Varatkhali Kastho Mandir

Type: Temple
Contributed By: Nayeem


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.

How to go

First you have to go to Gaibandha. Then just take a CNG to go to Varatkhali Kastho Mandir. From Gaibandha to Varatkhali you have to pay just 60 taka.

How To Reach: Gaibandha District

Dhaka and Gaibandha is linked by road. You can take a bus from Dhaka to reach Gaibandha district. Some of the bus services have been listed below for your assistance.

1. S R Travels,
Gabtoli, contact: 02-8011226,
Kollanpur, contact: 02-8013793, 01711-394801,
Abdullahpur, contact: 0171944023,
Uttara, contact: 01552315318

2. Shah Fathe Ali,
Moakhali, Contact: 01193-221 085,
Uttara, Contact: 01193-221 084

3. Alhamra Travels,
Gabtoli, Contact: 88-02-9005612, 01721-802 031

4. Alhamra Paribahan,
Gabtoli, phone : 02-9005612, mobile : 01721802031

5. SR Travels
Gabtoli, contact: 02-8011226

There is one intercity train available that has one stoppage station at Gaibandha. Necessary information of the train service has been given below for your assistance:

1. Lalmoni Express:
Train operates every day except Fridays.
It may take 8 hours 17 minutes to reach the destination.

Where to Stay

There are some notable hotels In Gaibandha. Some of the hotel services have been listed below for your assistance:

1. Hotel Al-Saiful
Shahid Suhrawardy Road,
Moddhopara, Gaibandha.
Mobile: 01962-615415, 01764-990822, Phone: 0541-62090

2. Hotel R-Rahman
Shaheed Anwar Hossen Sarak, Gaibandha
Phone: 0541-61481, Mobile: 01713-270283, 01715464748

3. Hotel Rajmahal,
DB road, bus stand, Gaibandha
Mobile: 01737805563

Things to do

1. If you will visit the place, you may gather knowledge about the architectural properties of two hundreds years old Mandir.
2. You may have gather experience about the local tradition of worship.

Eating Facilities

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