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Mustapha Khalid Palash – Accomplished Artist and Architect

Considered to be one of the leading contemporary architects in Bangladesh, Khan Mohammed Mustapha Khalid Palash is also a talented artist, with his first solo exhibition, Of Conflict and Harmony, taking place at the Gallery of Fine Arts of Asiatic Society in Dhaka. Having been raised in a household where art was important, and with his father being a painter, Palash’s creativity was encouraged from a young age, and this experience is evident in both his artistic and architectural creations.

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The Ancient Monastery of Jagaddala

During the winter of 1996, the Department of Archeology in Bangladesh undertook to excavate a large mound of earth thought to conceal buildings of historical significance in the Varendra region of modern day Bangladesh. The mound measures around 105 meters by 85 meters, and the initial small-scale excavations revealed the remains of a Buddhist monastery thought to have been built by Ramapala, the fifteenth ruler of the Pala Empire which existed in the eastern region of the Indian subcontinent between 750 and 1174 CE.

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History and Religion of Ishwaripur

Located on the banks of the Ichamati River, the historic village of Ishwaripur in Bangladesh is renowned for its religious sites, including the triangular-shaped Chanda Bhairab Temple, the Tenga Mosque with its five elegant domes, as well as a 16th century Hammamkhana built by the King of Jessore, Maharaja Pratapaditya. Moreover, the first Catholic Church of Bengal was built in the village at the end of the 16th century by Portuguese soldiers under the rule of the Hindu king.

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Maulvi Bazar's Tea Gardens and Attractions

The Sylhet Division is located in the North-Eastern region of Bangladesh. Within this division is a picturesque district called Maulvi Bazar. It covers an area of approximately two thousand seven hundred square kilometers and has an extremely dense population of more than 1.3 million residents. There are three main rivers that flow through this district that provide the farming regions of Maulvi Bazar with water, but it also result in occasional flooding.

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Buddha Purnima Festival in Bangladesh

According to the Buddhist religion, Buddha was incarnated as Santos Kumar. After fulfilling his life in this form, he was living in paradise until he was approached by the gods and asked if he would agree to be reborn as a human so that he could roam the earth and not only lead the gods on the road to paradise, but to also save humans, showing them the way. He agreed, and was placed into the womb of his mother, after which he was born on Baisakhi purnima, in 623 BC. His birth, day of enlightenment and his death are therefore celebrated by Buddhists during the Buddha Purnima festival.

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Celebrating Kali Puja in Bangladesh

Kali Puja is a Hindu festival that is celebrated in Bangladesh in the month of Ashwin (around October or November). Shiva is one of the three gods of the Hindu Triad, and Kali is one of his female energies, of which he has ten female energies. There are a variety of legends and stories about her, and she is known by various names, according to her aspects, such as Bhadra, Daksin, Raksa, Guhya and Shmashan. Kali Puja is not an ancient festival, as it was only introduced to Bengal by King Raja Krishnachandra of Navadvipa during the eighteenth century.

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Atisha – Buddhist Scholar and Teacher

While there may be some controversy regarding the actual date of his birth and of his death, it is widely accepted that Atiśa Dipankara Shrijnana, referred to simply as Atisha, was a notable Buddhist teacher from the Pala Empire and one of the most influential figures in establishing the Sarma Buddhism lineages in Tibet. The most commonly accepted belief is that Atisha was born in the year 980 in a town located in modern day Bikrampur, Bangladesh, which at the time fell into the geographical region known as Bengal. Located to the south of Dhaka, Bikrampur lies in the Munshiganj District of Bangladesh, and is renowned for its historical role in Buddhism, being the birthplace of notable Buddhist scholars and teachers, including Atisha, also referred to as Atish Dipongkor.

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History of Shahbag in Dhaka

Shahbag, located in the capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, is a large neighborhood in the city and is today a very important hub for transportation, as well as the border between the New and Old Dhaka. It of course looked very different in the seventeenth century when it was developed by the Mughal Empire and was known as Bagh-e-Badshahi. The name was later shortened to Shahbagh, and as the nineteenth century came into full swing, new developments arose while the Mughal rule faded into the memory of history.

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