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Kanak's Palace on verge of destruction

King Kanak's Palace at Parer Kabra village under Sharsha upazila in Jessore. Photo: Mohsin Milon

Lack of renovation and preservation has pushed the 500-year-old King Kanak's Palace on the verge of destruction.

Standing on 500 bighas of land at Parer Kabra village under Sharsha upazila, the palace could be a place of historic interest if it is preserved properly.

The three-storey building, constructed with lime and brickbats, has 100 rooms including drawing and courtrooms on the ground floor, 25 rooms including playing room for women on the first floor and three big bedrooms on the second floor.

The condition of the palace is deteriorating day by day as the plasters of walls and roofs are falling off due to lack of proper maintenance.

Five ponds situated within the compound of the palace also attract the visitors who come to see it everyday.

After the death of King Kanak, his descendants went to India exchanging their properties with one Golam Rasul Mollah of West Bengal.

The families of Mollah are now living in the palace.

Swapan Pare, a relative of King Kanak, said they are still living on 25 decimals of land near the palace.

He said to save the historic palace from destruction immediate renovation is needed.

Mujibar Rahman, assistant commissioner of Sharsha upazila, said the palace could be a place of historic interest and they will give all kinds of assistances if the government wants to renovate it.

Villagers and visitors have demanded the renovation of the palace making it a tourist spot.

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