Rupban Mura Kotbari Comilla Bangladesh

Rupban Mura Kotbari Comilla Bangladesh

Rupban Mura is a Buddhist temple complex of a 8th century. It is 200 meter apart from the Comilla BARD and south part of Kali Bazar market near Kotbari.

Bullet Information
Name রুপবান মুড়া কোটবাড়ি, কুমিল্লা
Distance 97 kilometers from Dhaka
Builded 6th-7th centuries AD.
Type Archaeological Monastery
Location Kalirbazar road, Kotbari, Comilla
Rupban Mura is a Buddhist temple complex of the 8th century. It is 200 meters apart from the Comilla BARD and the south part of Kali Bazar market near Kotbari. It is a significant archaeological site in Bangladesh. This Bihar was built by the king Balbhatta. The first excavations of this site started at the time of the Second World War.

Structure of archaeology Rupban Mura Kotbari Comilla

Excavations have revealed here the remains of a remarkable semi-cruciform shrine of medium size (28.2m east-west, 28m north-south), together with some subsidiary structures, including an octagonal stupa and another one on a square base. A boundary wall within the oblong stupa courtyard encloses all these. Its regular entrance is on the east, facing the monastery entrance. Deep diggings have revealed three main periods of building repairs and rebuilding, the earliest corresponding to the 6th-7th centuries AD. Few remains of the latest period (10th-11th century AD) survive now in this heavily disturbed site.
The Cruciform Shrine was Originally built as a solid stupa on a square base; it was subsequently converted into a semi-cruciform shrine in the second period (8th century AD). It has a peculiarity not noticed elsewhere. Instead of a single chapel built in each of the long arms of the cross, a group of three long narrow chapels was built on the eastern (front) side of the shrine. In the middle chapel the colossal stone Buddha, now exhibited in the Mainamati Museum, was discovered. The same peculiarity is noticed in the closest Itakhola Mura grand stupa, also on the eastern side facing the door. Fragments of bronze images found in other chapels suggest the installation of such images there.

The Monastery 

The small 34.1m square monastery of the site was built separately, 31m. South-East of the cruciform stupa. It has a major gateway complex (12.5m x 6.9m) projecting outwards in the middle of the northern wing. Built in the general square plan, it initially had a total of 24 cells in four wings, subsequently reduced to 18 in the second period.
The southern wing, occupying an area of 11.7m, was abandoned, due undoubtedly to irreparable damages, and a row of new cells was built in its front, thus making the shape of the monastery oblong (34.1m x 24.8m). Corbelled niches and brick-built bedsteads can be noticed in the 2nd-period cells. A large corbelled drain was built in the courtyard to drain out rainwater.

Transportation and Communication 

Rupban Mura is in Comilla. To reach Rupban Mura from Dhaka, there are the car, bus, and train from Dhaka and Chittagong. You can get direct gate lock AC bus services. Generally from Dhaka bus starts from Saidabad and the BRTC counter from the Kamlapur bus stop. It takes  2.5 to 3.5 hours to reach Comilla. The bus is available after every 20 minutes. The train station is in Dhaka Kamlapur. First, you get down near Tamcham Bridge, and from there take a GNG, It is near Comilla BARD Kotbari.
Nearest Tourist Places
  • Itakhola Mura
  • BARD
  • Comilla Cantonment
  • Lalmai Hills
  • Comilla EPZ Area
  • Old Airport Area
  • Agartala

Tourists should not miss this historical and archaeological site of Rupban Mura of Kotbari Comilla.

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