Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ramsagar, Dinajpur, Rangpur Division


Ramsagar-Dinajpur
Ramsagar
Ramsagar is about 8 km south of Dinajpur District in Tejpur village. I'm not sure Ramsagar (রামসাগর) is a water tank or lake. If it's a water tank than it is the largest artificial tank of Bangladesh. But if it's a lake than the largest one is the Kaptai Lake of Rangamati. This lake was named after Maharaja Ramnath (1722 - 1763 AD). He was very powerful and honest king. After becoming king he gave attention to rebuilding the estate and constructed the famous Rajbari also dug the famous Ramsagar Lake. He also built a temple at Rajarampur and gave attention to complete the unfinished Kantanagar Temple.


Ramsagar-Children's-Park
Ramsagar Children's Park
The lake was made to supply drinking water to the people living in the surrounding villages. According to the history about 1.5 million labors worked for it and the total expense was about 30,000 Taka in that period. The lake is about 1079 meter along north-south and 192.6 meter along east-west and approximate depth is 9.5 m.

Now a days it become a famous tourist spot. Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation is taking care of it. They developed some facilities for the tourist around the lake, such as rest-house, picnic spot, refreshment shop and playgrounds for children. Now it's called Ramsagar National Park and tickets are needed to enter inside. When we went there we saw mango garden with full of mangoes. There is a park along with the lake full of sculptures of different animals and birds. The ideal time to visit the Ramsagor is between October to March.
More information about Ramsagar: banglapedia.org

Related Posts:
1. Kantaji Temple 
2. Nayabad Masjid
3. Dinajpur Rajbari 




Ramsagar-National-Park-Animal-Sculptures
Ramsagar National Park, Animal Sculptures

Ramsagar-National-Park-Animal-Sculptures
Ramsagar National Park, Animal Sculptures


Ramsagar-National-Park
Ramsagar National Park

Thakurgaon-Circuit-House
Thakurgaon Circuit House

 After completing the PAT we went to Thakurgaon and stayed one night. 16th June, 2010 we started for Dhaka. It was a nice experience. 

  • Short history of the Raja and Maharajas of Dinajpur: 
Raja Sukdev Roy: 1642 - 1677 A.D.
Mughal emperor gave the title "Raja" to Sukdev Roy because he obtain a large territory in the north Bengal region. He died in 1677. Maybe the "Sukh Sagar" (Sea of Pleasure) is the only remaining left. Raja Sukdhev had two wives. Ramdev and Joydev were born by his first wife and Prannath was the son of second wife. Among 3 son Ramdev died very young.

Raja Joydev: 1677 - 1682 A.D. 
The second son Joydev became raja and ruled the kingdom for five years from 1677 A.D. to 1682 A.D. 

Maharaja Prannath: 1682 -1722 A.D.
Maharaja Prannath was a very powerful zamindar and he ruled the Dinajpur for 40 years. Rukmini was his wife and Ramnath was his adopted son. He dug a lake named "Pransagar" (Sea of life / Sea of Prannath), 18 kilometers south of Dinajpur. The most remarkable thing he did in his life was to start the magnificent Kantaji Temple. Some said he started it in 1704 AD but from the trusted source it can be assumed that he started it in his old age 1722. From 1722 to 1752 AD, in 30 years it was completed by his son Maharaja Ramnath.

Maharaja Ramnath: 1722 -1763 A.D.
Maharaja Ramanath was very powerful and honest king. He was a brave warrior and great administrator. After becoming king he gave attention to rebuilding the estate. He constructed the famous Rajbari and dug the famous Ramsagar Lake. He also built a temple at Rajarampur and gave attention to complete the unfinished Kantanagar temple. All his work make him the most memorable person of Dinajpur District. Also make the district a famous tourist place. Ramnath had four sons. Krishnanath, Roopnath, Baidyanath and Kantanath. He died in 1760 AD.

Raja Baidyanath: 1763 -1778 A.D.
When he was sited in the throne the political environment changed significantly in India. British got the power to collect the revenues.  Maybe in 1772 an English collector was appointed as the zamindar of Dinajpur. Raja Baidyanath died in 1780 without any heir. Rani Saraswati's adopted son Radhanath become the zamindar under the British rule.

The whole story of the Dinajpur Rajas well written in the web called kantaji.com. I took most of the information from there. Please read it for better understanding.


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