Agrapar Bihar: A potential historic tourist center
Published: 04:10 PM, 1 March 2021 Updated: 04:16 PM, 1 March 2021
Agrapar Bihar, a monastery discovered in Dhamoirhat Upazila, Naogaon; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Agradigun, a marginal UP situated about 15km West of Dhamoirhat Upazila in Naogaon. There is a huge hillock covering four square miles of land located next to the bazar, which is known as “Agrapar Bihar”.
There are several archeological sites in the Naogaon district, one of which is Agrapar Bihar, listed by the Department of Archaeology.
Although the excavation of the site started a few years ago, it stopped due to “unknown” reasons.
The excavation has resumed making the area an important tourist destination as a historical and archeological site. The concerned hoped that this will usher in a new history and unearth valuable artifacts.
According to the locals, there were two villages named Agra and Digun. Later, those two villages came together and known as “Agradigun”.
It is said that the “Agrapar Bihar” was built during the reign of the Buddhist Pala King named Dwarkanath Tagore. Next to the Bihar or monastery, there were huge ponds of various names. The ponds are still there, but over time, the shape of these has become narrower. There are still old stones and rocks scattered around the heap – experts think that it was a large institution for a thousand years.
The Department of Archaeology started the excavation work in the 2016-17 fiscal year. Later on January 26 of the new year, the excavation work is underway in the 3rd phase at a cost of Tk 5 lakh. The work will continue for three months daily from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm.
As excavation work has started after a long time, the locals are expecting that this historic monastery will attract visitors across the country and abroad.