Thursday, December 28, 2006

Some old buildings and Mosques in Lalbagh, Dhaka

Lalbagh Shahi Mosque - South view (Shaista khan Road)

East view (Kazi Reazuddin Road) near 'Posta'

Lalbagh Shahi Mosque minaret

Lalbagh Shahi Mosque, also known as Farrukh Siyar Mosque, is located within a few yards of the southern gate of the Lalbagh Fort at Dhaka. This is the largest Mughal mosque in Bangladesh, capable of accommodating some 1500 devotees at a time. It was built by Prince Farrukh Siyar between 1703 and 1706, while he was at Dhaka as a representative of his viceroy father Prince Azim-us-Shan. Due to a series of repair and extension works, the mosque now gives a contemporary look. A new minaret was built. The mosque still retains its original layout. Its outer dimension is 49.99m from north to south and 16.46m from east to west. Internally, it is 47.85m by 14.33m and the thickness of the walls is 1.07m only.

Small shops beside Fort south wall (Kazi Reazuddin Road)

Vegetable market at 'Killar Mor' (road junction of the Fort)

Outside view of Lalbagh Fort south wall and west kiosk

South West corner of Lalbagh Fort kiosk [outside view - Killar Mor ]

Jagannath Saha Road originating from south west corner of Lalbagh Fort [ Killar Mor connects Nawabganj in the west ]

Old Mansion of Jagannath Saha which bears the name of the road

Electrical shop for second hand gadgets on the road

Mosque at Jagannath saha road

A mosque on Lalbagh road

The Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque on Lalbagh road is situated less than half a kilometre west of the Lalbagh Fort, in an area called Atish Khana in old Dhaka. Two Persian inscriptions - one over the central archway and the other over the central Mihrab, speak of its construction during 1704-05 AD by one Khan Muhammad Mridha. The name of the mosque is after its builder.
The large platform is 38.10m from north to south and 28.96m from east to west. It's height is about 5.18m from the ground level. Underneath the platform, are vaulted rooms on all sides except the eastern side. In the eastern side, there is a stairway which ends with a gateway aligning the central doorway of the mosque proper. It is through this gateway that one can reach the top of the platform.

Also see Lalbagh Area and Fort Incident.


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