Though Comilla is nearer
from Dhaka but it is in Chittagong Division. Distance of Comilla from
Dhaka is 95 km where as from Chittagong town its 167 km .The main
attractions of Comilla are Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development
(BARD), the home of famous Comilla Approach to rural development, Lalmai
and Maynamoti hills, Shalban Monastery, Maynamoti museum and Comilla
Zoo. Comilla Maheshangon houses one of the richest libraries of old
literature and culture.
Lalmai Moinamoti and Shalbon Bihar
They are famous historical and archeological places around Comilla.
These are a series of hillocks, where the Northern part is called
Moinamoti and the Southern part is called Lalmai; and Shalbon Bihar is
in the Middle of Lalmai and Moinamoti, which the was established in 8th
century by King Buddadev. Salban Vihara, almost in the middle of the
Mainarnati-Lalmai hill range consists of 115 cells, built around a
spacious courtyard with cruciform temple in the centre facing its only
gateway complex to the north resembling that of the Paharpur Monastery.
Mura situated on a flattened hillock, about 5 km north of Salban Vihara
inside the Comilla Cantonment is a picturesque Buddhist establishment.
Here three stupas are found side by side representing the Buddhist
"Trinity" or three jewels i.e. the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Charpatra Mura is an isolated small oblong shrine situated about 2.5 km.
north-west of kotila Mura stupas. The only approach to the shrine is
from the East through a gateway, which leads to a spacious hall.
you are in Comilla and already visited Lalmai, Moinamoti then don’t miss
to go Moinamoti museum – where you will find the historical things found
in Lalmai & Moinamoti of 7th & 8th centuries. The Mainamati site Museum
has a rich and varied collection of copper plates, gold and silver coins
and 86 bronze objects. Over 150 bronze statues have been recovered
mostly from the monastic cells, bronze stupas, stone sculptures and
hundreds of terracotta plaques each measuring on an average of 9" high
and 8" to 12" wide. Mainamati is only 114 km. from Dhaka City and is
just a day's trip by road on way to Chittagong.
Decidedly untypical of Bangladesh in topography and culture, the
Chittagong Hill Tracts have steep jungle hills, Buddhist tribal peoples
and relatively low-density population. The tracts are about 60km (37mi)
east of Chittagong. The region comprises a mass of hills, ravines and
cliffs covered with dense jungle, bamboo, creepers and shrubs, and have
four main valleys formed by the Karnapuli, Feni, Shangu and Matamuhur
World War warrior’s graveyards are in this Cemetery. These graves in
this graveyard of the great warriors who died d in world war from1939 to
1945 in Comilla areas. In this well-preserved cemetery at a quiet and
picturesque place within the city lie buried in eternal peace over 400
soldiers from British, India, Japan, Myanmar, who laid down their lives
on the Myanmar front during the World War II. Every year a number of
tourists come here to visit this Cemetery
Bangladesh Academy for
Rural Development (BARD)
Academy for Rural Development (BARD), Comilla is located at Kotbari, a
rural area along the Mainamati-Lalmai (one of the archeological sites of
Bangladesh) hill range in Comilla district at a distance of about 100
kilometers from the capital city of Dhaka. The sprawling campus covers
an area of 156 acres of land including undulating hilly
terrain and valleys. A large part of the campus is orchards, vegetable
farms, nurseries, parks and roads lined with shady tropical trees. The
office and the residential buildings have been designed and located in
harmony with the topography and surrounding landscape. The well-planned
layout of the institution and green landscape give the campus a serene
and idyllic beauty.
The Academy was established
in 1959 basically as a training institute to train government officials
and representatives of the local government and village organizations in
various subjects relating to rural development. It is an autonomous
institution governed by a Board of Governors of which the Minister for
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives is the Chairperson.
Administratively, it is attached to the Ministry of Local Government,
Rural Development and Cooperatives.
The Board of Governors
formulates policies and the Director General of BARD as the Chief
Executive implements the policies and conducts the day-to-day affairs
within the framework of the ordinance and Service Rules of the Academy.
The activities of the Academy carry out by its Faculty working in 9
Divisions each of which is headed by a Director. The Divisions are
divided into two broad categories : Service Divisions and
Academic Divisions. The Service Divisions include Training; Research;
Project; and Administration. The Academic
are Rural Administration and Local Government; Rural Economics and
Management; Rural Education and Social Development; Rural Sociology and
Demography; and Agriculture and Environment. The strength of the faculty
is 60 including the Director General, Additional Director General, 9
Directors, 14 Joint Directors, 13 Deputy Directors and 22 Assistant
Directors. 305 supporting officials and staff assist them.
The Academy is famous for
its evolved model “Comilla Approach to Rural Development” in home and
abroad; and received National Award in 1986 for its remarkable
contribution in Rural Development.
University is a public university located at Kotbari Comilla,
Bangladesh.  The university was constructed on 50 acres (200,000 m2)
of land at Lalmai Bihar, Moynamoti. Comilla University is affiliated
by University Grants Commission Bangladesh. Professor Dr. Golam Mowlah
is the founder Vice-Chancellor of Comilla University and he was removed
from university on July 30 2008 and Zulfikar Ali, a professor of
mathematics of the university, was given the charge. The next
vice-chancellor of Comilla University, Dr. A.K.M Zehadul Karim declared
to resign on 7 October 2009 after violence. Professor Amir Hossen
Khan, a professor of Physics department of Jahangirnagar University, was
appointed as VC on 22 November 2009. The chancellor of the university
is President of Bangladesh Zillur Rahman. Its campus is declared as
smoking & politics free. It started with 7 departments and in 2008
another department was added. Now there are a total of 8 departments
including Computer Science & Engineering, Mathematics, Accounting &
Information Systems, Marketing, Management Studies, Economics, Public
Administration and English. Three more departments were announced to be
opened from 2009.
Shah Shuja Mosque
Shuja is not known to have made extensive conquests, though he appears
to have sent campaigns against Hijli and Tippera. Bahadur Khan, a
habitual rebel, ruled Hijli (Medinipur district of West Bengal) in the
southwestern corner of Bengal. In Shuja's time he delayed payment of
revenues; Shuja took prompt action. Bahadur Khan was defeated, but he
purchased a pardon by promising to pay more revenues than before.
Shuja's war with Tippera is mentioned in the Rajmala, the traditional
history of the kings of Tippera. The Raja was defeated, but he made
peace by ceding a slice of his territory bordering on modern Comilla.
Shuja commemorated his victory by building a mosque, which is still
extant in good condition and bears his name, on the bank of the river
Gumti near Comilla town.
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