The Shrine of Lalon Fakir

Type: Shrine
Contributed By: Nayeem
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Brief

The Shrine of Lalon Fakir is located in Kushtia district of Khulna division close to Kushtiya Railway Station. Lalon Fakir was born in 1774 and died in 1890. The details of Lalon’s early life are debatable and not possible to verify. He had many qualities, a spiritual leader, mystic poet, reformer and composer of Baul songs.

Lalon sketch by Jyotirindranath Tagore

Researchers say that, It is said by locals that Lalon was born into a Kayastha family in the Bharora village in Kushtia. The Lalon festival is held every year at the Lalon Akhra in Kushtia every year where Bauls and admirers of Lalon from different parts of the country gather. Many singers sing Bauls songs that hold audience spellbound.

How to go

The Shrine of Lalon Fakir is 2 km away from Kushtia railway station. You need to take bus or CNG auto rickshaw and head there from the rail station.

How To Reach: Kushtia District

You can travel to Kushtia from Dhaka by bus. Some of the bus services have been listed below for your assistance:

1. SB Super Deluxe
Gabtoli Counter, Phone: 02-9000627
Fare: TK 600 (AC), TK 450 (Non AC)

2. Shyamoli Paribahan
Gabtoli counter, Phone: 01711-987 028

Where to Stay

There are some hotels in the district where you may consider staying in. Some of them have been listed below for your assistance:

1. Azmiree hotel
Contact: 071-53012

2. Desha Guest house
Contact: 01720510212

3. Hotel Al-Amin
Contact: 071-54193

4. Hotel Gold Star
Contact: 071-61675

5. Hotel River view
Contact: 071-71660

Things to do

A large number of Baul singers and enthusiasts attend the akhda twice a year, Dol-Purnima, in the month of Falgun (February-March) and Lalon Smaran Utshab (memorial festival) in October. During these festivals, Bauls pay endless tributes to their spiritual leader and share a common interest- impassioned rendition of Lalon songs that satiate their souls. You will enjoy awesome akhda.

You may visit which is one of the oldest theaters in Bangladesh.You may also visit Porimol Theater one of the oldest in our country, Gopinath Zeor temple, and enjoy Rath Jatra, traditional Hindu festival associated with Lord Jagannath observed in Kushtia with befitting manner.

Eating Facilities

You need to search for restaurants nearby, or you can carry foods.

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  • Lalon, also known as Lalon Sain, Lalon Shah, or Lalon Fakir (c. 1774– 17 October 1890), was a Bengali Baul saint, mystic, songwriter, social reformer and thinker. In Bengali culture he has become an icon of religious tolerance whose songs inspired and influenced many poets, social and religious thinkers including Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, and Allen Ginsberg though he "rejected all distinctions of caste and creed".

  • Fakir Lalon Shah, the most prominent figure in the baul tradition, is unique as he blended different traditions of devotional rites such as Shahajia of Buddhism, Shahajia of Vaishnavism, Sufism of Islam and several other traditional beliefs, raising some universal questions through simple craftsmanship. Lalon songs have attracted widespread attention for their mystical approach to humanism as well as their melodious tunes.

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