Mehera zamindar’s house.
Mehera zamindar’s house in Mehera village of Mehera union in Mirzapur, Tangail, near Dhaka, where blue sky, small green grass carpets, picturesque buildings interspersed with thousands of memories of hundreds of years await the visitors. There are many zamindar houses in Tangail, Mehera zamindar house is the most beautiful of them. You will be fascinated by the wonderful craftsmanship and construction style of zamindar house. Mehera zamindar house is located all over the vast area. Suddenly, it seems that there is a huge white lotus blossoming in the green grass sheet as a witness of tomorrow! The architectural style of the buildings, modeled on the Spanish city of Cডrdoba, is similar to that of the Romans, the Mughals, and the Indus Valley.
The zamindars of Mehra belonged to the Shah dynasty. Hereditary traders. Mehera came from far away Calcutta for business. In 1890 the then zamindars established zamindari with four brothers. Their names are Budai Saha, Budhu Saha, Harendra Saha and Kalicharan Saha. However, all their next generation took the title of Roy Chowdhury. The zamindar house is built in four parts. The Mehera zamindar house is basically surrounded by four buildings. Maharaj Lodge, Ananda Lodge, Chowdhury Lodge and Kalicharan Lodge. The house is located on a total of 6 acres of land. In front of the zamindar’s house there is a huge lake called ‘Bishakha Sagar’. There are 2 beautiful gates to enter the house. Behind the building are Pasra pond and Rani pond.
When the British government introduced the zamindar system, the sons of Kalicharan Saha and Anand Saha bought a portion from the zamindars of the 24 parganas of Kortia for a large sum of money. Zamindari rule and exploitation began. Rajendra Roy Chowdhury, the successor of Kalicharan Saha and Anand Mohan Saha, managed the zamindari in stages. These rulers did a lot of public welfare work in the area including schools, roads, ghats and water supply. The zamindar rule was abolished towards the end of the British rule and most of the zamindars migrated to India after the partition of the country in 1947.
There are two lion gates in front of Kalicharan Lodge and Chowdhury Lodge to enter the palace complex. It is thought to have been the main entrance to the zamindar’s house, as there were six distinct Corinthian-style columns on the shores of the Vishakha Sagar, equal to the lion gate of the Chowdhury Lodge.
Entering through Gate No. 1, you will first see a dazzling one-storey building in front of the Kalicharan Lodge, which is now being used as a museum. In the open room at the front of the building there are rows of trifoil arches built on top of two rows of low pillars and three large niches in the walls. Looking at the lotus, conch, mace, chakra and ‘Om’ sign on the triangular pediment at the top of the building, one can guess that it was probably a temple. In front of the building is a large lawn with a lawn and on one side is a one-storey building called Gomasta Bhavan.
The name of the two-storey building on the west side of Kalicharan Lodge is Chowdhury Lodge. The cornice and panel work of the building made of lime surki and brick is dazzling. There are stair railings on the second floor and carved railings on the verandah. In the front garden there are statues of tigers, deer and various animals and birds. At that time zamindars used to feed animals and birds. I made the idols in that memory.
Behind the Chowdhury Lodge is another one-storey building, which is now known as Atithi Bhavan. At the front of the building is an entrance with a trifoil arch built on a low pillar.
The Anand Lodge looks the most beautiful in terms of decoration. At the front of the palace there are six long two-storied Corinthian columns, two veneered verandahs carved on either side of the front, flower garlands on the roof railings and cornices, and geometric ornaments add to the beauty of the palace.
The westernmost building of the zamindar’s house is called Maharaj Lodge. This lodge is the largest establishment, owned by zamindar Gajendra Kumar Roy Chowdhury. The building has 12 rooms. Apart from these structures, at the back of the zamindari complex there are two one-storey buildings called Rani Mahal, Naib Bhaban and Kachari Bhaban for the accommodation of the employees. All areas of the manor house are protected by high walls.
On 14 May 1971, during the great war of independence of Bangladesh, the Pak army attacked the house of Mehera Zamindar. Among them were local primary school teachers Pandit Bimal Kumar Sarkar, Monindra Kumar Chakraborty, Atul Chandra Saha and Noai Banik. After that the zamindar family left the country.
Mehera zamindarbari is an invaluable symbol of civilization and tradition. The impeccable artwork and huge palaces still fascinate the visitors. Thousands of old memories, joys and sorrows are covered in every layer of this house. Did a lot of work for the development of the area. Yet they have to accept the consequences. Every brick, every wall has the history of the pain widow written on it. Mehera is now a picnic spot, a police training center. But for people who are looking for history, it is a history of laughter, tears and wailing.
From Mohakhali in Dhaka you can take a lonely bus or in front of Khalek Petrol Pump in Kalyanpur you can take a Sonia / Morning Evening bus.