Dhaka: Kartalab Khan's Mosque

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Kartalab Khan's Mosque(কর্তালাব খান মসজিদ) is located at the Begum Bazar(বেগম বাজার) of Old Dhaka. It was built by the Dewan Murshid Quli Khan(মুর্শিদ কুলি খান), also known as Kartalab Khan(কর্তালাব খান) during 1701-1704, and the mosque named after him. For it's location, people used to call this as Begum Bazar(বেগম বাজার) Mosque. Hardly very few people know this mosque as Kartalab Khan's Mosque now a days. The Google Map coordinate of the mosque is (23°43'2.03"N, 90°23'54.59"E), near to the Dhaka Central Jail.

Like any other mosques of that period, this one was built over a plinth like high vault. This mosque has five domes at the top of it, and an extended do-chala(দো চালা) like room at northern side. Though it was built around 300 years back, but now a days none of it's antiquities are available.

Old Dhaka is already a congested area and there is hardly any space around the mosque for you to observe. Busy trading is going on around the mosque area. In fact it will be hard for you to stand beside the road and watch the top of the mosque. From my experience, it was hard to take any snap of the mosque by standing on the middle of the road.

There are buildings around the mosque those are using as market. So you can easily use any of those. I have climbed two of them to get a view of the mosque. I was only able to manage the back side view of the mosque. I don't know how the frontal looks like. This mosque could have been used as a token of our glorious past if the care was taken initially.