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|Saturday, 23 June 2012 10:34|
Natore Rajbari is one of the most attractive places in Rajshahi division. There are two palaces in Natore, in Rajshahi Division of Bangladesh. The Natore Rajbari is clearly the most ancient; the other one is Dighapatiya Palace, an Edwardian brick masterpiece, now known as Uttara Gono Bhaban, the official northern Presidential and Prime Ministerial residence.
It is often said and in fact claimed that Rani Bhabani was responsible for building this palace, but since it is clearly of Mughal origin, it seems likely that its origins were earlier. Born in 1716, to a Brahmin family living near Bogra, in 1731, not unusually, at the age of 15, she was married to Raja Ramakanta, the landholder under the Mughal dynasty of much of the Rajshahi area. It seems likely that the old palace was already his residence. After the depart of the great queen, his adopted son ruled the area, and after his death, his two son separated, and the whole Zamindari was divided between them, and the part of the eldest son was known as "Boro Taraf" and the part of the youngest son was known as "Chhoto Taraf".
There are seven palace blocks survived and only four of them are in a acceptable state of preservation, which are taken by various offices of the district administration and the others have been reduced to shapeless mounds of disintegrating structures.
The single storied northern block is now the Deputy Commissioner's Office which faces a large open lawn to the south. Two other blocks on south and west overlook the lawn and are laid out in the form of 'U' with the open side to the east.
The main northern block has a frontage of about 30.48m with a significantly projecting porch in the middle and two slightly projecting bays on either end, and comforted with triangular pediments above. The elegant central porch and the veranda in front of the apartments are supported on rows of semi-Corinthian columns and relived above with segmented arches in the classical Roman fashion. This block accommodates 11 spacious apartments flanking the large reception hall in the middle. The lofty ceiling of the central hall rises to a height of 9.14m and is lit by 18 clerestory windows originally fitted with colored glass. Some of the capitals of the columns contain classical nude female figure.
The western single storied block with about 60.96-m front has also an arched projecting bay in the middle. A strip of veranda with a series of Doric columns reins the entire length of the block. There is a dancing hall at the back and beyond that farther west is a Krisna temple. This small family shrine about 15.24 m wide with a 3.05m wide veranda has a row of double Corinthian columns. Built at right angle to this block is another north-facing single-storied building with about 45.72m frontage. A projected central porch leads to a veranda at the back, behind which are a series of apartments, overlooking a large tank choked with weed. The rear side of this elegant block is decorated with plasterwork. At present the office of the superintendent of police occupies it. To its southwest corner a couple of precariously surviving buildings overlook the same tank. The smaller of the two presenting a 15.24m frontage with a veranda carried on a series of paired Doric columns, while the larger adjacent block has a 30.48m frontage with a veranda supported on a row of semi-Corinthian columns. Both the buildings are now thickly covered with encroaching thickets and crumbling debris.
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