Maynamati Shalban Bihar is a wonderful archaeological place. We have shared some images of this place with some facts.
Shalban Bihar Location
It is located in Comilla District. It takes around 3 hours to reach there from Dhaka City. From Station Road, Comilla its distance is around 9.9 KM. It is situated 850 meters away from Comilla University.
Shalban Bihar Entrance fee
|Foreign counties under SAARC||100 BDT|
|For Bangladeshi Visitors||20 BDT|
|Students up to Secondary level||5 BDT|
Shalban Bihar history
Shalban Bihar monastery was built during the 7th century.
In past, this place was known as Shalban ‘Rajar Bari’. It has come out after Archaeological Excavation as a Buddhist Monastery. That is why it is termed Shalban Bihar. (Source).
From terracotta seals and copper plates discover here its original name is Bhuva Deva maha-vihara. It came from the 04th king of the early deva dynasty during mid 7th to mid 8th century A.D.
The large square monastery of 550 feet sides with 115 monastic cells a dominant central shrine and several subsidiary shrines, stupas, and chapels, provides access through its monumental gateway on the north.
At least 2014-15 A.D. fiscal year Department of Archaeology, Chittagong and Sylhet division, Comilla Shalban Bihar conducted an archaeological excavation here.
After the excavation here traced out an ancient wheal. Which was made approximately 7th to 8th century A.D. On the other hand, here found some terracotta plaque, bronze images, silver coins, and some other valuable objects.
While the central shrine revealed six building phases and the monastery four. The 1st and 2nd phases of the central shrine remain buried under the ruins of the 3rd 4th and 5th periods. But the remains of the 6 phases have been removed from the top. The cruciform central shrine of the third period was built with the monastery as a single complex.
The large assemblage of valuable antiquities was recovered from an excavation in the site.
Now those are housed in the museum. Which are of great importance. Those contribute significantly to our knowledge of ancient vanga, samatata. Overall those are covering a period of about 700 years from the 6th to 12th century A.D.