Splendid Sunamganj : part – II

As we already know about Sunamganj‘s history, nature and famous persons born there, lets have a look at its

  • Culture
  • Cultural Festivals
  • Places to visit near Sunamganj and Some details about those places

If you had not read about Sunamganj’s history and nature already, please read Splendid Sunamganj – part I first.

Culture :

Sunamganj is enriched with cultural trends. It has been a land of folk music, poetry, poets and various traditions.

Festivals of different religions are regularly celebrated here as an integral part of cultural activities.

Gazi’s song, Muharram’s song, morshiya, kawali , dhol mela, pona tirtho, theatre, Kabi gan, jari, sari, vatiyali etc have established their individual identities in Sunamganj’s culture.

Cultural Festivals :

Along with the main religious and national festivals Sunamganj celebrates many other festivals which with time became inseparable parts of its culture.

Dhol Mela:

Dhol mela is a fair organized every year at a village named Dhol. It usually starts from the first Wednesday of bangle month Falgun. This fair successfully portraits the folk tradition of the country. People from different corners of the country come to visit this fair for its uniqueness and enormous extent. Photo Credit: Shams Shamim

Pona Tirtho :

It is another festival celebrated in this area. It is mainly a Hindu religious festival. It is held on the banks of jadukata river of Tahirpur thana. Every year a baruni fair is arranded beside this river bank during the last bengali month chaitra. This fair is locally known as baruni mela. Thousands of Hindu peple gather each year for this occasion. Many Muslim also visit this fair.

Places to visit near Sunamganj :

  1. Mazar of Syed Umed Harun Bogdadi (R)
  2. Tanguar Haor
  3. Bariker Tila
  4. Hason Raja Museum
  5. Laurer Garh
  6. Town Jam-e-Mosque
  7. Pagla Mosque
  8. Sukhair  kalibari temple
  9. Remnants of Raja Bijoy Singh’s palace
  10. Dolura Memorial
  11. Narayantara Chritstian missionaries
  12. Teker ghat lime crushing project
  13. Dohalia Jamidar (landlord) House
  14. Gourarang Jamidar (landlord) House
  15. Lafarge Cement Company

Description of some of these places :

  1. Mazar of Hazrat Syed Umed Harun Bogdadi (R)  : The mazar of Hazrat Syed Umed Harun Bogdadi (R) is located in a village named Mohammadpur. It is more commonly known as Mohammadpur Mokam to the local people. The great saint is thought to have breathed his last at around 1230 bangla year. If you go there a calm-beautiful and holy impression will overwhelm you.
  2. Gourarang Jamidar Bari : On the east bank of river Surma is the Gourarang village. A palace was built here by Nidhiram, ancestor of the jamidar family. This palace is more commonly known as the jamidar bari. As a testimony of the lavish life lead by the then jamidars, the palace premises include a theatre for entertainment of the family, a huge pond with paved wharf, dark pit etc. All of these are built with a mixture of traditional yet modern architectural concepts. This place now serves as a picnic spot besides being a place of archeological importance.
  3. Dohalia Jamidar Bari : Raja Subid Narayan’s successor Basudev was first to come Dohalia and start living here. Later another successor of the clan Mahesswar extricated illegally occupied lands from the Khasia raja and established his dominance over the area. Later on this family was directly involved with many other wars and political incidents which took place there. The house used by this Jamidar family has now become an interesting historical place. The age old wooden two storied house, a century old mosque and other belongings of the family will definitely drive you back to a distant past while you take a tour here.
  4. Town jam-e-mosque : It is located near the judge court house of Sunamganj. That is why it is more often called the court mosque. It has been repaired and redecorated for quite a few times in its service life. The white domes are decorated with blue stars of smaller sizes. The interior of the mosque is also designed beautifully. All together the decoration is much soothing and creates a unique holy atmosphere all around it.
  5. Pagla Mosque : It is in Pagla union. To be more accurate the mosque is located in the vicinity of the local bazaar of the union. It is a two-storied building with impressive adornment. The domes have wonderful motif of various colored stars on them. These domes make the mosque identifiable from even a distant point. The colored outer wall adds an extra touch to the ornamentation of the mosque.

The Tomb of Lalon Shah: built on the respects to the father of folk songs

A historical graveyard is containing historical beauty in Kushtia district. The Tomb of Lalon Shah is very well known to the people of whole world who researches on folk music.

Lalon Shah is the father of folk music in Bengali and the Emperor of the Baul empire. He was not only a singer and poet but also a great thinker. He had knowledge on all religions and it is the main cause why people still follow him.

Nobody knows from where Lalon Shah came from. People only knows that in 1774 an honourable muslim man of locality named Molom Shah found Lalon floating over a river. Lalon was very sick and was going to die almost. But Molom Shah took very well care and gradually Lalon became well. After getting a new life Lalon became a follower of a great thinker and singer Shiraj Shah. But Shiraj Shah found something strange inside of Lalon and he became the follower of Lalon.

At that time, Lalon started thinking about the human culture, religions and about the natural power. He started to tell people about a new culture with likely a new religion. He had total knowledge about Hinduism and some knowledge of Islam and Buddhism. People started to follow him.

The name of Lalon Shah became famous soon. Lalon spreaded his thought by singing folk songs. He lived there at Seuria in Kushtia district for 116 years and died in 1890. After his death the followers made a tomb and started to pay him respect in front of the grave of Lalon Shah.

The history of Lalon Shah is very strange and still today people follow him respectfully. The songs of Lalon Shah are called as Lalon Giti and these songs has created a large kingdom in Bengali culture of music.

People researches on Lalon Shah and his activities. People achieves PhD degree on Lalon Shah. Not only at Bangladesh but also in India, Europe and America each has a faculty of education on Lalon Shah and Folk music.

Lalon Academy: The place where the tomb is situated is very nice. It has been developed now with a VIP Auditorium, an indoor and an outdoor Auditorium, a complex building of Lalon Academy, a car parking area, a market and a museum. There is also a beautifull garden inside of the area.

Visit Lalon’s Tomb and Museum: If you want to see the tomb only then it’s free of cost. But if you want to see the museum then you’ll have to pay 20 taka for foreigners and 5 taka for the Bangladeshis as entry fee.

There are some things which were used by Lalon Shah is in the museum. There are also some paintings inside of the museum.

There is a Library at the Lalon Academy. If you want you can read there about Lalon Shah both in English and Bengali.

Torun’s house: Beside of the Tomb of Lalon Shah there is another beautifull place Torun’s house. Torun is a follower of Lalon Shah and he has collected many historical elements related with Lalon Shah. Actually the house is a country house and Torun is the owner of it. There is also a museum. It’s free of cost to see Torun’s house and museum.

Lalon fair: Twice in a year people comes at the Tomb of Lalon Shah to attend in a fair. The fair is arranged twice in a year for the respects of Lalon Shah by his followers. There is a big area/field in front of the Tomb where the fair takes place.

The Tomb of Lalon Shah is a beautifull place. It is one of the greatest historical places of Bangladesh.