He, Who knows the history of Bengal,of course he knows the name of the Shompur Buddhist monastery .Shompur was a temple and a monastery built in the period of Pala in 7th-8th century. It is the second larger monastery in the Indian subcontinent. The Historical Shompur Buddhist monastery is famous now in the name Paharpur monastery. It was a place of pilgrimage and an academy of Buddhist scholar from 9-12 century. Famous scholar Sri Jyan Atish Dipankor taught knowledge and stayed several years here. This area was not safe for the Buddhists after the Pala dynasty. So, the monastery area gradually destroyed after the Pala.
Alexander Kennigham preliminary discovered this area in 1925-26 and The discovering work finished in 1934. Central temple with squared monastery area and Satta pir vita with total area were discovered in this time. In 1997 UNESCO declared Paharpur monastery a World Heritage.
The wall of the temple was built in combination of designed bricks and panel of mud. The great Paharpur Monastery is 27 square Acre. Every side of the wall is 900 hundred feet long,16 feet wide and 12-15 feet high. Central temple is 72 feet high from the main land. The Dining room, Ring-wall and sacrificing Square were in the yard of the Monastery. There is a museum now. Statue of stone, Panel of mud, Coin of copper, metal statue, Statue of Buddha made by bronze, Stone’s inscription are preserved in this museum now.
Paharpur is under Naogaon district,but it is near(8km) from Jaipurhat town. Rickshaw, Van are available to come here from Jaipurhat town. Jaipurhat is a small town but hotel & restaurant are available here. Everyday several buses start in the morning and in the night from Gabtoli / Kallanpur to jaipurhat. Anyone can come Jaipurhat from Bogra or Mahastangorh by bus.
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