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Shrine of Hazrat Shahrasti – Chandpur
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Shrine of Hazrat Shahrasti – Chandpur

Mazar Sharif of Hazrat Shahrasti (RA) is located in Sreepur village under Shahrasti upazila of Chandpur district. As far as is known about this great preacher of Islam Rasti Shah, he was born in the city of Baghdad, Iraq. He was a descendant of Hazrat Barapir Abdul Quader Jilani (RA). His father was Barapir Saheb's nephew. According to a board kept in the shrine, he was born in 1238 AD and arrived in this country in 1351. He passed away in 1388 after witnessing many miracles to the local people. 

He was one of the 12 Auliyas who came to this country with Hazrat Shahjalal. When he came to this country, the Sultan of Delhi was Firoz Shah and the Subedar of Bengal was Fakhruddin Mubarak Shah. One of Rasti Shah's companions was Syed Ahmed Tanvi. 

He first came to Yemen in 738 Bangalabd for preaching. He came to this country to preach Islam after receiving a commandment from Yemen. As he came to this country from Yemen, many people call him of Yemen origin. His younger brother Shah Mahbub was one of his companions when he came to this country. 

Hazrat Rasti Shah was ungrateful. His younger brother Shah Mahbub married in Chowdhury house of Ashrafpur village. Ashrafpur is currently located in Kachua Upazila. There is also a very ancient three-domed mosque. Three hundred and fifty years after Rasti Shah's death, Kazi Ghulam Rasul built a three-domed mosque on the orders of Subedar Shaista Khan's daughter Pari Bibi. 

The dighi which is located on the north side of the shrine, is also known in the area about its excavation. According to the information received from the people of Sripur Miabari, who claim to be descendants of Rasti Shah, it is known that once a large number of people came to be followers of Rasti Shah, there was a severe water crisis in the area. To solve this water problem, Rasti Sahib felt the need to dig a well and started digging the well in 28 acres of property by Jinn in one night. The jinns will leave at dawn. The construction of the north bank of the lake is still unfinished. At that time, the sound of the Fajr prayer call was heard. One by one all the jinns left. The north bank is no longer dammed. It is still in that condition today. 

However, there is a legend floating around the area about the excavation of this dighi. Maybe there will be a storm of controversy about the statement. We have included the said statement about dighi digging in the current report only because of the flow of events. 

The long-held saying is that Rasti Shah (RA) along with Kalidevi attempted to dig the Dighi as a challenge to his spiritual pursuits. Kalidevi said that it would not be possible to dig such a big lake in one night. Rasti Shah (RA) insisted on this and started digging this dighi by bringing the jinn as a spiritual practice. Kali was surprised to see the progress of digging the well and doubted that Rasti Shah (RA) was going to be successful in the end. Immediately he disguised himself as a rooster. Then only the northern bank of the dam remains to be built. Disguised as a rooster, he signaled dawn and thinking it had dawned, the jinn went back without completing the excavation. Since then, the north bank has not been built. 

For the maintenance of this shrine, the British East India Company gave a grant (allowance) at the rate of two hundred and ten rupees annually. In between when Henry Medcalf was the DM (District Magistrate) of Comilla, it came to an end when Ghapla appeared with Hazrat Rasti Shah's successor Hazrat Ghulam Reza. Later, however, the trouble subsided. Today his descendants are getting the annual allowance at the rate of two hundred and ten taka. 

How to go:

From any district of Bangladesh come to Chadpur district headquarters and go to Shahrasti upazila. Sekan can be reached by rickshaw or C&G from Shahrasti Upazila Parishad.


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