Northwestern Bangladesh

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Bogra, Mahastangarh, Paharpur, Puthia, and the chars in the Jamuna River, Bangladesh.
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The curved roof of the Kusumba Mosque (1558) in Naogaon District, Bangladesh, mimics the Bengali house.

The curved roof of the Kusumba Mosque in Naogaon District, Bangladesh, mimics the Bengali house.

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Bogra, Mahastangarh, Paharpur, Puthia, and the chars in the Jamuna River, Bangladesh.

Photos taken by David Stanley on a visit to Bogra, Mahastangarh, Paharpur, Puthia, and the chars in the Jamuna River, Bangladesh.

The Shiva Temple (1823) in Puthia, Bangladesh, contains a large phallic Shiva lingam.

The Shiva Temple in Puthia, Bangladesh, contains a large phallic Shiva lingam.

The Anika Ttemple at Puthia, Bangladesh, features an egg-shaped roof and fine decoration.

The Anika Ttemple at Puthia, Bangladesh, features an egg-shaped roof and fine decoration.

The 19th century Govinda Temple at Puthia, Bangladesh, is a popular pilgrimage site for Krishna devotees.

The century Govinda Temple at Puthia, Bangladesh, is a popular pilgrimage site for Krishna devotees.

Geometric patterns decorate the mihrab (prayer niche) of the Kusumba Mosque (1558) in Naogaon District, Bangladesh.

Geometric patterns decorate the mihrab (prayer niche) of the Kusumba Mosque in Naogaon District, Bangladesh.

Terracotta plaques at the base of the 8th century Somapuri Mahavihara at Paharpur, Bangladesh, carry images of mythical creatures and people.

Terracotta plaques at the base of the century Somapuri Mahavihara at Paharpur, Bangladesh, carry images of mythical creatures and people.

The Somapuri Mahavihara at Paharpur, Bangladesh, was once the largest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalayas. It was built by Dharmapala (770-810 AD), the second Pala emperor.

The Somapuri Mahavihara at Paharpur, Bangladesh, was once the largest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalayas. It was built by Dharmapala AD), the second Pala emperor.

The Paharpur Bihar Museum in Naogaon District, Bangladesh, contains a good collection of Buddhist statuary.

The Paharpur Bihar Museum in Naogaon District, Bangladesh, contains a good collection of Buddhist statuary.

As many as a million people live on the chars (sandbank islands) of the Jamuna River in Bangladesh.

As many as a million people live on the chars (sandbank islands) of the Jamuna River in Bangladesh.

Cattle provide income for inhabitants of the chars (sandbank islands) in the Jamuna River, Bangladesh.

Cattle provide income for inhabitants of the chars (sandbank islands) in the Jamuna River, Bangladesh.

Small tractors of this kind are used to plow the riice paddies of Bangladesh. This example was seen on a char (sandbank island) in the Jamuna River.

Small tractors of this kind are used to plow the riice paddies of Bangladesh. This example was seen on a char (sandbank island) in the Jamuna River.

A fisherman raises his net on a heavily eroded bank of the Jamuna River east of Bogra, Bangladesh.

A fisherman raises his net on a heavily eroded bank of the Jamuna River east of Bogra, Bangladesh.

Long wooden boats are used to fish and travel on the Jamuna River east of Bogra, Bangladesh.

Long wooden boats are used to fish and travel on the Jamuna River east of Bogra, Bangladesh.

This boatload of Bangladeshis is coming from a chars (sandbank island) in the Jamuna River east of Bogra.

This boatload of Bangladeshis is coming from a chars (sandbank island) in the Jamuna River east of Bogra.

This cargo vehicle was seen at Bogra, Bangladesh.

This cargo vehicle was seen at Bogra, Bangladesh.

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