The Bhawal estate is considered to be one of the largest zamindar estates of Bengal. The estate is spread over 1,500 kilometers which included 2,274 villages and a population of 55,000 villagers. Over time, the estate has transformed into a developing town which we all know as Gazipur. Though we have left the zamindars far behind in time, their establishments can still be found in this town. The Bhawal’s biggest establishment is the Bhawal Rajbari, which is now used as a government office. A little south of the palace remains the mysterious Bhawal temple and Shoshan Ghaat (cremating area).
Located in Joydebpur, the temple was built by Kalinarayan, also known as the Bhawal Raja. The temple was first built to serve only the royal family. After their deaths, it was open to the public. Though the temple is in ruins, locals consider this place as one of the prominent haunted places of Gazipur. The tale revolves around the second Kumar (Prince), Ramendra Narayan Roy.
“The second Kumar of Bhawal was known for spending most of his time hunting, in festivities, and with women, having several mistresses,” says Taposh Pal, one of the priests of the temple. In 1905 he had contracted syphilis, and went to Darjeeling to seek treatment but was reported to have died there at the age of 25. His body was supposedly cremated in Darjeeling the next day and customary funerary rites were performed.
“I heard from my father that there was a lot of talk about this cremation,” says Taposh Pal. It is said that Ramendra Narayan’s body disappeared right before the cremation and it was never found.
Bhawal Estate was a large zamindari estate in Bengal in modern-day Bangladesh. The area under the estate currently falls under the Gazipur District. The most famous capital of the Bhawal Estate was Choira Meah Bari, where zamindar Fazal Gazi lived. He was one of the Baro-Bhuyans (12th zamindars of Bengal).
Before the Mughal conquest, Bhawal Estate belonged to Gazis of Bhawal. The first known Gazi was Fazal Gazi, who lent a cannon to Sher Shah Suri with ‘Az Fazal Gazi’ inscribed on it. The Rajas of Bhawal came from the village of Bajrayogini under Munshiganj. His family ruled Bhawal until the abolition of the zamindari system in 1951 at Choira Meah Bari, which was the capital of Bhawal.
How to go
After reaching at Gazipur Sadar, take local bus to reach Joydebpur to visit this palace.
Dhaka-Tongi diversion road has connected Gazipur with Dhaka , and also Tongi – Kaligonj diversion road. There are 7 railway stations in the Gazipur district. They are: Rajendrapur, Sripur, Dhirasrom, Joydevpur, Tongi, satkhamair and Pubail.
Gazipur Town is connected through the City Bus. Pubail has city service Mohakhali to Narshingdi; called PPL (Pubail Paribahan Ltd.). And Dhaka to Kaligonj; this name is KTL, Adshy and other bus. There are available buses 24 hours a day. It is easy to go Gazipur from Dhaka.
Things to do
Enjoy the Palace
You may click pictures for photographic collection.
Where to stay
The hotel management is very good here. You can get different types of hotels here. If you want less priced hotel then you will get it & if you want good hotels then there is also no problem.
There are several hotel and restaurant. You can get enjoy different types of food. There is restaurant over there and food is also provided to the people who stay there on order basis.