POST TIME: 3 August, 2017 00:00 00 AM
Lakhutia Zamindar Bari

Lakhutia Zamindar Bari

M Mahmud Ali

When passion takes its own way, nothing seems difficult in reaching one’s destination. This time, my travel led me to a century-old palace, called Lakhutia Zamindar Bari (landlords’s house). It is located at Lakhutia village, about 8 km north of Barisal city.

After reaching the city, I took a public bus from Nothullabad bus stop to reach Babubazar. Then it took only two minutes to reach the nearly abandoned Lakhutia palace. The zamindari in that region was established by Raja Rupchondro Roy in the 18th century. But the palace was built by his grandson, Raja Raychondro Roy in the 19th century.

The main palace is a two-storied building, which has been declared as hazardous due to its dilapidated structural condition. There are several temples and ‘moth’ (memorial monument) on the eastern side of the building. Most of the temples are now in ruinous condition. Among those, I noticed a moth with an inscription. One of the descendents of the Roy family, named Pankaj Kumar Roy Chowdhury, built the moth in memory of his parents. The date written is August 15, 2001, which is very recent.

Part of palace compound is used as a seed production farm by Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC).

It is a less visited heritage site. I always prefer to visit such historical places to create public awareness.

References: Brihattar Barisal er Oitihashik Nidarshan by Saiful Ahsan Bulbul (2012).

Photos: Writer