Mahasthangarh is one of the oldest urban archeological sites ever discovered in Bangladesh. There are ruins of an ancient town in Mahasthan village of Shibganj police station in Bogra district which is known as Pundranagar or Paundravardhanpur in the territory of Pundravardhan.
A six-line limestone slab in Prakrit in the Brahmi script recorded for land grants, discovered in 1913, dates back to at least the third century BC at Mahasthangarh. The fort area was used until the 7th century AD.
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Mahasthangarh is the oldest city in Bengal, Bangladesh, dating to the third century B.C. The word ‘Mahasthan’ means a place that has excellent sanctity and ‘Garh’ means fortress.
The extensive ruins of Mahasthangarh represent a glorious past of about two thousand five hundred years in Pundranagar, the capital of ancient Pundra Vardhan Bhukti.
Mahasthangarh is situated on the west bank of the river Korotoya, 13 km north of Bogra. The oldest and largest city in the whole of Bengal, it is constantly reinforced by mud and brick walls.
It measures 1,525 m long north-south, 1,370 m wide east-west, and 5 m high from the surrounding level. The deep river in the east and west, south and north served as additional defenses in addition to the fortified wall.
Archaeological evidence proves that Mahasthangarh was the capital of the province of later Maurya, Gupta, Pala, and feudal Hindu kings.
Outside the fort, other ancient ruins are found in a semi-circular 7/8 km radius to the north, south, and west which testifies to the existence of a vast suburb.
It is noteworthy that the famous Chinese pilgrim Yen Chuang visited Pundra Vardhana between 6339-644 AD. Sir Alexander Cunningham correctly identified the present Mahasthangarh as Pundranagar in 18 Maha9 after the description of Eun Chang.
The whole region is rich in Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim sites. The Buddhists lived here until at least the eleventh century. When the Buddhist Pala emperors of North Bengal ruled, their most glorious period was from the eighth to the eleventh centuries.
From this time it is seen that most visible remains are included. The fort was probably built in the third century BC under the Mauryan Empire.
Mahasthangarh was paralyzed during the Mughal invasion. Most of the visible bricklayers date back to the 8th century, except when they were added during the reconstruction.
Outside the fort, there is a remnant of the 6th-century Govinda Vita Hindu temple, which looks like a pyramid of broken-down steps.
How To Go?
Firstly, you come to Bogra from Dhaka Capital. After coming to Bogra Then you go to Mahasthangarh.