Mymensingh Palace – The Shashi Lodge

Mymensingh Rajbari also known as ‘Shashi Lodge’ is one of the iconic lodges of Bangladesh built by the landlords of Bengal during British period. The lodge is situated at Muktagacha Upazila of Mymensingh District and about 124 kilometres from Dhaka City.

This palatial house was built in 1880 by King SurjaKanta Acharya Chowdhury who was the Landlord of Muktagacha. It was named ‘Shashi Lodge’ according to the name of his adopted son ShashiKanta Acharya Chowdhury who became the inheritor of the royal family of Muktagacha further. The Mymensingh Palace was under the supervision of the zamindar family of Muktagacha till the demolition of zamindari system. Later on it came under the respective government and until declaration this site as protected archaeological monument in 1989 it was used as Teachers Training College by the ministry of education. The department of Archaeology is not successful yet to free the lodge because it is still being used as the office of the principal and two other officials.

There is a bombastic statue of greek goddess of love, Venus at the lodge compound which takes the artistic superiority of the house to a different level. The statue was made out of marble stone. Behind the palace there is a pond and an ancient tree named Nagalingum whose fruit was used to feed elephants. This architecturaly auspicious lodge comprises of 24 rooms. The grand façade, the felicitous arches and the thoroughly propitious motifs on walls, doors and everywhere brightened the beauty of the lodge.

After the Department of Archaeology declared this site as a protected monument, it has gradually turned into one of the greatest tourist attractions of the country.

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