Shalbon Buddha Bihar

Shalbon Buddha Bihar (Shalbon Buddha Bihar) is one of the signs of the ancient civilization of Bangladesh. This temple is located in the middle of Lalmai hill near Bard in Kotbari of Comilla district. Shalvan Buddhist Vihar was once surrounded by a dense forest of sal-gajari, so this vihara was named Shalvan Vihar. This monastery is similar to the Paharpur Buddhist Vihara but smaller in size. In late 1875, the ruins of a building were uncovered during the construction of a road in the present Kotbari area.

Shalbon Buddha Bihar
The ruins discovered at the time were believed to be a fort. In 1917, the director of the Dhaka Museum, Nalini Kant Bhattasali, visited the area and, conducting research in the area, concluded that the ruins belonged to Ranbangamalla Harikela Dev’s copper-reign (thirteenth century AD) fort and Pattikera Nagar surrounded by viharas. However, according to other archaeologists, it was the ruins of an ancient city called Jayakarmantavasak.

Six phases of construction and reconstruction of Shalban Buddhist Vihara are known. Square in shape, each side ofBuddhistThe walls of Bihar on four sides are five meters thick. The rooms are built on four sides of the walls of Bihar. There was only one way in or out of Bihar. This passage or door is right in the middle of the north block. Each room has a 1.5 meter wide wall. The central temple was right in the middle of the Buddhist temple courtyard. There are total of 155 rooms in Bihar.

It is believed that Buddhist monks lived and worshiped here. There is an 8.5 feet wide veranda in front of the house and a low wall at the end. Each room has three niches in the wall where idols or oil lamps etc. were kept in the past. On the other hand, the hall built on the four side walls and four huge round pillars in front is believed to be the dining room of the monks.

The size of the hall is 10 meters by 20 meters. A wide brick road surrounds the hall. Eight copperplate inscriptions, about 400 gold and silver coins, numerous terracotta plaques, seals, bronze and clay figurines have been recovered from the ruins of Bihar during various archaeological excavations.

A large number of artifacts collected from this Shalban Buddhist monastery are displayed in the Mainamati Museum.

Opening and closing schedule

Shalban Buddha Bihar and Mainamati Museum are closed every week on Sundays and public holidays and half days on Mondays.

Winter opening hours (October–March):
Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 5pm (break 1pm to 1.30pm) Friday 9am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 5pm, open Monday 2pm to 5pm remains

Summer Timetable (April–September):
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 6pm (break 1pm to 1.30pm),
Friday 10am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 6pm,
Monday 2.30pm to 5pm.

Entrance ticket price

For Bangladeshi citizens, tickets for Mainamati Museum and Shalbon Buddhist Vihar are to be purchased separately at Tk 20. For boys and girls up to 10th class, they have to pay five taka to enter the ticket. 100 taka tickets for tourists from SAARC countries. For other foreign nationals, the entry fee is 200 taka.

How to go to Shalban Vihar?By road from Dhaka

It takes only two and a half hours to go to Comilla by bus. There are numerous bus services on the Dhaka Comilla route from various places in Rajdhani Dhaka. You can go to Comilla by bus as per your choice. From Dhaka Sayedabad Bus Terminal and Kamalapur – Coastal (01981-002932, 01981-002942), Tisha (01731-217322), Star Line, BRTC (01770-493775), Royal, Asia Line bus fare to Comilla is Tk 250 to 350 per person. takes

By train from Dhaka

Comilla can be easily reached by train. Almost all Chittagong bound trains (except Subarna and Sonar Bangla) stop at Comilla station. The fare per person from Dhaka to Comilla is Tk 170-466.

You can choose Prince or Saudia bus to come from Chittagong to Comilla. Or you can come by any Dhaka bound bus, you have to get down at Comilla. You can reach Comilla faster than taking a bus to Dhaka by train. Or you have to come to Comilla by your convenience vehicle from any other part of the country.

Comilla to Shalban Buddhist Vihara

Come down to Comilla first and come to Kandirpar. There is a local CNG stand to Kotbari near Kandirpar Awami League office. You can go to Kotbari for a fare of 30 taka per person. And you can go to Kotbari by reserving CNG from anywhere in Comilla city. 150 will cost to take a CNG reserve. An auto rickshaw will take you from Kotbari to Shalban Bihar for a fare of Tk 10. Again from Comilla, you can come to Shalban Bihar by using local CNG via Kotbari Bishwa Road. In this case, the fare will be 20 taka per person. Shalvan Vihar, Buddhist Temple, and Mainamati Museum are nearby. Note: If you are coming to Comilla by bus and if the bus goes to Kotbari then Kotbari bus stand will be the closest to Shalban Bihar.

Shalbon Buddha Bihar

Where To Eat

There are various quality hotels/restaurants in Comilla so you can enter any restaurant as per your requirement. You can get the real taste of Rasmalai from Manoharpur Kali Bari Matrabhandar.

Rasmalai of Asal Matribhandar

If you want to eat rasmalai from the famous original Matribhandar of Comilla, you should go to Manoharpur Kalibari. From Kotbari to Padua Bazaar (fare 15 taka per person), from there via Kandirpar to Manoharpur Kali Bari (rickshaw fare 30 taka). Across from the Kali Bari temple you will find the only real matri bhandar shop.

Where Will You Stay

Comilla city has several good quality residential hotels including Comilla Club, and Comilla City Club. You can spend the night in these hotels for 1000 to 3000 taka. Besides, among the medium-quality hotels, Hotel Chandrima, Hotel Sheldon, Hotel Abedin, Hotel Sonali, Hotel Nidrabagh, Ashiq Rest House, and Hotel Nurjahan are notable. You can stay in these hotels for a rent of 200 to 600 taka.

Nearby attractions

Next to the Shalvan Buddha Bihar are the Mainamati Museum and the New Shalvan Buddhist Vihar. Kotbari has Rupban Mura, Itakhola Mura, Anand Vihar. You can also visit Bard, Magic Paradise Park, Mainamati War Cemetery, Lalmai Pahar, Dharma Sagar Dighi, and many more. And if you have a chance, you must taste the famous Rasmalai of Manoharpur

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