Rang Ghar the sports-pavilion of Ahom kings

Rang Ghar the sports-pavilion of Ahom kings

Rang Ghar is a two-storied building located in Sivasagar district of Assam, which was the royal sports-pavilion from which the Ahom kings and nobles witnessed games like buffalo fights and other sports at the Rupahi Pathar specially during Rangali Bihu festival in the Ahom capital, Rangpur. It was the logo of the recently concluded 33rd National Games that was held from 9 to 18 February, 2007 in Guwahati, Assam.

Location of Rang Ghar:

It is 3 km away from the center of Sivasagar Town. Situated by the side of the Assam Trunk Road, it lies to the northeast of the Rangpur Palace, a seven-storied royal complex comprising the Talatal Ghar and the Kareng Ghar.

History of Rang Ghar

It is one of the oldest surviving amphitheaters in Asia. The building was first constructed during the reign of Swargadeo Rudra Singha with bamboo and wood. It was later rebuilt with brick by Swargadeo Pramatta Singha in AD 1744-1750. This a fascinating structure. During the early days the Rang Ghar of Assam was mainly used for watching elephant fights. The building was constructed during the reign of Swargadeo Pramatta Singha in 1746.

Architecture of Rang Ghar

On the roof of the Rang Ghar is a design of an Ahom royal long boat. It is an entertainment house. It is situated very close to the Gargaon Palace. It has a royal origin. It is said that the kings of the Ahom dynasty used to watch different sports from here. It is a two-story structure. This pavilion is oval in shape.

The pavilion is 10 meter in height. Its length and width are 27 meter and 11 meter respectively. There is a wonderful ground just in front of it. Probably it was the venue for the different sports that the royal personalities used to watch from the pavilion. A very steep flight of steps will reach you to the higher points of the pavilion. These were supposedly the places from where the kings and other royal dignitaries used to enjoy the sports competitions.

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