Mohastangahr, Shibgonj, Bogra
Mohastangahr was the capital of the vast ruins of old Pundrabardhan. Nearly two and a half thousand years of glorious history of Pundranagar is the silent witness of this. This vast ruin property situated by the west side of the Korotoa river which is 13 K.M. away from Bogra town. In the whole Bengle it was the foremost and oldest walled brick enclosure wall, which is guarded by the 1525 meter long from south to north and from east to west around 1370 meter wide and 5 meter high on flat ground. Barricaded wall on the east side of the river, and the other three sides of the deep trench in the city has been used as an additional protection. Historical patterns suggest that, in the space of a few centuries, powerful Maurya, Gupta and Pala regime in the provincial capital and also the capital of the Hindu Samantaraja. Fort outside the north, west, south and southwest 7/8 km there is still a wide variety of sub-city bear the earliest direct evidence. The famous Chinese traveler Huyen Tsang visited Pundranagara when he was visiting Indian sub-continent (639-645). The renowned British archaeologist Sir Alexander Cunningham in 1879 AD, detected properly the vast ruin property of Mohastanghar that was described by the Huyen Tsang.
In 1928-1929 at Mohasthanghar archaeological excavations was first start. In the meantime inside the city bairagira Vita, Munir ghona and outside the city Govinda vita these three points was excavated. After a long time in 1960-1961 and later since 1988 in various parts of the fort was excavated regularly. Since 1993, the Government of Bangladesh and France jointly excavated the Mohastanghar. In 1999 the first phase of the wall erected between the areas to the east. Since 2000, the second stage of the excavation work is on to the west side of the shrine.
This Archaeological site locally known as Govinda Bhita is situated on the bank of river Karatoya out side the northern rampart wall of Mahastangahr. The karatoya, a metrical Sanskrit work of 12th -13th century mentions the temple (at Govinda Bhita) on the northern limit of the holy city. Though tradition ascribes it was the temple of Govinda or Vishnu nothing came to light which may be associated with the vishnuvite character of this buildings.
Hazrat Shah Sultan Mahmud Balkhi (R:)’s Mazar Sharif
Some west of Mahasthan bus stand Hazrat Shah Sultan Mahmud Balkhi (R:)’s Mazar Sharif is located. It is said that he came here by the back of the fish so that he was called Mahishawar. It also said that here lived a muslim named Borhan. Son vows to sacrifice cow’s offense King Parsurama ordered his offering. To help him Mahishawar was come.
In the western part of the monument historical Kalidaha Sagara and Padmadebira residence.
Shila Debir Ghat
The east side of the monument, bank of the river Karatoa siladebi’s Ghat is situated. Siladebi was Parsurama’s sister. Here Hindus bathe every year and a fair arrange for one day.
To the west of the Shila devi’s Ghat have a large well named jiutkunda. It is said that to drink water of this well Parsurama’s injured soldiers were be recovered. Mahishawar Balkhi (R:) through a piece of meat by kite and the well loosed its ability. Then Mahishawar Balkhi (R:) defeat Parsurama in the war.
For excavating Mohastangahr Maurya, Gupta, Pala and Sena periods various materials found including the many gods and goddesses statues which are preserved in the museum in the north side of the Mohastangahr.
Mohastangahr 15 K.M far from Bogra Sathmatha and can directly go by CNG. It is 12 K.M far from Vashu Bihar and 3.5 K.M far from Gokul Medh (Lakshindar Behular Basar Ghar).