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About eight Km. to the west of commilla town, which is situated 114 Km. south-east of Dhaka lies a range of low hills known as Mainamati-lalmai ridge,

an exten-sive centre of Buddhist centre. On the slopes of these hills lie scattered a treasure of information about the early Buddhist Civilization (8th-12th century). At salban in the middle of the ridge, excava-tions laid bare a large Buddist Vihara (monastery) and imposing central shrine.

It has revealed valuable information about the rule of the Chandra and deva dynasties which flourished here from the 8th to 12th century A.D. The whole range of hillocks run for about 18km. and studded with more than 50 sites .

A site museum housed the archeaologicak finds include ter-racotta plaques, bronze statues and casket, coins, jewellery, utensils, pottery and votive stupas embossed with Buddhist inscription. Museum is open Sunday-Friday and closes on Saturday.

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