Natore Rajbari (or Natore Palace) was a prominent royal palace in Natore, Bangladesh.. It was the residence and seat of the Rajshahi Raj family of zamindars. Famous queen Rani Bhabani lived here and after the death of her husband, expanded both the estate and the palace..The Rajbari, or Zaminderbari, as they might more accurately be called, are mostly neglected, decaying with evident increasing rapidity, into oblivion. In part, this si because of the failure of the authorities to recognise the tourist potential in these places. (In UK, over 4 million people are paid up members of the National Trust, guardians of such historic monuments, which bears testament to the fascination people of developed nations find in the homes of the ancient great, good .
Nevertheless, nature Rajbari continues to be one of the most popular places in Bangladesh for those for whom such hold fascination, and some of the Edwardian Neoclassical and Baroque pavilions serve as offices for government administration, which at least ensures a modicum of maintenance.
The original Rajbari, the Natore Rajbari, sprawls across a wide area, and it is easy to miss some of the fine array of architectural monuments. It is, howver, in the area, the old palace ruins that are, in a very interesting site, the most compelling.
It is often claimed that Rani Bhabani was responsible for building this palace, but since it is clearly of Mughal origin, it seems likely that its origins were earlier. Born in 1716, to a Brahmin family living near Bogra, in 1731, not unusually, at the age of 15, she was married to Raja Ramakanta, the landholder under the Mughal dynasty of much of the Rajshahi area. It seems likely that the old palace was already his residence.
On his death in 1748, she became the landholder, also in the Mughal period known as the zaminder, although with somewhat less onerous duties than developed later.
Perhaps one of the most remarkable women in the history of the women of the area that was to become Bangladesh, her management of the vast landholdings she inherited made her famous. She not only maintained excellent relations with the Mughal Nawabs, the last independent one being the vanquished at the Battle of Plassey in 1757, but also with the developing regime of the East India Compant, who changed the role of Zaminder to one with far greater fiscal responsibility.
Until her death in 1795, she was famous for her extensive use of her influence and wealth on behalf of the communities that were her responsibility. A devout Hindu, although much of her work included the building of fine temples, both in the lands of Bangladesh, and in what is now West Bengal, in India, it was also focussed on the well being of Muslim and Hindu alike, sponsoring medical facilities, water storage tanks, roads and road houses for travellers.
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Natore Rajbari 220 Kilometres from Dhaka.about About 40 Km. from Rajshahi by road is Natre,It is with in natore city.