Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bagerhat: Zinda Pir Mosque (জিন্দা পীরের মসজিদ)

Saturday, 03 January 2015





Zinda Pir Mosque (জিন্দা পীরের মসজিদ) is very near from the Khan Jahan Ali Mazar. So we have decided to have a walk to go there. It was winter, but we were feeling few drops of rain from the sky. Due to winter I didn't have any umbrella with me. So I was a bit of tensed about getting drenched by the rain. But luckily we didn't.





This is a small square shaped mosque having a dimension 6x6 (in meter). It has a single dome at the top. The Eastern side of the wall has three doors and other twos (not Western) are having a single door. This mosque was in ruin and restored during 2002. During that restoration process the mosque has lost its most of the antiquities.





I have a chat with few locals who ware inside the premise. They were giving me a lecture about this mosque. They believe the guy who built this mosque was a holy man. He was reciting the Holy Quran one day and disappeared. That's why the believe that the guy is not dead yet. And hence they call him Zinda Pir (জিন্দা পীর), and call the mosque as Zinda Pir Mosque (জিন্দা পীরের মসজিদ). In English, the word Zinda Pir (জিন্দা পীর) means an alive holy man. This story doesn't have any authentic source to believe. It is simply the way they believe this.





This mosque premise has a lot of old graves around. Those are not having any naming and that's why it is unsure about the graves. Also it has a Mazar (মাজার) near the mosque and I found lot of people were doing prayer on there.





How to go:


It is just a few minutes of walking distance towards the west from the Khan Jahan Ali Mazar. GPS coordinate of the mosque is (22°39'42.54"N, 89°45'14.47"E).


Unknown grave near the mosque.



Where to stay:

Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট) is very near from the Khulna (খুলনা) town. Around 40 minutes of drive at maximum. And Khulna (খুলনা) is a divisional district. It has several international standard hotels along with plenty of cheap hotels. You can check in those for your night staying. I have stayed at the Royal International Hotel, an old and famous hotel from Khulna. And I always go for the old but famous hotels. The reason is, they are always classy, and everyone knows about location. Just ask anyone from Khulna (খুলনা) about this hotel from anywhere around there :-).


Unknown grave near the mosque.



Unknown grave near the mosque.






It was the day-2 of our four days trip at Southern Bangladesh. We have traveled Barisal (বরিশাল), Jhalokathi (ঝালকাঠি), Pirojpur (পিরোজপুর), Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট), and Khulna (খুলনা) in those days.

Zinda Pir Mosjid (জিন্দা পীরের মসজিদ),
Union: Shat Gombuz (ষাটগুম্বুজ),
Upazela: Bagerhat Sadar (বাগেরহাট সদর),
District: Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS coordinate: (22°39'42.54"N, 89°45'14.47"E)

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



Thursday, March 26, 2015

Udal ful (উদাল ফুল) - Sterculia villosa

Bengali Name : Udal ful (উদাল ফুল).
Common Name : Elephant rope tree.
Botanical Name : Sterculia villosa
Family : Malvaceae






Udal (উদাল ফুল) is a deciduous flowering plant that is mainly native to the India along with South Asia. We do not have this plant in plenty in our Bangladesh. But we can see this around the parks often. Being a plant from this subcontinent, it doesn't have a good English name other than the Elephant rope tree, Hairy Sterculia, etc. It belongs to the plant family Sterculiaceae. Its botanical name is Sterculia villosa.





It is a medium sized tree that is having long stalked leafs (I didn't see the leafs yet) which are palmately lobed. Leafs are having petioles which are having the same size of the leafs. This plant drops all its leafs during the flowering season.





Blooming season for Udal (উদাল ফুল) is the spring here in Bangladesh (which is February). It contains only flowers with no leafs. The count of flowers are millions on the tree. Small flowers bloom in a cluster. Shape of the small flower is similar to a cup (or nearly a bell) with five lobed petals. Color of the flower is yellow or creamy yellow with having a touch of red or maroon at the center. The tree looks beautiful with those hanging flowers during spring.





The bark of the Udal (উদাল) is fibrous and with those people make ropes. Possibly it could be a reason behind the name Elephant rope plant.



























































Photos of this article were taken from Mirpur Botanical Garden and from Curzon hall of Dhaka University. It was the month of February 2015, at the very first day of Spring here in Bangladesh.


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



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Barisal: Lakhutia Jomidar Bari (লাখুটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী)

Monday, 05 January 2015





It was our last place to visit for this whole four day's trip. We have moved there after visiting the Durga Shagor Dighi (দূর্গা সাগর দীঘি). And still we were with our battery driven auto rickshaw (hired for hourly payment). It was around 3:30 pm of the day. The road condition wasn't good as we have picked the wrong route. That's why we have walked for a while to avoid the immense jerking.





This Jomidar bari (জমিদার বাড়ী) is located at the village Lakhutia (লাখুটিয়া), also pronounced as Lakutia (লাকুটিয়া). The Jomidari (জমিদারী) was established by the Rupchondro Ray (রূপচন্দ্র রায়). But the further expansion was made by Rajchondro Ray (রাজচন্দ্র রায়) who was a grand son of him, and he is the builder of this famous Lakhutia Jomidar Bari (লাখুটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী).





The main building is a two stored building which is still currently standing, but its rooms are not in a usable condition these days as all the windows are missing. The design, style, and the architecture is very simple. From my observation, this can be an edifice of 60/70 years old.





Apart from the main building, the premise has several Shiva temples in a row at the Western side. Those are also in a ruin and currently not functional for prayer.





At the Eastern side of the building it has several moth (মঠ). Those are some small small buildings. At one of those it has an inscription. One of the decedent from this famous family named Ponkoj Kumar Ray Choudhuri (পঙ্কজ কুমার রায় চৌধুরী) has built this moth (মঠ) to commemorate his mother and father. The date is written 15 August 2001. He is currently living in Sydney, Australia.





The whole premise is currently under the boundary of the Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC). I have seen few farming activities on there at nearby fields. They use to keep their accessories inside the decaying Jomidar Bari (জমিদার বাড়ী).


These are probably Shiva temple.



How to go:

Best will be if you can go there with a reserved vehicle with you. For example a battery driven auto rickshaw. This place is just around 8 kilometer from the Barisal town. Alternately you can take the public transport service from the Nothullabad (নথুল্লাবাদ) bus stoppage. Your destination will be Babu bazar (বাবু বাজার) bus stoppage. From there its a 2 minutes of walking distance. GPS coordinate of the Lakhutia Jomidar Bari (লাখুটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী) is (22°45'44.69"N, 90°19'48.21"E).


Probably Shiva temple.



Where to stay:

We have stayed at the Hotel Athena, a handy one from the Barisal town (বরিশাল টাউন). A single room did cost us 500 Taka (double bed room is 1000-1200 Taka). And the manager of the hotel seemed friendly.


View from another perspective.



View from another side.



We call this polton.



Water for irrigation.



Seed bed for paddy. I love this beautiful thing.



Seed bed for paddy. I love this beautiful thing.



I was hiding the sun using my left hand.



Lakhutia Jomidar Bari (লাখুটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী).



A corridor at second floor.



View of the ceiling.



This is probably a Moth (মঠ).



This is probably a Moth (মঠ).



This is probably a Moth (মঠ).



This is probably a Moth (মঠ).



This guy was our auto rickshaw driver.



A closer look to the old edifice.



A simple design on the wall.



Another simple design.



It's written that the guy who built this small Moth is currently living in Sydny, Australia. He built this to commemorate his mother and father probably.



A plowing tractor inside the BADC farm.



A plowing tractor inside the BADC farm.



A plowing blade for the tractor..



A plowing blade for the tractor.



It was the day-4 of our four days trip at Southern Bangladesh. We have traveled Barisal (বরিশাল), Jhalokathi (ঝালকাঠি), Pirojpur (পিরোজপুর), Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট), and Khulna (খুলনা) on those days.

Lakhutia Jomidar Bari (লাখুটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী),
Village: Lakhutia (লাখুটিয়া),
Union: Kashipur (কাশীপুর ইউনিয়ন),
Upazela: Babuganj (বাবুগঞ্জ উপজেলা),
District: Barisal (বরিশাল জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS coordinate: (22°45'44.69"N, 90°19'48.21"E)

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