Kantaji Temple, also known as the Kantanagar Temple, is located in the graceful heart of gorgeous countryside of Dinajpur. This is a stunning block of religious artwork, and is surely one of the most impressive Hindu monuments in Bangladesh.
Built in 1704-1752 A.D. by Pran Nath, a renowned maharaja from Dinajpur, and his adopted son Ram Nath, it is the country’s finest example of brick and terracotta style. Its most remarkable feature, typical of late Mughal-era temples, is its superb surface decoration, with infinite panels of sculpted terracotta plaques.
This 15-sq-meter, three-story edifice was originally crowned with nine ornamental two-story towers, which collapsed during the great earthquake of 1897 and were never replaced. The temple is built on a high platform. This is a Nava-ratna temple. 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.
The department of Archaeology has been performing the necessary conservation and restoration works of Kantaji Temple since it was declared a protected monument by the Government in 1960. This is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Referred to how to go Dinajpur from Dhaka, click here.
Dinajpur and Dhaka are also linked by road. You take a bus from Dhaka to get to Dinajpur. Some of the bus services are listed below for your assistance:
1. Keya Paribahan
Contact: Gabtoli: 88-02-9000812, 01193-255 944. 01193-255 943
Shyamoli: 01193-255 941
Arambagh: 01711-704 171
Uttora: 01197-435 092
2. Bablu Enterprise
Contact: Shymoli: 8120653, 01716 932 122
Fair: BDT 600 (Approx.)
3. Nabil Enterprise
Contact: Asad gate: 02-9007036, 02-8012136
Fair: BDT 600 (Approx.)
4. Mim Paribahan
Contact: Gabtoli: 01911013694, 01734422971
The accommodation facilities in Dinajpur are developed than before. Some of the places you may consider staying in are listed below for your assistance.
1. Al Rashid Hotel
Contact: 01716 535956, 0531 65658
2. Hotel Diamond
3. Hotel Unique
Contact: 01736 335264, 0531 52203
4. Parjatan Motel
5. Caritas Guest House
West Shibrampur, Dinajpur,
Phone: 0531-65673, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Dinajpur Circuit House
RK Mission Road, Dinajpur.
Phone: 0531-63112, 63377
7. FPAB Guest House
Phone: 0531-63214, Email: email@example.com
8. Hotel Capilla
One can start his journey for the monument from Dinajpur town or Sayedpur Airport by any kind of motorized vehicle. We suggest travelers to hire a rickshaw van of take a ride by ‘Nosimon’ from the place called “Das Mile”, which means 10 miles’ upto “Baro Mile”, which means 12 miles’ boat point. It may take 10-20 Taka person for ride. You can also observe architectural beauty of 1704-1752 A.D. of the temple.
The food management is also very good. You can get different types of food items there. It won’t be a great problem to find a suitable restaurant for you to eat. The foods are also very delicious. You can get foods also from the resident hotel where you are staying.
There is a small market where you can find different types of items that are related with these places. These are really nice places that are very charming.
Lingam (Phallic Emblem of Shiva) is the part of Hinduism. This Lingam has got from Vojessor in Naria Upazila. Vojessor Sib Lingo (Lingam) is the 2nd greater lingam in the India Sub-Continent. It was made by valuable stones. It is open for everybody to seeing.
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A Buddhist temple has been discovered in the territory of 2500 years old fort city named Wari-Bateshwar,Narsingdi. It has been located 14 kilometer away from the mother site of Wari-Bateshwar. It has been discovered at the village of Tongir tek, Shibpur upazila, Narsingdi. After discovering, the team of Archaeologist from Jahangirnagar University named it as ‘Tongir tek Mandir Vita’. Researcher conducting excavation there, assuming that it might be 1500 years old ancient Buddhist temple. With the discovery of this feature, it has been evaluating as a milestone in Buddha religion.
Along with the extended excavation, Researcher also collecting the seeds and pollens from this site. This collection will help a broad-spectrum research to reveal the environment, life style and eventually food habits of ancient people.
Researcher came to knew about the temple in the year of 2011, and they started excavating the site in 2012 where they found a parent room (গর্ভগৃহ) of the temple. Currently, researchers said that they have completed one-fourth of the excavation. Along with parent room of this temple there are Mandap & a Corridor interconnected which is a great sign of a complete ‘Buddhist Temple’.
There is a copperplate named ‘ASHRAFPUR COPPERPLATE’ also discovered from the same Upazila, previously. Where it was mentioned that there were four ‘Buddhist Bihar or Biharika’ in that region. Now, Archaeologist trying to discover those by excavating this temple. Generally, Buddhist Bihar is a part of the Temple & located very near to the worshipping house. May be someday, Archaeologist will discover the Bihar along with this Temple which will bring a new dimension in Buddha religion of Bangladesh.)  => Array ( [name] => Chowdhury Bari Moth [post_id] => 9088 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/choudhuri-bari-moth/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/choudhuri-bari-moth-1-169x300.jpg [post_content] =>
If you come to see "Baro Awliar Mazar" (বারো আওলিয়ার মাজার) in Tetultola, Munshiganj Sadar then after leaving you will turn out to a place called Chowdhury Bari. Here you will see a beautiful but abandoned Hindu Moth named as Chowdhury Bari Moth which was sometimes used as a temple.
The Grave of Twelve Awlia is situated at Mohakali Union in Munshiganj Sadar. The Union Complex is situated at Chowdhury Bazar and the abandoned Moth/Hindu Temple is called Chowdhury Bari Moth.
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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.) )
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