Locals say renovation and preservation could potentially turn this place into a tourist spot for travellers and history buffs
The 250-year-old Rudrakar Moth or Rudrakar monastery is a historic architectural wonder in Shariatpur. During the Liberation War the Pakistani army, with the help of local Razakars (Pakistani collaborators), tried to destroy the monastery using machine guns and mortar shells, but it did little to no damage to the structure.
Locals say renovation and preservation could potentially turn this place into a tourist spot for people keen on travelling and history enthusiasts. It is approximately 3km south of the Shariatpur deputy commissioner's (DC) office. Locals know this place as the Babu Bari Moth.
Visiting recently, it was found that this historic site was in a dire state, with collapsing wall plaster, garbage littered, and overgrown weeds all around. There used to be inscriptions on the wall even a few years ago, and the valuable artifacts used in the structure were stolen over the years since the Liberation War.
Local history states that at the beginning of the era of Zamindars (feudal lords), the mandir (temple) was established in phases by Banilal Chakraborty, Khitilal Chakraborty, and Boshontolal Chakraborty, the three sons of Nilmoni Chakraborty.
The noble act of building the temple was carried out to immortalize the tomb of Rashmoni Devi, a spiritual and influential leader of the time.
Senior citizens in the region said that under Zamindar rule, the region saw a great advancement in education and culture. During British rule, they built 19 schools in a half-square kilometre area, where education and cultural practices flourished.
Rudrakar Zamindar Bari was surrounded by 8-10 multistoried buildings. Among them, the three storied buildings were residential chambers. The others were used for court sessions, warehouses, theatres, kitchens, and as places of worship.
Rudrakar Union Parishad Chairman Habibur Rahman Dhali said: "A lot of valuables were stolen from the site due to negligence. It is my sincere request to the government that they look into preserving and renovating this historic monument, so that it can be turned into an attractive tourist spot."
Shariatpur DC Md Parvez Hasan said: "No steps previously have been taken to renovate the Rudrakar Zamindar Bari Moth. I have told the UNO to make an investigative report in this regard.”
“After getting the report, I will notify the authorities concerned to renovate and preserve this ancient archaeological site,” he added.