tel: 02-900331, 02-8034275.
2. Hanif Enterprise:
Dhaka Offices: Panthopath: 0173-402670,
Arambagh: 01713-402671, Sayadabad: 01713-402673
3. Green Line Paribahan:
Kallyanpur Branch: 3/2, South Kallyanpur, Dhaka.
4. Modern Enterprise (AC Chair Coach)
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Phone: 9123743, 327293
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(Counter No. 19), Mirpur, Dhaka. Phone: 806099
Padma Express (Train No 759), Off day-Tuesday, from Dhaka to Rajshahi, Start at 23:10-4:50
Accommodation facilities in Natore are as follows:
1. Hotel VIP
Address: Borohorishpur, Natore
Direction: 1 km West of Central Bus Terminal and East of Madrasha more.
Phone: 0771-66097, +880 1718 673735
2. Hotel Millat
Address: Madrasha More, Natore Sadar, Natore
3. Hotel Prince
Address: Railway Station Bazar, Natore Sadar, Natore
4. Hotel Raj
Address: Madrasha More, Natore Sadar, Natore
5. Hotel Rukhsana
Address: Kanaikhali, Old bus stand, Natore Sadar, Natore
6. Natore Boarding
Address: Nichabazar, Hospital Road, Natore Sadar, Natore.
7. Natore Sugar Mills Guest House
Address: Natore Sugar Mills area, Natore Sadar, Natore
You can taste the Kachagolla (a famous sweet) of Natore from “Joy Kali Mistanno Vandar” nearby. For places to eat at Natore Sadar, click here
On Dhaka-Betka (Sirajdikhan) highway after passing Sirajdikhan and crossing the river Isamoti, a Hindu Moth is seen on the left side. This moth is called the Fegnasar Moth which is actually a Shiva Temple.
It is 150 feet in height, making it visible from the highway. There is a Shiva Linga inside the moth. Devotees pray here almost regularly. Like other Hindu Moths it has magnificent wall structure. The total place and surrounding is decorated with flower garden specially Joba(Chinese Rose). According to ritual, tulsi plant and jasmine tree is also cultivated.
Specialty of this place is, the Moth was established about 200 years ago. Obviously at that time the road structure was not likewise today. The moth is situated inside a large crop field. It is actually like an island surrounded by rice field. So that if you want to come here, you have to walf from the highway through an off-road trail inside the crop field. In rainy season, the way becomes very muddy and slippery. But you will still enjoy a lot!
Please do not refer this place to people as "Fegnasar Shiva Mandir" because there is another Shiva temple in this locality in this name. Just ask for the "Moth".)  => Array ( [name] => Varatkhali Kastho Mandir [post_id] => 5112 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/varatkhali-kastho-mandir/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DSC08786-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
Varatkhali Kastho Mandir (ভরতখালী কাষ্ঠ মন্দির) is one of the most common Tirthasthan of Hindu community. It was built around two hundred years ago by Ramonikanto Ray Zamindar (রমনীকান্ত রায় জমিদার). There is a folktale that a pieces of timber had been found in Ghagot (ঘাঘট) river. Someone had collected the timber and when he hit it with an axe, the timber was bleeding out. That night, Zamindar Ramonikanto had dreamed someone saying, "I have come to your ghat, worship me with Eligible reception" (আমি তোর ঘাটে এসেছি,আমাকে যোগ্য সমাদর করে পূজা কর).
By the next day, the Zamindar ordered a craftsman(কারিগর) to make the timber into a sculpture as a Mandir. At the bottom of the sclupture, a Banian tree had been created. That is why it is called Kastho Mandir. Every year in the month of Boishakh, a beautiful crowded fair is held here.)  => Array ( [name] => Buddha Dhatu Jadi [post_id] => 994 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/buddha-dhatu-jadi/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Buddha-Dhatu-Jadi21-300x225.jpg [post_content] =>
The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is a Theravada Buddhist temple, people also known it as the Bandarban Golden Temple (স্বর্ণ-মন্দির). The Bandarban Golden Temple is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple; here presides the second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh.
The Buddhist temple is known as kyang in local dialect. Buddha Dhatu Jadi is considered as one of the holy sites for Theravada Buddhism followers and Buddhist pilgrims. Marma or Mogh tribal group of the Chittagong Hill Tracts is a dominant ethnic group in Bandarban. By religion they are Buddhists and of Arkhan descent.)  => Array ( [name] => Gouri Moth [post_id] => 18737 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/gouri-moth/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/IMG_20150906_105800133.jpg [post_content] =>
Gouri Moth (a sacred place dedicated to the culture of Krishna lifestyle) was established in 1943 in Barodia, Kalia, Narail. After a couple of renovations, it is still there to welcome the devotees of Lord Srikrishno. There are some other Gourio moths in entire Bangladesh too. The most prominent one is in Dhaka at Narinda/Wari area.
In 1943, Turyaswami established the original temple after which he put the idol of Radha-Krishno in it. In 1971, during the liberation war of Bangladesh, Pakistani Army destroyed almost everywhere temple in Bangladesh but luckily the Narail area was a base of Bangladeshi Freedom Fighters so that they did not manage to destroy the temple. However, the temple needed renovation, so another Guru (religious preacher) Santo Goswami made a reconstruction of the temple complex.
25 years ago, from Rajstan (India), a White Shiv Lingam has bought in here. Now it is a Shiv Temple too and people come to worship the lingam. It is made of White Marble which is only one of the tenth of its entire criterion in Bangladesh. To see another marble made white Shiv lingam, you need to visit the Rajshahi Barenda Museum or Khulna Divisional Museum.
Few years back, idol of new Radha-Krishno was brought into this temple as well. So, now the temple looks almost as a new structure but many people did not know that it is a historical place and also a heritage sight of Bangladesh especially for the hindu religious people. It is basically a Krishna Temple that means they worship Krishna mainly. In every year during the eve of Krishna's Birthday (Jonmastomi) they arrange a three days program to celebrate it. About 1000 local Hindu people attends the dinner (bhog/prosad) and they sings the holy krishna songs for the entire night.) )
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