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Bhaitbari, Meghalaya

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-04-07

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Bhaitbari also called Bhaitibari is located 8 kms from Phulbari. It is very near to Assam – Meghalaya Border. It is a hamlet town in Meghalays’s West Garo Hills, just 5 kms from Brahmaputra River. Bhaitbari attracts tourists from all over the world because of high mysterious history, which is yet not clearly revealed. This village lies at the bank of River Jingjiram.

It gained popularity during an archeological exploration in early 1990’s. The ruins of an ancient kingdom dating back to 4-8 AD were discovered. There is a conjecture that the royal seat of Kamrupa Kingdom could have been located here. This 20 km sq area town consists of interesting excavated buildings and ruins.

  1. There is a mud-cum-burnt brick fort that runs in the shape of a horse-shoe for over 5 km in the north-south direction on the banks of the river Jingjiram.
  2. There was also a beautiful temple made of burnt brick which was unearthed during this exploration.
  3. The third impressive discovery was that of an Octagonal Temple with eight miniature "Shiv Lings".
  4. Fourth was the most thrilling discovery of a "Stupa" which is associated with Buddhism.

However, nothing is definitely known about this site as yet. On the basis of idols of deities like Ganesh, Kubera, Yaksha and Parvati depicted on the terracotta tiles and their stylistic taste and the stupa's existence, scholars say the say the period of the flourish of the fortified city may be simultaneous to the reign of Harsha Vardhana during the first half of the 7th centry AD. Moreover, from the existence of ancient tanks of various sizes, this township suggests being an important temple township.

Kazi & Zaman College Bhaitbari

Kazi & Zaman College, Bhaitbari

The main educational institutes in New Bhaitbari include the Bhaitbari Higher Secondary School and Kazi & Zaman College. This place can be interesting for history lover tourists.

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