Saturday, December 27, 2014

Long Tailed Shrike (কালো মাথা কসাই) - Lanius schach

Bengali Name : Kalo Matha Koshai (কালো মাথা কসাই).
Common Name : Long-tailed Shrike, Rufous-backed Shrike.
Scientific Name : Lanius schach
Family : Laniidae

Long tailed shrike is one of my favorite birds during my childhood. I liked this bird for it's lovely color and it was always available where we lived. It is a native bird from our Bangladesh. It has several Bengali names such as Kalo Matha Koshai (কালো মাথা কসাই), Lenja Latora (লেন্জা লাটোরা), Baghatiki (বাঘাটিকি), etc. Its scientific name is Lanius schach and it belongs to the family Laniidae.

Though this bird looks a bit long for it's long tail, but actually its a small bird. It has a black mask at the eyes and also it's head is covered with total black. The breast is white in color and having a touch of white at some portion of the neck. The tail is usual long and the back side of the bird is rufous in color. The wings are having a touch of black (or should I say it has some black feather in wings?). It has a sharp hooked beak similar to other shrike birds.

This bird is known as shrike because of it's feeding behavior. It mostly hunts the small lizards, insects, etc. After the hunting it uses to impale the prey into the thorns of the tree. Also sometimes they use to scratch the prey on the thorns so that it gets sliced into small pieces. Basically these are the reasons to call this as a butcher bird.

Long tailed shrike uses to maintain it's territory and you'll not see two birds in the same territory. This bird mostly perch on the small trees or atop of bushes beside the cultivation fields. During my childhood I have seen a nest of this bird that was build on a tree above the 6/7 feet height from ground.

This bird is sometimes parasitized by the Cuckoo birds in our country Bangladesh.

Photos of this article were taken from several places of Bangladesh during the year 2014.

07 November 2014: Nagorpur, Tangail (নাগরপুর, টাঙ্গাইল),
16 December 2014: Keraniganj, Dhaka (কেরানীগঞ্জ, ঢাকা)

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Tangail: Nagorpur Jomidar Bari (নাগরপুর জমিদার বাড়ী)

Friday, 07 November 2014

Nagorpur Jomidar Bari (নাগরপুর জমিদার বাড়ী) is located at the Nagorpur Upazela (নাগরপুর উপজেলা) of Tangail district (টাঙ্গাইল জেলা). This place is located in an interesting area. It has river Dhaleswari (ধলেশ্বরী নদী) at the eastern side, and the River Jamuna (যমুনা নদী) at the western side. It is believed that there were a naval route between the Kolkata (কলকাতা) and Nagorpur (নাগরপুর) that time. Now the Jomidari (জমিদারী) system has vanished and it took that route along with that (may be).

The Jomidari of Nagorpur was established during the 19th century by the Jodunath Chowdhury (যদুনাথ চৌধুরী). It's right now a massive complex which is known as Choudhury Bari (চৌধুরী বাড়ী) as well. They were very helpful towards the people of their area. One of the decedent from the family named Suresh Chandra Ray Choudhury (সুরেশ চন্দ্র রায় চৌধুরী) was the founder secretery of the famous club East Bengal from this Sub-continent.

Most of the buildings from the complex are in ruin, and few are in good condition. Using those good ones the government has established Nagorpur Mohila Degree College (নাগরপুর মহিলা ডিগ্রী কলেজ). Its women thing and initially We ere confused about entering inside. But got the courage as it was the Friday. There were a group kids (probably from a nearby orphanage) came to visit these old edifices as well and they have joined us cheerfully.

When we have entered inside the dilapidated section of the complex, we found a hideout for the bats. There were probably thousands of bats resting and started flying away after our presence. It created a sharp wind flow from the flapping of the wings of the bats. This moment lasted for more than five minutes. I was using the camera that was new to me, and I didn't know much about it's settings for low light. I was busy with my camera to find out a way, but couldn't find the option and by that time all were gone. Tough luck...

How to Go:

There are several ways to come at Nagorpur (নাগরপুর) from Dhaka. You can take direct bus from Mohakhali that comes to Nagorpur. Another option can be come to Pakutia (পাকুটিয়া) first through the Saturia (সাটুরিয়া). You can get the bus of Saturia (সাটুরিয়া) from Gabtoli Bas Terminal (গাবতলী বাস টার্মিনাল). The bus fare is 60 Taka per person. It will take around 90-120 minutes to reach at Saturia (সাটুরিয়া). From there using CNG driven vehicle you can come to Pakutia (পাকুটিয়া). From Pakutia (পাকুটিয়া) you can take CNG driven vehicles to come at Nagorpur (নাগরপুর).

GPS coordinate of the Nagorpur Jomidar Bari (নাগরপুর জমিদার বাড়ী) is (24° 3'13.57"N, 89°52'29.48"E).

Nagorpur Jomidar Bari (নাগরপুর জমিদার বাড়ী),
Upazela: Nagorpur (নাগরপুর উপজেলা),
District: Tangail (টাঙ্গাইল জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS coordinate: (24° 3'13.57"N, 89°52'29.48"E),

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Narayanganj: Langolbondo Tirthosthan (লাঙ্গলবন্দ তীর্থস্থান)

Friday, 14 June 2013

It was around the rainy season and we have planed to visit the Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ), a place beside the river Old Brahmaputra (পুরাতন ব্রহ্মপুত্র নদ) at where Hindu devotee people take their bath during a specific day from the month Chaitra (চৈত্র) of Bengali Calendar. We have reached there within 10:30pm of the day. After leaving the bus at highway we have explored the Modonpur bridge (মদনপুর ব্রীজ) that is over the Old Brahmaputra River (পুরাতন ব্রহ্মপুত্র নদ). The river has narrowed down due to the construction of the bridge. Also, the river lacks a great source to have a nice flow on it. That's why the river was totally calm.

We have explored the bridge and its proximity area and collected several weed flowers from there. After that we have headed for the Langolbond Ghat (লাঙ্গলবন্দ ঘাট) at where devotee people use to take the bath to get blessing from the god. It was about 10 Taka rickshaw fare from the bridge area, and took only 5 minutes (or less).

The Ghat was totally covered with the large water hyacinths and I wonder how a boat uses to push through it. But still they are doing this masterfully. Local people are crossing the river with boats which were pushing through this water weeds easily. No bath festival (or ritual) was happening there as it wasn't the right time. But still found few pious people were there and was doing their prayers. This place gets totally overwhelmed by the Hindu people who come here to participate the ritual. May be someday I'll come back here to observe that festival.

About Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ):

There are several stories available behind this place. And it is really hard to decide to which one you are going to believe. According to Internet stories, there was a saint (ঋষি) named Jomodagni (জমদগ্নি) who had five children. His wife made a sin and he wanted to give her a punishment. He asked his children to kill their mother. Bot all were phlegmatic to do this, except the youngest one named Porshuram (পরশুরাম). He killed his mother with an axe. After that the axe got stuck with his hand as it was a sin to kill the mother.

Porshuram's father advised him to travel from temple to temple until the axe gets detached from his hand. On this course of the journey, Porshuram (পরশুরাম) reached at the Lake at Himalaya and took a bath on that lake. With the blessing of the holy water from that lake, his axe got detached from his hand. So he decided to bring the water of that lake into the flatland for normal people. So that they also can get blessings from this holy water.

He made a plow with the help of that axe (using as a blade) and started dragging it on the ground and moving forward. He became too tired when he has reached at the Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ). So he stopped his dragging at there. That's why people started to call this place as Langol Bondho (লাঙ্গল বন্ধ), which means the 'plow stopped'. Later colloquially the word Langol Bondho (লাঙ্গল বন্ধ) has transformed into Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ). And the river has created from the plowing of Porshuram (পরশুরাম). And people think it as a holy place and thus they take bath here during that particular day of year.

Still people can drive a boat through this hyacinths.

How to Go:

Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ) is very near from Dhaka city. It takes around 40 minutes to reach there using public bus services. You can take such a bus from Gulistan (গুলিস্তান). Borak (বোরাক), Shonargaon (সোনারগাঁও), etc will be a handy public bus option for you. You have to leave the bus at Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ) Bus Stoppage near Modonpur Bridge (মদনপুর ব্রীজ). GPS Coordinate of the stoppage is (23°39'37.69"N, 90°34'1.29"E). From there it is a walking distance to Langolbond (লাঙ্গলবন্দ) at where people takes the bath. GPS of this is location is (23°39'13.21"N, 90°33'56.99"E).

Modonpur Bridge (মদনপুর ব্রীজ) is visible at far over the river.

When to Go:

The bath ceremony takes place during the 8th day as per the moon phase from the month Chaitra of Bengali Calendar (চৈত্র মাসের অষ্টম তিথী). Usually its around 21-23 of the month March in English Calendar. If you can manage to go there during that day, it will be great I believe.

View of the bridge from the below.

It was rainy season, so such sky was not unexpected.

Fishing equipment at the river.

Fishing equipment at the river.

A mighty river from once upon a time became toothless.

Serene water of the river Old Brahmaputra (পুরাতন ব্রহ্মপুত্র নদ).

Langolbondo Tirthosthan (লাঙ্গলবন্দ তীর্থস্থান),
Upazela: Bondor (বন্দর উপজেলা),
District: Narayanganj (নারায়ণগঞ্জ জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS Coordinate: 23°39'13.21"N, 90°33'56.99"E

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