Dinajpur Rajbari – Promising Tourist Spot of North Bengal

Dinajpur Rajbari is one the oldest Landlord Palaces in Northern Bangladesh. It is situated at the north-eastern portion of Dinajpur main town, a place known as ‘Rajbatika’ near the village Rajarampur. The people there so helpful that if someone wishes to visit Rajbari , the local resident will help till the end.

According to history Raja Dinaj or Dinaraj was the erector of Rajbari. Some other documentation says it was popular Raja Ganesh of 15th century who was the true constructor of the Rajbari after the wresting of Ilyas Shah reign. Srimanta Dutta Chowdhury became the landlord of Dinajpur at the end of 17th century. Later on due to premature death of his son, his sister’s son Sukhdeva Chowdhury became the inheritor of this property. As the time elapses the Rajbari gradually turned into ruins due to lack of necessary care.

At the entrance to the estate there is a giant arched gateway facing west. After entering through the gate inside the premise near the gate at left side there is a Krishna Temple and at the right side there are some ruined outhouses and another arch known as ‘Lion gate’ provides access to the inner courtyard. Inside the Lion gate at eastern side there is a flat roofed temple facing the courtyard. The temple has few sculptures of hindu Gods. The Rajbari is principally divided into three major blocks named Aina Mahal, Rani Mahal and Thakurbari Mahal. Inside the Rajbari arena there are few more minor buildings, rest house, servants house, tanks an charitable dispensary made by different kings and landlords during their reign.

Dinajpur Rajbari is a magnificent historical heritage but its unfortunate that the Government of Bangladesh has no headach to save this as a historical beauty. Most of the Rajbari is now a ruins only structures at few points are left, the two temples are in a well preserved condition due to local devotees. The Department of Archaeology should declare this as protected as early as possible.