Sunday, April 11, 2010

Dhaka: Mosque & Tomb of Khwaja Shahbaz

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Sunday, 11th April 2010

I have heard about the tomb and mosque of Hazrat Khwaza Shahbaz before. Also I have gone several times through the road which is just beside the mosque. But I have never had a chance to visit this old fashioned and one of the oldest mosque of Dhaka. This one is situated just behind the "Tin Netar Mazar" (Three Leaders Mausoleum), just near the "Doyel Chattar" of Dhaka University.

Mosque & Tomb of Khwaja Shahbaz
Khwaja Shahbaz Mosque #1, Front view

Khwaza Shahbaz, the founder of the mosque was a prominent merchant of Dhaka. In fact, prominent is not the paragon for him. People used to call him as "Merchant of Prince". According to the history of the mosque, it was built at 1679 AD in the surrounding of the Ramna Park.

Mosque & Tomb of Khwaja Shahbaz
Khwaja Shahbaz Mosque #2

The mosque has three large Domes, and the architecture is almost similar to the structures at the era of Mughal(shaista khan). The measurement of the mosque is exactly 20.73 m by 7.92m. It is comprises with three front doors, where the middle one is a bit larger compare if you compare with other two.

Mosque & Tomb of Khwaja Shahbaz
Khwaja Shahbaz Mosque #3, Western side of the mosque

Mosque & Tomb of Khwaja Shahbaz
Left side Dome is the Tomb's, and other three are of the mosques's

As a commemoration, the mosque premise has a tomb of the founder of the mosque. The tomb is decorated with only a single dome. The southern part of the tomb has a nicely shaped veranda with a curvy roof. Inside the tomb, there is something which is covered with red cloth(I don't know what is this crumb called).

Mosque & Tomb of Khwaja Shahbaz
Khwaja Shahbaz Tomb with a beautiful do-chala hut-shaped roofed veranda

Each corner of the mosque or the tomb has a firmly built pillar(minaret?), which are lovely to examine. The baroque style of the pillar will certainly impress you. Neither the mosque nor the tomb has any window. That's why when you'll look inside the tomb or mosque, you'll find it a bit darker, no matter how sunny the day is.

Mosque & Tomb of Khwaja Shahbaz
Corner of the tomb, a lovely decorated pillar

Finally its strictly forbidden for the women for "Jumma Prayer" at Friday. Using a notice board at the facade of the mosque, its proclaimed that they have no facilities for women for Jumma Prayer.

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