Salban Vihara

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Salban Vihara information

Comilla , Bangladesh
admission local/foreigner Tk 10/100
Opening hours
9am-5pm Oct-Mar, 10am-6pm Apr-Sep
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While the ruined monastery of Salban Vihara lacks the imposing stupa of the ruins in Paharpur, the remains give a better idea of the extent of the structure, as they were rebuilt more recently.

This 170-sq-m monastery has 115 cells for monks, facing a temple in the centre of the courtyard. The royal copper plates of Deva kings and a terracotta seal bearing a royal inscription found here indicate that the monastery was built by Sri Bhava Deva in the first half of the 8th century. The original cruciform plan of the central temple was reduced in scale during subsequent rebuilding. The entire basement wall was heavily embellished with decorative elements such as terracotta plaques and ornamental bricks.

To get here, take a shared auto from Kandirpar Circle to Kotbari (Tk 20), a small village just across the Dhaka–Chittagong Hwy and a couple of kilometres from the ruins. Then either walk or take another shared auto (Tk 10) the rest of the way. Your best bet for shared autos is the road leading south off Kandirpar Circle, as that’s the way they go to Kotbari. A private CNG will cost Tk 100 to Tk 200 each way.