Puthia Rajbari to house a museum

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 17:50, May 22,2018 | Updated: 21:51, May 22,2018


Archaeology department is going to set up a small museum at the historic Puthia Rajbari in Rajshahi.
The museum will display genuine artefacts and replicas of artefacts discovered at the palace and other archaeological sites in Putia alongside descriptive photographs of different archaeological and heritage sites across the country.
Puthia Rajbari, located at Puthia upazila in Rajshahi, is an Indo-European style two-storey palace. The palace was constructed in 1895 by Rani Hemanta Kumari in memory of her mother-in-law Maharani Sarat Sundori Devi.
Besides the illustrious two-story Puthia Rajbari, there are 14 other recognised archaeological sites like Baro Shiva Mandir, Chotto Anik Temple, Boro Gobindo Temple, Chotto Gobindo Temple, Jagadhatri Temple, Rath Temple, Keshta Khepar Math and others in Puthia.
‘Puthia Rajbari attracts a large number of local and foreign tourists. We have plans to set up a small museum on the first floor of the palace. We will display artefacts and replicas of different artefacts discovered in Rajbari and other archaeological sites in Puthia. Besides, descriptive photographs of different archaeological sites across the country will also be displayed at the museum’, said Altaf Hossain, director general of archaeology department.
The museum will be set up within next six months, added Hossain.
At present the archaeology department operates 17 museums, among which five of the museums are located in Rajshahi division.
‘The museum in Puthia Rajbari will be the 18th museum under the department of archaeology. Once set up the museum will give visitors a glimpse into the rich history and heritage of Rajshahi’, said Hossain.

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