- 8km west of Comilla
- Mainimati Museum admission Tk2.00
- Mainimati Museum open Oct-Mar Sun-Fri 09:00-13:30 & 14:30-17:00, Apr-Sep Sun-Fri 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00
Lonely Planet review for Mainimati Ruins
Famous as an important centre of Buddhist culture from the 7th to 12th centuries, the buildings excavated here were made wholly of baked bricks. There are more than 50 scattered Buddhist sites, but the three most important are Salban Vihara, Kotila Mura and Charpatra Mura.
Salban Vihara was a well-planned, 170 sq m (182 sq ft) monastery facing a temple in the centre of the courtyard. Nearby is a museum housing the finds excavated here, which include terracotta plaques, bronze statues, a bronze casket, coins, jewellery and votive stupas embossed with Buddhist inscriptions.
Kotila Mura comprises three large stupas representing Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, the 'Three Jewels of Buddhism'. The most important discovery at Charpatra Mura were four royal copper-plate decrees, three belonging to Chandra rulers, the other to Sri Viradhara Deva, a later Hindu king.
Note that some of the major ruins are within a military cantonment and cannot be visited without permission from military officers.