Published:  12:45 AM, 28 September 2019

Idrakpur Fort, a river fort in Munshiganj

Idrakpur Fort, a river fort in Munshiganj

Idrakpur Fort situated at Munshiganj proper, now on the west bank of the canal running through the town, and on the eastern vicinity of Deobhog village. This water fort was originally built at a strategic point on the junction of the river Ichhamati and the Meghna.

The location of the fort had earlier been named as Idrakpur. The development of the township in the locality with the name Munshiganj is a later innovation. Still there is a village named Idrakpur in the suburb of the town. The surroundings of the fort are now filled with earth, and in some places the silt has risen up to the level of the parapet.

The erection of the fort was intended to check the advance of the Magh and Portuguese pirates proceeding towards the Mughal capital city of Dhaka. It was probably built by the Mughal subadar Mir Jumla in about 1660 A.D.This brick built fort, quadrangular in size, runs from north to south measuring 86.87 meter in length and 59.60 meter in breadth.

It consists of two main parts: i) the wider open area surrounded by curtain walls crowned by machicolated merlons, with engaged rounded corner bastions also crowned by merlons and pierced by musketry, and ii) the smaller area containing a round drum of huge dimension surrounded by another series of similar curtain walls. An approach to the drum is provided from the bigger court.

The most striking feature of the fort is the existence of an elevated rounded platform of 32.5 diameter and 9.14 meter high on the eastern part of the fort, which can be reached by a staircase.

Another striking feature of the fort is the existence of a staircase leading to an underground room at the foot of the drum. Tradition goes that the staircase is a part of the provision for an underground tunnel meant for emergency exit of its occupants to some safe destination.

But virtually the staircase simply leads to a secret underground chamber which was the magazine or storehouse for arms and explosives. The main entrance gate of the fort is on the north with a high rectangular bastion crowned by machicolated merlons which served as a guard room.

Special features being discovered by recent renovation work:12th of May 2015, a typical day for the workers who were employed for the renovation work of this Mughal fort. As the Dept. of Archaeology decided to make a museum & a cultural center inside the fort earlier. For the last 300 years there have been several renovations conducted there.

But, this time something very interesting discovered while the workers were removing floor's plaster. All on a sudden they observed there have been a significant numbers of pitchers were placed in row & Column beneath the outer surface of floor. Initially, It's presumed that these pitchers is nearly 350 years old as this fort was built in 1660 AD.

How to go: Munshiganj is only 35 km east from the Dhaka city. Buses are available from Gulistan, Dhaka. Buses take approximately (2-2:30) hours to reach Munshiganj Court bus stand. Idrakpur fort is only five minutes walking distance from the bus stand. Munshiganj can also be reached by launch from Sadarghat launch Terminal, Dhaka.

Where to stay: Though the district is just beside the Dhaka, still it's hard to find a suitable hotel from the district. The main reason may be people from Dhaka used to come this place for a single day trip. But anyway, if you need to stay at Munshiganj town, that case I'll suggest you to stay at "Hotel Comfort" this one is the best from the town.

Things to do: Enjoy the scenic beauty of fort surrounding/Observe the Mughal architectural Characteristic of this Water fort/Experience the defense system of Mughal period, where they used to protect their territory by building this kind of Fort.

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