Friday, 30 December 2011
Boktnogor/Boktonogor(বকতনগর/বক্তনগর) is a place located near the Shikari Para(শিকারী পারা) after Bandura bazaar(বান্দুরা বাজার). Beside the bank of the Ichhamoti river(ইছামতি নদী), you'll find an old house that is currently abandoned. I don't know much about the house(no inscription found).
From the architecture of the old house, I only can guess that it was a house of a wealthy man who could have been a Jomidar(জমিদার) or a rich merchant. This well built edifice has lot of rooms inside. Front side of the house is still firm, but damaged at the back sides.
Still now a days the house has a lot of open spaces around including ponds. At the south-west corner of the mansion, another edifice is available. This one is an old mosque. Again it is unsure about the builder of the mosque.
If the owner of the mosque and the house is the same person, then I must say the owner was a Muslim. The village name is Boktnogor(বক্তনগর) which should came from Bokht Nogor(বখত নগর). Possibly someone lived there named Bokht(বখত) and sounds a Muslim name. Anyway all are predictions.
The mosque is a small one having three domes at the top. Middle one is a bit larger compare to other twos. Just above the main gate, and inscription is found written in Arabic. I couldn't translate that one. The mosque has a pond at the southern side and a graveyard at the eastern side.
I have visited the place hastily, otherwise I could have talked with local people to cull some information about the buildings. I have uploaded few photos with this article. If you want to visit the place, just look at the bottom of the article, you'll find the directions.
How to Go:
1. Take the bus of Bandura(বান্দুরা) from Fulbari, Gulistan(ফুলবাড়ি, গুলিস্তান). N Mallik(এন মল্লিক), Druto(দ্রুত), etc are the available services. Bus fare is 70 Taka per person.
2. After around 2 hours you'll be at Bandura(বান্দুরা) Bazaar. GPS coordinate of Bandura(বান্দুরা) bazaar is (23°39'28.82"N, 90°6'31.76"E).
3. From Bandura bazar(বান্দুরা বাজার) you have to go to Baruakhali(বারুয়াখালী). Using a bus it will take 15-20 minutes. Using a Tomtom it will take 30+ minutes. Fare is 20 Taka.
4. Cross the river Ichhamoti(ইছামতি নদী) at Baruakhali(বারুয়াখালী বাজার) and you'll find the Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ী) and the old mosque. GPS coordinate of the mosque and old mansion is (23°40'57.90"N, 90°4'7.85"E).
Where to Stay:
There is no suitable place to pass your night. You have to return back to Dhaka after visiting the Old edifices.