Horipur Boro Bari (হরিপুর বড় বাড়ি), also known as Horipur Jomidar Bari (হরিপুর জমিদার বাড়ী) is a mammoth mansion that is located at the Horipur (হরিপুর) village of Nasirnogor Upazila (নাসিরনগর উপজেলা) of Brahmanbaria district (ব্রাহ্মণবাড়িয়া জেলা). This is exactly adjacent to the bank of the river Titash (তিতাস নদী). From outside its hard to get any essence of it's antiquity and beauty. This is a capacious mansion having plenty of rooms at the both floor. Unfortunately we do not have much information about the owner of the edifice.
From the internet, and from the inscription from a Moth (মঠ) near the area it is found that the owner was Jomidar Krishna Prasad Ray Choudhury (জমিদার কৃষ্ণ প্রসাদ রায় চৌধুরী) who built that around 1343 (১৩৪৩) of Bengali Calendar. At the front side it has a Ghat (ঘাট) for taking bath (also may be for taking part in a family gossip during after noon). It was the noon when I was there. Several male and female were taking bath there and most of the women were semi nude. That's why I didn't take any picture of the Ghat (ঘাট).
Right now the situation of the building is not good. This is now occupied by lot of poor families (seemed to me Hindu people from their dress up and religious practice). Due to lack of care most of the walls are decaying. Its a two stored building and few portion of the second floor is risky. But still people are living at the ground floor.
The mammoth size, stylish architecture, etc simply implies that how sumptuous the owner was. Though most of the parts are diminished but still there is a portion of a Pasha Ghor (পাশা ঘর) exists at the second floor. Probably the owner used to play Pasha (পাশা) with his mates. May be it was a dance floor where the rich Baijee (বাঈজী) used to perform every night. Those things are history now. May be we'll not know anything about this anymore.
Since this is exactly beside the river Titash (তিতাস নদী), lot of people use to visit here with a boat as a part of their picnic. I have seen one boat there making loud noise with their devices and enjoying their presence (not sure how they can enjoy such things!). As per the local, this type of picnic party uses to visit frequently during the weekends. And still people from our Dhaka know very little about this place.
You can explore the river after visiting this old Jomidar Bari (জমিদার বাড়ী). But I didn't see any boat for hiring around there. Most of those were the private boats. May be you can request them to use for a while. Just about few hundreds meter apart from the building you'll find a cremation place which was built by the same owner.
How to Go:
This Horipur Jomidar Bari (হরিপুর জমিদার বাড়ী) is located at the Horipur (হরিপুর) village of Nasirnogor (নাসিরনগর). But from Madhabpur of Hobiganj (মাধবপুর, হবিগঞ্জ) this will be nearest for you. You can take the bus of Hobiganj (হবিগঞ্জ) and get down from the bus at Madhabpur (মাধবপুর) bazaar, GPS (24° 5'45.90"N, 91°17'25.04"E). From there just take a CNG driven vehicle or any other available public transport to get near the Boro Bari (বড় বাড়ী). Its around 5 kilometer from there.
But we have used a different route as we didn't have any idea about the exact location of the place. We have leaved our bus at Sarail Bissho Road (সরাইল বিশ্ব রোড). From there we have reached at Nasirnogor (নাসিরনগর) bazaar which was far and unnecessarily lengthy way. From there We have again hired another CNG driven vehicle to come near to this Boro Bari (বড় বাড়ী). The GPS coordinate of the Boro Bari (বড় বাড়ী) is (24° 6'29.41"N, 91°15'26.34"E).
Horipur Boro Bari (হরিপুর বড়বাড়ী),
Upazila: Nasirnagar (নাসিরনগর),
District: Brahmanbaria (ব্রাহ্মণবাড়িয়া),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ)
GPS Coordinate: (24° 6'29.41"N, 91°15'26.34"E)
This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
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