History of Tripura
Agartala
Jagannath Temple
Nirmahal
Jampui Hill
Ujjayanta Palace

HISTORY OF TRIPURA

It is difficult to find out any record source about the origin name of the land Tripura. According to Kailash Chandra Sinha, a chronicler of the Tripura Rajas Tripura is a corrupt form of Tripuri dialect ‘Tui’ meaning water and ‘Pra’ meaning near, “Land adjoining to waters”.
The Kingdom of Tripura in its peak spread from the Sundarbans in the west and from Kamrup in the north to Burma in the south and the east during the 14th and 15th centuries AD. The Tripura Rajas are said to have assumed the title ‘Manikya’ from the time of Ratna Pha (Fa means father in Tripuri dialect). The kingdom of Tripura existed till 1949. After that the kingdom was merged with India.

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AGARTALA

Agartala is the Capital of Tripura and shares its boundary with Bangladesh.Once a good hunting ground, it became the Capital of the state during the time of Maharaja Krishna Kishor Manikya (1830-50). It remains since then the seat of the state headquarter.

Places of interests:


Ujjayanta Palace:
Situated in the heart of the town and covering an area of about half a square mile this place is a two storied mension having a mixed architecture with three domes, the central one being 86 feet high. The construction of this beautiful, well-balanced royal palace was undertaken in 1899 and completed in 1901 at a cost of a little over Rs 10 Lakh or 1 million. The two large tanks on two sides with the approach road in between them and well-laid out gardens around the palace with water courses and fountains patterned on Mughal gardens have added beauty to it. The palace has been acquired by the state Govt. and now house of the Lagislative Assembly, besides few Govt. offices.

Kunjaban Palace: Within a mile of the Ujjayanta Palace and to the north stands a picturesque hillock known as Kunjaban. The Palace was built by Maharaja Birendra Kishore Manikya (1909-23) who was a good artist and he said to have prepared himself the plan of the Palace and the adjoining gardens. The palace was considered as an ideal spot for relaxation and pleasure strolls in those days. The palace has been taken over by the state Govt. and now used as the official residence of the Governor of the State.

Jagannath Temple: Situated near Kunjaban Palace, the temple not only attracts Hindus, but many others because of its peculiar structure which is octagonal at the basement, and has an excellent ‘Pradakshinapatha’ (the sacred pathway that goes in the clock wise direction) round the sanctum.

Sipahijola: Half an hour from Agartala, through an attractive forest, Sipahijola is a beautiful nature and Zoological Park covering an area of 18.532 km. It is the house of more than 150 species of residential birds, migratory birds and lots of wild animals including spectacled monkey, tiger and leopards. With an attractive flowerage greenery and rubber plantation, the area now serves as a beautiful picnic spot.

Jampui Hill: Jampui Hill is better known for its enchanting landscape and healthy climate. To its north is Sylhet (in Bangladesh) and to the south lies the Langten range of Chittagong (also in Bangladesh). Jampui range stands as the natural boundary between the two adjoining states of Tripura and Mizoram.

Tripura Sundari Temple (Udaipur): Considered to be one of the oldest pilgrimage place in North East India, it was built by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 1501 AD. The temple was subsequently repaired by Maharaja Rama Manikya in 1681 AD when it was damaged by lightning, and again by Radah Kishor manikya in the beginning of the 20th century. The Goddes Tripuri Sundari is the tutelary deity of the royal family. Temple is also called ‘Matabari’.

Nirmahal:
One of the finest beauty spots of the state, Nirmahal is situated 53 Kms from Agartala. The palace is so called as it is surrounded on all sides by a big lake called Rudra Sagar. The scenic beauty of the lake attracted Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishor manikya (1927-47) so much that he built a spectacular palace at the center of the lake itself named it as Nirmahal (or palace in water). 

Kamalasagar Lake: It is an artificial lake at the border of Bangladesh excavated by Maharaja Dhanya Manikya in 15th century. On the bank of the lake, there is a famous temple of Goddess Kali dating back to 16th century. One can go upto the border fencing from the Indian side and have a look on the Bangladesh territory.

 

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