Tahakhana, which gave Mughals comfort in winter

- Farhana Naznin 16 Sep, 2018  |    -      +
Rajshahi : the name itself gives a royal and majestic aura for its heritage and history. Many may find Rajshahi a famous place for the home of the region's best mangoes and litchis.

Some point out the famous Rajshahi silk saree. But indeed, the division has a rich legacy as it was ruled by various maharajas, rajas and zamindars (landlords).

Over the years, the city has come up as a place for history lovers, apart from exploring the place to taste luscious formalin-free mangoes, litchis or buying Rajshahi silk sarees.

There are some of the attractive tourist destinations in Rajshahi division, the northern part of the country, which would definitely leave tourists fascinated.

The history, the heritage of the city made me itching to explore the historical places in Rajshahi. Finally I got the opportunity to do so during this Eid holidays.

During our Eid holiday tour to Chapainawabganj, I had an opportunity to explore the ancient edifices in Shibganj, a place located beside the Bangladesh-India border. One of the prominent structures was Tahakhana complex, which is also known as Shah Shuja complex.

The complex has basically three main objects. One is a three-domed mosque, second one is a Mazar (of a Muslim Saint named Shah Neyamotullah). Third, is the Tahakhana.

Mughal Tahakhana or Shah Shuja Tahakhana is a three-storied building. Tahakhana means cold building or place. It is 15 kilometres from Chapainawabganj district. The historical Tahakhana is located at the Gaura (region) in Firozpur area on the western side of a big waterbody.

Shah Shuja founded this palace as a 'temperature control unit' in honour of his Murshid Hazrat Shah Syed Niyamatullah, mainly for comfort in winter. Son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Shah Shuja founded this palace between 1619 and 1658.

There are a number of unknown graves inside the 'Tahakhana Complex' which are said to be of companions or Khadems of Shah Syed Niyamatullah at Shibganj Upazila.

The mosque and Tahakhana are on the lake name 'Dafe-ul-Balah'. Two staircases go into the waterbody. A hammam is in the west of the building supplied water from an octagonal reservoir.

People from our country are somehow obsessed with the Mazar, Pir and Darbesh. So, to get favour from the Almighty and to fulfill their desires, the devotees still visit the tomb.

I have seen a person coming with bottle and taking water from this waterbody for the betterment of life and health. Engineer Humayun Kabir is the caretaker of the place now.

Akramul Haque, master gardener, said, "Some local tourists come here to be familiar with the heritage of this place from as far as France, USA, Australia. Those who are interested about archaeology, they are coming regularly."

"Every year from November to February tourists gather here to explore this place," he informed.

The complex is located near the Chhoto Sona Mosque, another historical place that is of tourist delight. I do not think anybody can leave Rajshahi without visiting Chhoto Sona Mosque.

So after visiting all the places, for which I was craving for a long time, I feel my heart was quenched enough as I left the place with a memory.

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