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Panchamighat


Panchamighat a holy place for the Hindus, situated in Bandar upazila of Narayanganj district on the western bank of the Old Brahmaputra. It is connected traditionally with the Kuru-Pandava war detailed in the epic Mahabharata. The Pancha-Pandava (five Pandava brothers) are reported to have performed their pilgrimage in different places while in their twelve years' exile, and had their ceremonial bath in the confluence of the Ganges. They are said to have their bath, on one occasion, in the holy waters of the Brahmaputra, and the spot is presumably identified with Panchamighat.

Thousands of Hindus annually resort to ceremonial bath simultaneously at Panchamighat and nearby langalband in the Bangla month of Chaitra on the 8th day of the moon (astami). On the occasion, a fair is also held at Panchamighat. [Muazzam Hussain Khan]