Madhnagar Rath Bari (মাধনগর রথবাড়ী) is the largest and oldest Rath Bari of this subcontinent. In 1867, the famous Zamindar Zamini Sundori Bosak of Dilalpur area in Pabna, established this Rath (Chariot in English). The owner of the Rath was the then Zamindar of Natore, Shoilobala (শৈলবালা) and Kalidashi (কালীদাসী). Once upon a time, each year according to the lunar, in the Bengali month of Ashar (আষাঢ়), people celebrated Chariot fare and rituals here. The Zamindars of Birakutsa (বীরকুৎসা) and Goyalkandi (গোয়ালকান্দি) used to send their elephants to take part and work in this Chariot. The landlord Zamini Sundori of Dilalpur in Pabna used to send all the expenses.
Since 1867 until 1947, she carried all the costs. After the partition, it had been dysfunctional. From the year 2012, the Chariot has been started again by the local community, and started rituals again. There are currently 15 acres of land in the name of the Chariot. Pintu Odhikari is responsible for maintaining the whole rituals and maintenances of Rath Bari. There is a Mandir just near to the Rath Bari where the locals perform their rituals.
This place is located in the West Madhnagar Village of Madhnagar Union. After reaching at Natore Sadar, take rickshaw to go Natore Station. From there, you can find CNG or Auto rickshaw to go Madhnagar Union of Naldanga Upazila. The fare is TK 30. After reaching at Madhnagar Bazar, take VAN to reach that Rath Bari.
After reaching at Natore Sadar Upazila, take Auto or rickshaw from Dhaka bus stand or Madrasa Mor (মাদ্রাসা মোড়) to reach Natore Railway Station. From the Station Bazar, you can either take local train or auto-rickshaw or CNG to reach Naldanga Bazar.
There are no staying facilities in Naldanga Upazila as it has been established as a new Upazila. You have to stay in Natore Sadar
Referred to where to eat at Natore Sadar, click here
On 21st February, a rally of students were coming towards Dhaka Medical College during the Language Movement in 1952. The police shoot towards the rally and instantly some of the protesters of the first line were killed immediately. One of them was Shahid Abul Barkat (1927-1952). Few days after, the Central Shaheed Minar was built in here and from 2000, UNESCO declared 21 February as the Mother Language Day.
Previous History: In 1947, Pakistan got independence from India. There was two parts of Pakistan- the east and the west. Eastern Pakistan was green by the bless of river God and populated with a lot of people and on the other hand, the western Pakistan was nothing but a desert, population was also low. Demographic, social and economical lifestyle of these two parts of land were completely different, language was different too. But the capital was established in the west and the rulers ruled the entire country living in the west. From 1947, Urdu was the only state language of Pakistan whereas the students of Dhaka university always wanted to make Bengali as a secondary language. Finally in 1952, after some students were killed in the language movement, the government decided to make Bengali as a second language. Later, the eastern part of Pakistan became an independent country by the liberation war in 1971 named Bangladesh.
Early Life of Abul Barkat: Abul Barkat was a student who came to Dhaka for his higher studies. He was born at Murshidabad, West Bengal (now India). He stayed at his maternal uncle's home during his stay in Dhaka. He was a student of Masters level while he is being killed by the police open fire on 21 February, 1952 (aged 24).The Abul Barkat Memorial Museum: Abul barkat was died in Dhaka Medical College hospital on 21st February after 8:30 PM. Many people were killed on that day. It is strongly believed that, more than 90% of the dead bodies were hidden by the government which did not receive any ritual and never found. Abul Barkats body might be one of them but fortunately his body was found and identified and buried in the Azimpur Graveyard, Dhaka according to proper procedures of Muslim believe. Many stories have written about the killings of 21 February in the Bengali Literature. The Memorial Complex is actually a library, a seminar hall and a gallery of photographs of the language movement. It was built and inaugurated in 2012 in the Palashi, Dhaka University area by the funding of the government. It is actually a language martyr museum not only just for Abul Barkat. It is just named after Abul Barkat. The Museum is open 6 days a week from 10 AM to 4 PM, except Fridays and national holidays (only 21 February & 16 December is an exception). No ticket or entry fee is needed to enter into the two storied memorial complex. From December to March, the institute arranges special video programs for the young students to let them aware of the language movement and the liberation war.
The Language martyr Abul Barkat was honored with the "Ekushee Padak" (the highest non military achievement in Bangladesh) by the Governmnet of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh in 2000. His grave is situated in Azimpur Graveyard in Dhaka.)  => Array ( [name] => Itakumari Landlord House [post_id] => 1898 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/itakumari-landlord-house/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Itakumari-Landlord-House-300x200-300x200.jpg [post_content] =>
Itakumari Landlord house was established in 19th century. Shibchondro elder son of landlord Rajarai was the founder of Itakhula Landlord house. Now most of the building are ruined. Now a well two large pond and elderly building witness of time. Point to be noted that leaders of the public rebellion Devi singha and his assistant Harramsen one time on a time get the owner by forcing. Again Shibchanda and Devi Chowdhurani lead the public rebellion and free the people of Rangpur from Devi singha's torture.)  => Array ( [name] => Jagroto Chowrangi Muktijoddha Monument [post_id] => 3028 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/jagroto-chowrangi-muktijoddha-monument/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/offroadbangladeshlogo2-300x178.png [post_content] =>
Jagroto Chowrangi' (The Vigilant Crossroad), a 18 feet high concrete piece on a 24 feet pedestal which is placed at the Joydevpur cross-road. One of most remarkable sculpture is a memorial to the valiant retaliation by Bengali soldiers against the brutal genocide unleashed on 25th March by the Pakistan Army. This was designed by Abdur Razzaque who was among the few talented and dedicated students of the Government Institute of Arts who played a pioneering role in the development of the modern western style of painting in Bangladesh. The monument shows a brave freedom fighter facing the aggressors with a rifle in one hand and a grenade in the other. Although the figure is basically realistic, there is some stylization in the form of exaggeration. This important outdoor piece installed in a public space added a whole new dimension to the art of sculpture in Bangladesh.)  => Array ( [name] => Curzon Hall [post_id] => 4463 [post_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/places/curzon-hall/ [thumb_link] => http://offroadbangladesh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Corner_view_of_Curzon_Hall_DU-Mir-Mahadi-Hassan1-300x224.jpg [post_content] => Curzon Hall is a part of the school of science of Dhaka University, which is situated in Dhaka city of Dhaka district. The hall has been named after Lord Curzon who was the Viceroy of India. The hall was built in 1904. After Bengal was partitioned and Dhaka became the new capital of East Bengal and Assam, it was used as the premise of Dhaka college but later after the establishment of University of Dhaka it became part of the University’s science division. The place has significant historic value due to being the point of origin where the students of Dhaka University in 1948 first uttered their refusal to accept Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s declaration that Urdu alone would be the state language in the whole of Pakistan and sparked the Language Movement. ) )
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