Friday, August 31, 2012

Bandarban: Jadipai Waterfall(জাদিপাই ঝরনা)

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Jadipai waterfall(জাদিপাই ঝরনা) is located at deep inside the hilly area of Bandarban(বান্দরবান) from Bangladesh. I have seen lot of waterfalls from Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ), but Jadipai(জাদিপাই) is the most beautiful waterfall as per my observation.

A view from Jadipai Para.

What does the word Jadipai(জাদিপাই) means? I have asked one tribal from Passing Para(পাসিং পারা) about the word. Though most of his sentences were not clear to me, but the summary is, a flame of fire(they called Jadi(জাদি)) is seen at the hills near there every month, once or twice.

A flatland surrounded by hills.

Anyway, our main intention was to do a six hours of trek from Keokaradong(কেওকারাডং) to Baklai Para(বাকলাই পারা). But at early morning some of us decided to visit the Jadipai waterfall(জাদিপাই ঝরনা) first, and after that they will march for Baklai Para(বাকলাই পারা). But later, one by one, all most every member from the team decided to visit the Jadipai(জাদিপাই) first. I was the catalyst to influence their decision.

Firs clear view of the waterfall through jungle.

From Keokaradong(কেওকারাডং), it took around 2 hours(or more) to reach at the waterfall. It was totally a downhill trekking which takes the exam of your knee. Amid of our downhill trekking we have had a break at the Jadipai para(জাদিপাই পারা). Few of us had lighten our bags at the house of Laal Ring(লাল রিং), a tribal.

After the most of the hard working downhill trekking, we have encountered a lovely flatland on our way. The Jadipai(জাদিপাই) village was actually near here previously but shifted later. Its a total flatland and a Jhiri(ঝিরি) is flowing through it. We have slacked our thirst here once again.

The last 20 minutes of the trekking towards the waterfall was slight risky for its vertical downhill path. Also the path is entirely covered with leeches. Local tribal use to call this Jadipai(জাদিপাই) Waterfall as the waterfall of Leech. Hence they do not visit this portion very often.

On the way to the base of the waterfall.

But we were lucky. It was around 11.00 at morning. Sun at the sky was really heating and it was scorching. Also lot of tourists already have visited the path before us today. So combining all the factors, the activity of leeches were negligible. But trust me, this final 20 minutes of the path use to be the nest of leeches.

Meandered top of the waterfall.

After reaching to the bottom of the waterfall we had an invigorating shower. Also we have enjoyed few moments around the falls. Its a lovely waterfall. The surface of the waterfall is corrugated and this is the main reason to make the waterfall more beautiful. Another thing is the width of the waterfall. In Bangladesh you'll not see too many waterfalls are having such width. Finally, the height of the waterfall is respectable too.

Its easy to reach Jadipai waterfall(জাদিপাই ঝরনা). But you'll remember the returning path in your whole life. Its around 2.5 hours(or more) of sharp climbing. Its really a hard working task. Possibly this is the reason for people who have visited the waterfall do not visit twice.

If you are planning to visit the waterfall, you can stay at Keokaradong(কেওকারাডং), Passing Para(পাসিং পারা), or at Jadipai para(জাদিপাই পারা). Best time for visiting is around rainy season.

Front view of the waterfall.

Beneath the waterfall for shower.

Maize Flower(ভুট্টা ফুল) - Zea mays

Bengali Name : ভুট্টা
Common Name : Maize, Corn, etc.
Botanical Name : Zea mays
Family : Poaceae

A female inflorescence(ears) with sliks

Maize is the most growing grains from American region. In English speaking countries it is known as Corn. Botanical name of the Corn is Zea mays from the plant family Poaceae. In Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ) we call this as Bhutta(ভুট্টা). Maize was basically indigenous to the American region. Civilization like Mayans used to cultivate this as a crop. After invasion to that region, later this was spread to the world with the hand of Spanish and other European invaders.

A male inflorescence

Corn is basically a erect plant which sometimes resembles like canes. In fact the stem of the sweet-corn plant is sweet like sugar cane. Leafs of this plant are kind of sword like and rough edged, arranged oppositely at the stem as a whorl. Ears(female flower) use to emerge from the joining point of the leaf and the stem. The whole ears is covered with several lays of leafs and at the end of the ears a bunch of sliks are found. These sliks are basically the stigma of the female flower.

Male flower use to come from the apex of the plant. Each plant carries only one male flower and multiple female flowers. Male flowers are full with stamens. After successful germination the female flower use to have kernels(seeds) around it. The young seeds can be easily consumed but mature seeds are very hard and require cooking or other processing.

This corn became popular for only one reason. No matter how adverse the condition is, it grows superb. The northern part of Bangladesh(বাংলাদেশ) is cultivating this grain in a huge scale. Also in our hilly areas the tribal are cultivating this crop with others in Zum(জুম) field.

Photos of this article were taken from a Zum(জুম) of Bandarban(বান্দরবান) Hill. I was traveling there during August 2012.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Rajshahi: Puthia Rajbari & Temples

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Shib Mondir(শিব মন্দির)

Puthia(পুঠিয়া) is located at 30 kilometers apart from the Rajshahi(রাজশাহী) town. Its beside the Rajshahi-Dhaka highway. This place has a Rajbari(রাজবাড়ী) and lot of different type of temples. The whole premise is surrounded by a lake which is acting as a boundary.

Shib Mondir(শিব মন্দির):

Shib Mondir(শিব মন্দির)

Shib mondir(শিব মন্দির) is located at the entrance of the Puthia premise. This is having a height of 65 ft. Approximately 200 years back the queen Bhuban Mohini(ভুবন মোহিনী দেবী) Debi was built this temple. Inside the temple a phallus of lord Shiva is available. Beside the temple, another small temple is available.

Shib Mondir(শিব মন্দির)

Beside the Shib Mondir(শিব মন্দির)

Shib Mondir(শিব মন্দির)

Shib Mondir(শিব মন্দির)

Dol Moncho(দোল মঞ্চ):

Dol Moncho(দোল মঞ্চ)

Dol Moncho(দোল মঞ্চ) is at the opposite side of the Rajbari(রাজবাড়ী), beside a field. Its a four stored temple. Upper floor is smaller then the lower one. That means the top most flower is the smallest one. Around 100 years back, the queen Hem Kumari Debi(হেম কুমারী দেবী) was built this temple.

Dol Moncho(দোল মঞ্চ)

Puthia Rajbari(পুঠিয়া রাজবাড়ী):

Puthia Rajbari(পুঠিয়া রাজবাড়ী)

This old mansion is right now serving as Loskorpur(লস্করপুর) Degree College. This palace is like any other Jomidar(জমিদার) palaces from Bangladesh. Near the mansion a Ghat(ঘাট) is available at the lake which is bounded by brick wall. Possibly the females from the Rajbari(রাজবাড়ী) used to take bath there.

Puthia Rajbari(পুঠিয়া রাজবাড়ী)

Puthia Rajbari Ghat(পুঠিয়া রাজবাড়ী ঘাট)

Gobindo Mondir(গোবিন্দ মন্দির):

Gobindo Mondir(গোবিন্দ মন্দির)

To me, this is the most beautiful temple from the Puthia premise. The wall of the temple is depicted the Ramayan, Maha Bharat, etc. This is exactly beside the Rajbari. The temple is having similarity with the Kantajew Temple of Dinajpur.

Gobindo Mondir(গোবিন্দ মন্দির)

Gobindo Mondir(গোবিন্দ মন্দির)

Gobindo Mondir(গোবিন্দ মন্দির)

Gobindo Mondir(গোবিন্দ মন্দির)

Ahnik Mondir(আহ্নিক মন্দির):

Ahnik Mondir(আহ্নিক মন্দির)

This is another ornate temple which is located beside the Pukur ghat(পুকুর ঘাট). Its a small one but the walls are exquisitely ornate.

Ahnik Mondir(আহ্নিক মন্দির)

Ahnik Mondir(আহ্নিক মন্দির)

Ahnik Mondir(আহ্নিক মন্দির)

Bidhobar Mondir(বিধবার মন্দির):

Bidhobar Mondir(বিধবার মন্দির)

Its a very small temple near the Ahnik Mondir(আহ্নিক মন্দির). Its beside the road. According to local people, a widow use to pray here. She was widowed at the age of 12.

Bidhobar Mondir(বিধবার মন্দির)

Boro Ahikrok Mondir(বড় আহিক্রক মন্দির):

Boro Ahikrok Mondir(বড় আহিক্রক মন্দির)

This lovely temple is located at the western side of the Puthia(পুঠিয়া) premise. I don't know exactly for what purpose this temple is served. But its having delicate architecture and the walls are highly ornate.

Boro Ahikrok Mondir(বড় আহিক্রক মন্দির)

Boro Ahikrok Mondir(বড় আহিক্রক মন্দির)

Boro Ahikrok Mondir(বড় আহিক্রক মন্দির)

Gopal Mondir(গোপাল মন্দির):

Gopal Mondir(গোপাল মন্দির):

This is located at the same premise of the Boro Ahikrok Mondir(বড় আহিক্রক মন্দির). Its a single door small temple and like other temple its wall is having flamboyant ornate. This temple is having a height around 8 meter.

Gopal Mondir(গোপাল মন্দির):

How to Go:

This is very easy to visit the Puthia(পুঠিয়া) from Rajshahi town. There is a bus stand near the railway station. You can use the local bus from there for Puthia(পুঠিয়া). Its around 20 taka per person. You have to get down from the bus at Puthia Bazar(পুঠিয়া বাজার). From Puthia Bazar(পুঠিয়া বাজার), its 4 taka van fare to reach at the main premise.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Leopard Lily - Belamcanda chinensis

Common Name : Leopard lily, Blackberry lily, etc.
Botanical Name : Belamcanda chinensis
Family : Iridaceae

Our today's flower is Leopard Lily. This flower is having dotted like a leopard, that's why it has such name. It has a scientific name Belamcanda chinensis and it belongs to the plant family Iridaceae.

Leopard lily is also known as Blackberry lily. Its a rhizomatous erect perennial having a height of 2-3 ft. Leafs are sword shaped and flowers are loosely clusters. Its an ornamental flowering plant.

Leopard lily flowers are extremely beautiful. This delicate flower is having six petals. Color of the flower is orange and having dark red/brick colored spots on it. A centered stigma is surrounded by three stamens having yellow filaments.

The seed of the plant is poisonous, also part of the plant is poisonous when ingested.

Photos of this article were taken from Bandarban(বান্দরবান), I was traveling there during August 2012.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Boronokha Ful(বড়নখা ফুল) - Monochoria hastata

Bengali Name : বড়নখা
Common Name : Arrow Leaf Pondweed
Botanical Name : Monochoria hastata
Family : Pontederiaceae

Boro Nokha(বড়নখা ফুল) is an aquatic plant from the same genre of water hyacinth. Common name of the flower is Arrow Leaf Pondweed. Botanical name is Monochoria hastata. It pertains to the plant family Pontederiaceae. This water weed is widely seen at the Indian subcontinent.

People often use to confuse this flower with water hyacinth as it grows at water and also as the color of the flower is blue. This plant is easily identified by it's leafs. Heart shaped leafs are slight larger and having pointed at one side. For this criterion it is called as Arrow Leafed Pondweed.

Boronokha(বড়নখা ফুল) grows at the watery lands, swamp area, beside ponds, etc. Color of the flower is from light blue to blue, and sometimes violets. Flowers are basically a cluster of six petals small flowers. Each flower from the cluster is having an erect stigma surrounded by 4/5 stamens having yellow filaments.

Though this plant is considered as a weed, but still it has several uses in our life. We use the leaf of this plant to fodder our domestic animals. The root of the plant has a great use to ease the ache of tooth.

Photos of this article were taken from Bandarban(বান্দরবান) during August 2012.

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