Murapara Palace – The Prosperous Historical Symbol of Narayanganj

murapara-palaceThere are huge number of elegant palaces scattered throughout the Bengal because of the prosperous history of Zamindars (landlords) and Rajas (kings) over the region. Murapara Palace is among one of those prominent palaces. It is located in Murapara Village of Rupganj Upazila in Narayanganj District. The palace is about 25 kilometres south-east of Dhaka and at the western side of Dhaka-Narshingdi highway.

The Murapara Rajbari was erected by Ramratan Banerjee who was also the founder of Murapara royal family. Ramratan Banerjee was appointed as the treasurer of the Natore Estate and earned huge property and arosed in a high position due to his dignity and honesty. There are contradictory documents about the establishment of the Rajbari (Palace).Some says that in 1889 Ramratan Banerjee constructed the palace whereas some other says that Ramratan Banerjee only fabricated the basement of the palace and Protap Chandra Banerjee left his old house and built a new palace beside the old one and moved into it at 1889. In 1909 Jagadish Chandra Banerjee completed the construction of the royal palace. In 1947 Jagadish Chandra Banerjee moved to Kolkata and the Palace came under the supervision of East Pakistan government. During the liberation war of 1971 many decorated parts, Portions and sculptures from both inside and outside the palace were looted by people. After 1971 the palace became Murapara College and is still continuing to serve as an educational institution.

The palace is west facing two storeyed rectangular building. The grand frontage of the palace is 200 feet and a corridor of 10 feet width runs covering the total frontside in both the storeyes and access to the rooms. The auspicious design of the aristocratic façade and semicircular acrches throughout the verandah reminds about traditional british era mansions. There are five large rooms at the ground floor that were used for public functionalities. The main entrance provides access to the stair hall which leads to second storey. The second floor was completely used as family zone. There are two ponds at the palace premise, one at the front side and another at the back side of the palace. There are also two small temples inside the palace complex and were builted during late 19th century.

Under the Abandoned Property Act of Bangladesh government, the Murapara Palace came under the supervision of Bangladesh Government after 1971 and further local citizens converted it into Murapara Degree College.