Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kishoreganj: Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী)


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Saturday, 08 June 2013





Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী) is located at the Gangatia(গাংগাটিয়া) union of Hossenpur upozela(হোসেনপুর উপজেলা) from the Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ) district. But it has a direct road from Kishoreganj town. I didn't know that and visited there via the Hossenpur Upozela(হোসেনপুর উপজেলা). It was almost reaching a place after having round a turn of 360 degree(for example a 20 minutes or road, but I have reached there using another one that required 80 minutes). But the countryside beauty of our Bangladesh enthralled me a lot during the ride.


This Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ী) is currently known as Manob Babur Bari(মানব বাবুর বাড়ী) as the current owner's name is Manab Babu(মানব বাবু) who is the last descendent of the Gangatia Jomidar(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার). When I have reached there, it was around 12:00pm at the day. He was surprised as I was alone to visit there. He invited me to his Boithok Khana(বৈঠকখানা) and there we had a long chat on various topics. It was an wonderful moment and our time ran away within a blink. I wanted to prolong the conversation for another few hours, but unfortunately I had to cover other places and was running out of time. He has requested me to have a lunch with him as it was the lunch time when I was returning from there.





Manob Babu(মানব বাবু) has fisheries project near from his house. He also suggested me to have a visit on his project. But once again, I was running out of time. So couldn't visit those projects. While returning from there, he gave a driver and a motorbike with me so that I do not face any problem to find the shortest path while returning. His hospitality and the generosity impressed me a lot.


According to the Manob Babu(মানব বাবু), they are the possible smallest Jomidar(জমিদার) from the Bangladesh. He also mentioned that their forefathers came here from India, a Brahmin family(very strictly following Brahmin). During the war of 1971, the Pakistani armies and their Bangladeshi allies have done lot of damage to their house. Right now he is living there with his wife and sister. Neither he nor his brothers(all his brothers are passed away) have any children.


Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী) is mainly a small house that is having an array of Roman styled columns at the front. The architecture and the style of the building from the front side is amazingly beautiful. Very few travelers use to visit here. This Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ী) is a small one, but it has a massive boundary. The front door is also decorated and stylish. (গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী)


This one is built lastly. They use to live in this building.



How to Go:

Below is the shortest direction to visit the Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী).


1) Take a battery driven vehicle from the Bot toli(বটতলী) of Kishoreganj(কিশোরগঞ্জ) town. Its around 20 taka per person. It takes around 25 minutes to reach near Gangatia(গাংগাটিয়া). GPS Coordinate of the tempo stand is (24°26'29.65"N, 90°46'36.86"E). Dropping zone to leave the battery driven vehicle is (24°27'14.96"N, 90°42'8.58"E).


2) You'll find nothing here. So start walking by asking direction to the local people(10/12 minutes of walking). They know this as Manob Babur Bari(মানব বাবুর বাড়ী). GPS Coordinate of the Manob Babur Bari(মানব বাবুর বাড়ী) aka Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী) is (24°27'45.63"N, 90°42'11.82"E).


Most of the Hindu Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ী) from Bangladesh are in a very poor condition. That time the owners were facing difficulties for religious upheaval and other adverse situations, thus they have sensed an urgency to leave this country for their own safety. But fortunately, here they are still living with pride, may be they were too much friendly with the peasants.


Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী).



Boithok Khana(বৈঠকখানা). Me and Manab Babu(মনব বাবু), the last descendent of Gangatia Jomidar(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার) had a long chat here on various topics.



Boithok Khana(বৈঠকখানা). Me and Manab Babu(মনব বাবু), the last descendent of Gangatia Jomidar(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার) had a long chat here on various topics.



I loved this artwork on this tiles of the wall.



Verandah or Corridor?



Firmly built wooden floor.



Stylish design at the top of the roman styled built columns.



Closer look towards the design.



Roman style columns.



Most of the belongings were damaged for lack of care. Few were damaged during the war at 1971 as they were Hindu Jomidar(হিন্দু জমিদার). This is the only remaining belongings from the forefathers.



A symmetric Noksha(নকশা) at the celling. Its made recently.



View from the inner side.



A portion of Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী).



A portion of Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী).



Front facade of the Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী) that is surrounded with high walls.



A temple near at the front gate of the Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ী).



A temple near at the front gate of the Jomidar Bari(জমিদার বাড়ী).



Gangatia Jomidar Bari(গাংগাটিয়া জমিদার বাড়ী),
Gangatia, Kishoreganj District,
Bangladesh

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



11 comments:

  1. The pictures of the mansion are very remarkably shot . It makes me remember my childhood days . But can I know your name please? It would be very helpful to me . A more detailed account of gangatia was expected.

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    1. Thanks... I am just a traveler... Lonely Traveler...

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    2. I have visited this place in 2004 May as I was deputed in Mymensingh. Can any one help me out with Mr. Manabendra Chakraborty's contact number?

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    3. May be you can write to him by post. It should goes at "Gangatia Jomidar Bari, Upazela: Hossenpur, District: Kishoreganj".

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  2. thanks for giving helping information to visit it

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  3. Today, Manab babu may be small Jomidar as he has mentioned) in this write up. But this was not the case before / after partition. 50% relatives (gyati:- same blood) of Manab Babu had returned back to India just before and after partition. And many -many stayed back and left gangatia after partition or '71 war. This may be due to the frequent rajakar attack as well as attack/politics of their gyati (same blood) brothers, HAPPY TO SEE THAT MANAB BABU IS ENJOYING. Through plenty of struggle most of the gangatia hindu rari shreni brahmins (mostly kashyap gotra - same as Manab babu) are well settled in various parts of India. THANKS TO MANAB BABU..................................

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  4. I am glad to share that they are my relatives. I had visited & stayed there several times. Its still very Nostalgic. Good to see that Mr. Manabendra Chakraborty (Manab babu) Still raising the flag of Jomider's with pride.

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    1. My name is Tarak Ranjan Chakrabarti grand son of Rajendra Nath Chakraborty Choudhury of Gangatia & cousin brother of Manabendra Nath Chakrabarti.But I can not able to recognise you.

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    2. I am just a traveler who went for a traveling on that house that day. Nice to meet you...

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  5. How does one visit this place from the US? Is it safe? Any suggestions on a reliable travel agency? Thanks.

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    1. You can contact this guy from the link. He helps foreign ppl to arrange tours in Bangladesh. http://www.trip2bangladesh.com/

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