Mainamati – The Shalban Bihara

screenshot_382Mainamati, which is also known as the seat of lost dynasty is one of the biggest historical and cultural heritage site of Bangladesh. It is a detached rim of lower hills in the eastern portion of the country. Mainamati is named after the Chandra queen, the mother of Govindachandra. This historical beauty is located about 8 kilometres west of Comilla town and 114 kilometres south-east of Dhaka.

The Mainamati-Lalmai ridge is the major Buddhist archaeological site in the region. The entire Lalmai hilly area stretches about 17 kilometres from north to west and flecked with more than 50 sites. These 50 spots has been identified for excavation among which nine of them are partially excavated. Among these Shalban monastery, Kutil Mura, Charpatra Mura, Bhuj monastery, Mound of Mainamati palace, Rupban Mura, Itakhola Mura, Mainamati mound etc. are mentionable. The centermost portion of the Buddhist site at Mainamati is Shalban Bihara.

The archaeological finds from this historical beauty is preserved in a museum. Many relics of ancient time such as terracotta plaques, bronze statues, gold and silver coins, caskets, jewelleries, potteries and various utensils are preserved in the Mainamati museum.

A number of Buddhist sites in this region was built in 7th to 12th century. Mainamati is a living archaeological evidence of the rise of Buddhist society and culture in this part of Bengal at that time.

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