Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Narayanganj: Langolbondo Tirthosthan (লাঙ্গলবন্দ তীর্থস্থান)

Friday, 14 June 2013

It was around the rainy season and we have planed to visit the Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ), a place beside the river Old Brahmaputra (পুরাতন ব্রহ্মপুত্র নদ) at where Hindu devotee people take their bath during a specific day from the month Chaitra (চৈত্র) of Bengali Calendar. We have reached there within 10:30pm of the day. After leaving the bus at highway we have explored the Modonpur bridge (মদনপুর ব্রীজ) that is over the Old Brahmaputra River (পুরাতন ব্রহ্মপুত্র নদ). The river has narrowed down due to the construction of the bridge. Also, the river lacks a great source to have a nice flow on it. That's why the river was totally calm.

We have explored the bridge and its proximity area and collected several weed flowers from there. After that we have headed for the Langolbond Ghat (লাঙ্গলবন্দ ঘাট) at where devotee people use to take the bath to get blessing from the god. It was about 10 Taka rickshaw fare from the bridge area, and took only 5 minutes (or less).

The Ghat was totally covered with the large water hyacinths and I wonder how a boat uses to push through it. But still they are doing this masterfully. Local people are crossing the river with boats which were pushing through this water weeds easily. No bath festival (or ritual) was happening there as it wasn't the right time. But still found few pious people were there and was doing their prayers. This place gets totally overwhelmed by the Hindu people who come here to participate the ritual. May be someday I'll come back here to observe that festival.

About Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ):

There are several stories available behind this place. And it is really hard to decide to which one you are going to believe. According to Internet stories, there was a saint (ঋষি) named Jomodagni (জমদগ্নি) who had five children. His wife made a sin and he wanted to give her a punishment. He asked his children to kill their mother. Bot all were phlegmatic to do this, except the youngest one named Porshuram (পরশুরাম). He killed his mother with an axe. After that the axe got stuck with his hand as it was a sin to kill the mother.

Porshuram's father advised him to travel from temple to temple until the axe gets detached from his hand. On this course of the journey, Porshuram (পরশুরাম) reached at the Lake at Himalaya and took a bath on that lake. With the blessing of the holy water from that lake, his axe got detached from his hand. So he decided to bring the water of that lake into the flatland for normal people. So that they also can get blessings from this holy water.

He made a plow with the help of that axe (using as a blade) and started dragging it on the ground and moving forward. He became too tired when he has reached at the Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ). So he stopped his dragging at there. That's why people started to call this place as Langol Bondho (লাঙ্গল বন্ধ), which means the 'plow stopped'. Later colloquially the word Langol Bondho (লাঙ্গল বন্ধ) has transformed into Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ). And the river has created from the plowing of Porshuram (পরশুরাম). And people think it as a holy place and thus they take bath here during that particular day of year.

Still people can drive a boat through this hyacinths.

How to Go:

Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ) is very near from Dhaka city. It takes around 40 minutes to reach there using public bus services. You can take such a bus from Gulistan (গুলিস্তান). Borak (বোরাক), Shonargaon (সোনারগাঁও), etc will be a handy public bus option for you. You have to leave the bus at Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ) Bus Stoppage near Modonpur Bridge (মদনপুর ব্রীজ). GPS Coordinate of the stoppage is (23°39'37.69"N, 90°34'1.29"E). From there it is a walking distance to Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ) at where people takes the bath. GPS of this is location is (23°39'13.21"N, 90°33'56.99"E).

Modonpur Bridge (মদনপুর ব্রীজ) is visible at far over the river.

When to Go:

The bath ceremony takes place during the 8th day as per the moon phase from the month Chaitra of Bengali Calendar (চৈত্র মাসের অষ্টম তিথী). Usually its around 21-23 of the month March in English Calendar. If you can manage to go there during that day, it will be great I believe.

View of the bridge from the below.

It was rainy season, so such sky was not unexpected.

Fishing equipment at the river.

Fishing equipment at the river.

A mighty river from once upon a time became toothless.

Serene water of the river Old Brahmaputra (পুরাতন ব্রহ্মপুত্র নদ).

Langolbondo Tirthosthan (লাঙ্গলবন্দ তীর্থস্থান),
Upazela: Bondor (বন্দর উপজেলা),
District: Narayanganj (নারায়ণগঞ্জ জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS Coordinate: 23°39'13.21"N, 90°33'56.99"E

This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

False Strawberry - Duchesnea indica

Common Name : False Strawberry, Mock Strawberry, Indian Strawberry, etc.
Botanical Name : Duchesnea indica
Synonym : Potentilla indica, Fragaria indica
Family : Rosaceae

This is a weed flower that I have seen around the grasses inside the Mymensingh (ময়মনসিংহ) botanical garden. It is known as Indian Strawberry, False Strawberry, Mock Strawberry, etc for it's strawberry like fruit. This is native to Eastern and Southern Asian region and it grows here as a weed. But there are many countries at where this is being cherished as an ornamental flower. Botanical name of the weed is Duchesnea indica and it belongs to the plant family Rosaceae.

False Strawberry is a fast growing ground covering evergreen plant. This herbaceous plant is vine like, spread around using the stolons, and can tolerate moderate trampling from the pedestrians. It's leafs are trifoliolate, toothed at the margins, and having corrugated. Stems are slightly hairy.

Flowers of False Strawberry are distinctive yellow in color having five petals. Flower comes from the axil and has a large bract under it. Center of the flower has a round yellow ball shaped thing (probably the female reproduction system) surrounded by stamens. Flower brings a ball shaped red colored fruit that is having small red dots on that (which is a miniature version of strawberry).

Photos of this article were taken from Mymensingh (ময়মনসিংহ). It was the month of May 2013. This weed flower was along with other grasses inside the Agriculture University's botanical garden.

This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/

ফুলের জন্য ভালোবাসা, আমি বুনো ফুল...

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tangail: Pakutia Jomidar Bari (পাকুটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী)

Friday, 07 November 2014

Its another brand new day and we are at the edge of the Tangail district (টাঙ্গাইল জেলা) right now. We have reached here through the Manikganj (মানিকগঞ্জ). It is Pakutia Jomidar Bari (পাকুটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী) that resides under the administration of Nagorpur of Tangail district (নাগরপুর, টাঙ্গাইল জেলা). This Jomidar Bari (জমিদার বাড়ী) complex comprises of three main buildings. Out of these three, one is much larger compare to other twos. The larger one is using as a Degree college these days and also the college authority holds the ownership of other two edifices as well. But they have rented that to other organization.

Initially the Jomidari (জমিদারি) was established by the hand of Ramkrishna Shaha Mondol (রামকৃষ্ণ সাহা মন্ডল) at the early of 19th century. He has two sons named Radha Gobinda (রাধা গোবিন্দ) and Brindaban Chandra (বৃন্দাবন চন্দ্র). Radha Gobinda (রাধা গোবিন্দ) didn't have any children but Brindaban Chandra (বৃন্দাবন চন্দ্র) had three. They are Brojendro Mohon (ব্রজেন্দ্র মোহন), Upendra Mohon (উপেন্দ্র মোহন) and Jogendra Mohon (যোগেন্দ্র মোহন). Childless Radha Gobinda (রাধা গোবিন্দ) adopted the second son of his brother and later gave his whole property to him. I believe that's why his building was the largest among the three.

Currently using as a Degree college.

These three brothers later built three separate buildings for them and it was 1915 (almost 100 years from now). Each of the buildings are having extreme artwork & design, stylish columns, and small statues. Each inches of the building is having a delicate design that impresses everyone even these days. Atop of the building is having a lovely sculpture type architecture that is rich in design, concept, and taste (more if I consider the building period) in this modern days. Apart from these, there are several large ponds located at the backyard of the building.

Currently using as a Degree college.

This Jomidar (জমিদার) family was friendly towards the villagers. They have established a school during 1916 named as Brindaban Chandra Radha Gobinda School (বৃন্দাবন চন্দ্র রাধা গোবিন্দ স্কুল) [in short B.C.R.G. School] for their father and uncle. They have left this country during the 1947 separation (probably). Later at 1967 the government established B.C.R.G degree college on these buildings to commemorate the friendly Jomidar (জমিদার) family.

Currently using as a Degree college.

Apart from the Jomidar Bari, the premise now has a temple which probably used by the families who lived here. Also there is a open theater available that was used to arranged the local play or drama known as Jatra/Pala (যাত্রা/পালা).

Stylish corridor and the staircase in front of the Jomidar Bari (জমিদার বাড়ী).

How to Go:

Though this is located inside the Tangail district (টাঙ্গাইল জেলা), but it will be easier for you if you go there through the Saturia (সাটুরিয়া). You can get the bus of Saturia (সাটুরিয়া) from Gabtoli Bas Terminal (গাবতলী বাস টার্মিনাল). The bus fare is 60 Taka per person. It will take around 90-120 minutes to reach at Saturia (সাটুরিয়া).

From Saturia (সাটুরিয়া), it will be a 30 minutes of CNG vehicle ride. You have to pay 30 Taka per person for this ride. The GPS Coordinate of these gorgeous looking edifices is (24° 1'14.50"N, 89°59'19.67"E).

Stylish design over the walls and edges.

Things to Ponder:

Baliati Jomidar Bari will fall on your way after the Saturia (সাটুরিয়া). So you can also visit that mammoth mansion. That one is much larger and greater than this one.

Back side of the Jomidar Bari (জমিদার বাড়ী).

Balcony at the backside.

It was a water well for drinking.

Backyard of the Jomidar Bari (জমিদার বাড়ী).

Stylish top of the building that looks like a crown from the far.

A large pond behind the Jomidar Bari (জমিদার বাড়ী).

Right side rooms are using as classrooms.

Sculpture at the top of the building.

Probably its an angel.

Iron made railing at the second floor.

This is another house. Probably not using as College.

Lovely looking corridor in front of the mansion.

Another stylish architecture located at the top of the building.

Closer look towards the sculpture.

Not sure what are these, but looks impressive.

View of the building from the corner side.

This is the third one.

Front side of the building is most attractive.

View of the same building from the right side.

Front side of the building is most attractive.

Front side of the building is most attractive.

Statue of a Hindu woman. May be she is a goddess.

Another lovely sculpture located atop of the building.

Another Stylish work.

Two statues are placed side by side.

It's a temple.

Front view of the temple.

Front view of the temple.

Stylish column from the temple.

Its a open theater that was used that time to organize the play and drama locally known as Jatra/Pala (যাত্রা/পালা).

আমরা সবসময় একটা কথা বলি যে কেউ কিছু করলে দোষ হয়না, আমি করলেই দোষ... জি ভাই, আপনে করলেই দোষ... সবাই ময়লা ফালায়া ভাসায়া ফালাক, আপনে ফালাইয়েন না... কোথাও ঘুরতে যেয়ে কখনো জায়গাটাকে নোংরা করবেন না... কোনো ময়লা থাকলে তা ডাস্টবিনে ফেলুন, না হয় সাথে করে নিয়ে আসুন আর সুযোগ বুঝে জায়গা মতন ফেলে দিন...

Pakutia Jomidar Bari (পাকুটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী)
Union: Pakutia (পাকুটিয়া ইউনিয়ন),
Upazela: Nagorpur (নাগরপুর উপজেলা),
District: Tangail (টাঙ্গাইল জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS Coordinate: (24° 1'14.50"N, 89°59'19.67"E)

This article has written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/