Sunday, August 05, 2007

Bibi-ka Rauja - Old Husainy Dalan in Farashganj

Entry gate, Bibi-ka Rauja

Nahabatkhana of Imambara (right)

Rauja of Fatima bibi

BK. Das road, Farashganj near the Rauja

Imambara (Husaini Dalan) located in Farashganj is known to be the oldest one of the Imambaras of Dhaka. It was built in 1600 ad by one Amir Khan. It’s a common practice among the Shia community to build edifices to commemorate the martyrdom of Al-Husain, the grandson of Holy prophet of Islam Muhammad (pbuh), at the battle of Karbala in Iraq on the 10th day of Muharram 61 AH (10 October 680 AD). Imambara literally means a residence for the Imam which stands for a house or an assembly hall built by the Shiites for observing Muharram. There is a tomb of Fatima bibi inside, from which the name derives, but its creation is shrouded with mystery. However, a Parsi named SM Doshanji renovated the aging Imambara in 1861. In the year 1946 during communal riot, the Imambara was heavily damaged but the portion of ‘Nahbatkhana’ survived. The damaged portions were reconstructed later.

At one time there were 15 Imambaras in Dhaka city alone, of which the most famous is the Husainy Dalan near Bakshibazar built by Syed Mir Murad, 42 years after the Imambara of Bibi ka Rauja.

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