Mainamati once known as 'Samatata'
denotes a land lying almost even with the sea-level. An isolated eleven-mile
long spur of dimpled low hill range known as the Mainamati- Lalmai range
runs through the middle of Comilla district from north to south.
Excavation on this range has revealed over 50 ancient sites dotting the
hills, mostly containing various types of Buddhist remains of the 8th to
12th centuries A. D. Excavations at a number of sites, locally known as
Salban Vihara, Kutila Mura, Ananda Rajar Badi, Chaarpatra Mura, Mainamati
Ranir Badi from 1955 till todate, besides exposing many Buddhist monasteries
temples and stupas, have also yielded a rich collection of stones and bronze
sculptures of various gods and goddesses, coins, reliquaries, royal copper
plate grants, terracotta plaques, jewellery, pots and pans and other
miscellaneous objects of daily use which eloquently speak of the glorious
cultural attainments of the period.
Salban Vihara is an extensive centre of Buddhist culture of 7th to 12th
century. The attractions include Buddhist Vihara (monastery) with imposing
central shrine, Kotila Mura, another Buddhist establishment 5 km. north of
Salban Vihara. Chaarpatra Mura an isolated shrine about 2.5 km north-west of
Kotila Mura and Bangladesh Academy for Rural Development, known for its
pioneering role in co-operative movement in the country.
Mainamati is only 114 km. from Dhaka city and is just two hours drive on way