Murapara Rajbari

Published:  12:00 AM, 05 January 2019

A great archeological symbol

A great archeological symbol

Murapara Rajbari (also known as "Murapara Jomidar Bari") is a well known palace in Rupganj Upazila, in Narayanganj District. The palace is situated in murapara village, about 25 km southeast of Dhaka on the Narsindghi road. As it is close to Dhaka, one can easily make a one day trip to visit the palace.

The two-storey picturesque palace is rectangular in plan and has a grand frontage facing west of about 200 feet long. A 10 feet wide verandah runs in front of the palace at both levels, providing access to the rooms. The depth of the verandah is used as a shading device from the western sun.

It has semicircular arches. The areas in the arches are filled with cast iron tracery decorated with green, red and blue glasses, so that the floor of the verandah demonstrates as a colorful mosaic pattern by casting shadow from the sun.

"Murapara Rajbari" is one of the examples of such activity of an affluent community. The Murapara Jomidarbari/Palace was established by the founder of the Murapara Raj family named Ramratan Banerjee. He was appointed as treasurer of the Natore estate and rose to a high position and acquired large properties by dint of his honesty.

One source says it was Ramratan Banarjee who constructed the palace in 1889 but the other source says he just established the basement of the structure. It was Protap Chandra Banarjee who left his old traditional house and made new palace behind the old one in 1889.

At the time of the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971 people stole many things of the palace but still its beauty remains. After war it was used as refugee camp and now this is used as a college. The name of the college is Murapara College.  Murapara Rajbari is a wonderful place for visiting. People have a great interest to visit the historical palace.

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