Parasuram Palace

Parasuram Palace archaeological site located in the citadel of mahasthangarh (Mahasthangad), about 200m north of mankalir kunda, ascribed by local tradition to be the palace site of the last Hindu king of the area, Parasuram (Parashuram).

Excavation (1961) in the site revealed cultural materials of the Pala, Muslim, and Colonial periods. In the lower level, remains of buildings and a few terracotta plaques of the Pala period have been unearthed. In the middle level remains of buildings and associated glazed pottery represent the Muslim period.

The uppermost level has revealed a dwelling house of late 18th or early 19th century. The building consists of four separate blocks around a small courtyard - all enclosed within a rectangular boundary wall. Among the antiquities recovered from the site are fragments of a Visnupatta, large number of glazed pottery and kauris (Kaudi), and two East India Company coins. Close by, there is a well, popularly known as Jiat Kunda (well of life), which is possibly related to the palace. [Shafiqul Alam]