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7. Write short notes on (historical timelines and the founders): ● Dhakeshwari Temple ● Ahsan Manzil ● Lalbagh Fort ● Paharpur Vihara ● Mahastan Garh ● Moinamati in Comilla
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1. Dhakeshwari Temple:

The Dhakeshwari Temple is a famous ancient temple, arguably the most prominent temple of Dhaka as well as the most important Hindu place of worship in Bangladesh. It is also said that the name of the city itself as coined after the temple. It is situated on the northern side of the Dhakeshwari Road near Bakshi bazar area of Old Dhaka, less than half a mile to the southwest of the Salimullah Hall of Dhaka University.
Popular legend connects the name of a king, Ballalasena, as its builder, but it is not certain that he is identical with the 12th century Sena king of that name. According to one legend, the deity was found hidden underneath the earth and hence the name. It is said that the construction of the temple to Ballalasena, the Sena king, who found the deity and constructed a temple for it.
However, the architectural style of the temple (the three-domed roof and three arched entrances and the plastered walls of the temple) does not resemble the typical 12th century standard, but that of the Mughal period, with a little affinity to Arakanese structure as well. The temple was not mentioned by Abul Fazal, the renowned historian of 16th century in his Ain-i-Akbari; which further inspires the debate whether the temple existed in that time or not. The sculpture of the female deity also indicates that it belonged to the Maghs. From all these it has been suggested that the builder of this temple was one Mangat Ray, who was also known as Ballalasena, younger brother of Arakanese king Shrisudharma, son of famous Arakanese king Raja Malhana. Mangat was obliged to take shelter in Dhaka having been driven away from Arakan.
There is another account on the founding of the temple. In the beginning of the 20th century Bradley Birt wrote that the temple

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