Lakutia Palace: A forlorn historical site

Published : 30 Oct 2021 08:10 PM | Updated : 02 Nov 2021 02:30 PM

The Jamindari system has been abolished long ago from the country but Lakutia Palace, better known as Lakutia Jaminder Bari, is still standing as the witness of the Jamindari era for nearly last 400-year. 

After traversing eight kilometre of ways from Barishal city, there lies the Lakutia Bazar. Afterwards, during walking through Herringbone bond made road, one can witness old temples and cemeteries made by following the Deul System of architecture. 

There are also some elevated, summits like temples with pointed tips. Five of these temples are also good in condition but due to lack of maintenance those are now all haunted houses. 

According to the book ' Bakerganjer Itihas' by Khosal Chandra Roy, one Rup Chandra Roy was the founder of this Jaminder dynasty. The dynasty's influence reached to the peak during the rule of Raj Chandra Roy, grandchild of Rup Chandra Roy. The local market (hat) Baburhat has been named by Rup Chandra.

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It is learnt, the road connecting to Barishal from Latkia was made during time of Rup Chandra. His two sons Rakhal Chandra Roy and Pari Lal Roy were the followers of the Brahmin religion. 

The Lakutia temples are the excellent establishments made by Lakutia Jaminders. A stone inscription of the highest temple reveals that Pankaj Kumar Roy Chowdhury, a migrant in Australia, made the temple in memory of his deceased parents Surendra Kumar Roy Chowdhury and Pushpa Rani Roy Chowdhury.  

At the left side of the main entrance of the Jaminder Palace, there is a large pond with metallic flight of steps ( ghat). The palace is now maintained by BADC

Local people, however, complained of not maintaining the palace properly. Now, tractors, trucks and vehicles of BADC are kept beside the palace and a room of the palace is used as the seed storehouse. 

It is learnt, some 10-year ago, Choto Bahadur, one of the youngest descendants of the Jaminder, came here from India and visited the Palace site. 

There is a large mango orchard surrounding a huge waterbody (dighi). The dighi is known as Rani Dighi. Many people visit the dighi site with families and friends and arrange picnic there. 

The entire palace complex is surrounded by three temples, two houses (palaces) and a large dighi.  

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