Archeological temple ruins have been found at Dhanpota Mound in Manirampur, Jessore. It is believed that this place of worship may belong to Sanatan or Buddhists. Excavation of the mound yielded burnt clay terracotta balls, lime pots, glass shards, iron slag, patterned bricks.
Regional director of Khulna and Barisal Division of Archeology Department, Lovely Yasmin said, the found artifacts are similar to Dum Dum Pir Mound of Manirampur, Bharat Bhayana of Keshabpur, Dalijhira Mound and Kapilmuni Archeological Site of Paikgacha in Khulna.
Yasmin also said that the archaeological department started the official excavation of Dhanpota Mound on December 10, 2023. A total of 20 wells will be dug in the mound. Out of which 10 wells have been dug and several broad brick walls have come out. Apart from these parts of ancient structures, pottery fragments, stone fragments, bowls, animal bones and iron nails were found.
Lovely Yasmin said, ‘Research is going on with the findings. With what has been found so far, the whole thing has not been confirmed. Excavation work will continue this year as well. Then maybe we can reach a conclusion.’
“He heard from his ancestors that there was a great king’s house here,” said Chaleman, a local resident of Dhanpota Mound. Besides there are two other mounds.’
According to local Manoranjan Biswas, there is a rumor that there was a house of an influential man named Dhanpati Saudagar on the bank of Swarup river. Many people think that these mounds are the ruins of the house of a great king in prehistoric times. In the story of a large portion of the Mahabharata, the Panchapandavas along with Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva and their only wife Dhrupadi took shelter in the house of this great king. Shakuni uncle was exiled for 12 years with Panchapandava and his only wife Dhrupadi as per the condition of losing a game of dice in the conspiracy of Gandhara king. They took refuge in the house of Virat Raja on the banks of river Swarup. It has parallels with parts of the epic story of the Mahabharata.
Manoranjan Biswas said that his grandfather Kunjbihari Biswas was sick and was on the brink of death. He was taken in a stretcher to Kolkata for treatment. As the disease was not cured, he was brought back home. One night he was shown a dream about being left under an ancient tree in a garden near the house. According to his dream, he left it under that tree. At that time, there were wild animals like tigers and wild animals living in that garden. He recovered within a few days. After recovering, he continued to live under that tree and meditated. There is still part of the root of that tree in Baidyanath Dham, adjacent to Khedapara Bazar, west of Dhanpota Mound.
Local Kalidas said that many local people found the remains of this ancient tree similar to the tree mentioned in the Mahabharata as Shiva’s refuge. At present, Sanatan religious devotees worship at the base of this ancient tree in Baidyanath Dham.
Locals said that by digging the bill next to Dhanpota mound, various things including parts of ancient boats can be found. The locals think that this bill was once a river. Which is considered to be Swarup river mentioned in Mahabharata. And on the bank of this river was the house of great king.
Jessore-5 (Manirampur) Member of Parliament Yakub Ali said, ‘The government is undertaking various projects to find resources lying underground in different parts of the country. By doing this, various types of archeological objects of thousands of years ago are being exposed. The vast public of the country is getting to know about the secrets of the historical monuments of Prague for hundreds of years.
Member of Parliament Yakub Ali also said, ‘Apart from Dhanpota Mound, there is a possibility of getting archaeological structures in several other places in Monirampur. Excavation work will be started by identifying them soon. Later they will be transformed into sights through proper settlement and exposed to all.’