Musa Khan Mosque - Dhaka

Musa Khan Mosque, Dhaka


Musa Khan Mosque is yet another edifice inside the Dhaka University premise that was built during the Mughal era. Probably this mosque was built by Musa Khan who was a son of Isha Khan who was a prominent Zamidar from Baro Bhuiyan. It was quite unsure about the original time when it was built. Musa Khan died during 1623, but the structure of the mosque is almost similar to the Khwaja Shahbaz's Mosque and it was built during 1679. So neither the date nor the builder of the mosque is confirmed. Some people believe that this one was built by either Shaista Khan or even later by Dewan Manawar Khan.


Musa Khan Mosque, Dhaka


The mosque has a vault platform, and over this plinth the main architecture of the mosque is planted. It is a small building just like any other mosques during that period. It has three domes over the top. Middle one is the larger than other twos. Both the inside and outside of the mosque is plastered with cement and washed white with lime. There is a grave of Musa Khan is available at the northeast side. Detail of this mosque is available in BanglaPedia.


Musa Khan Mosque, Dhaka


The mosque has gone through several renovations. Also from the first sight it seemed to me, it is currently not under proper care. The authority just placed a signboard beside the mosque and thought their works are done. It is not a good practice to color this building with yellow this year, and next year white (I have seen this mosque in several colors over the last few years), and finally let the color be disappeared. We are not in a position to do experiment on such a precious object.


Musa Khan Mosque, Dhaka


How to Go:


Location of this antique mosque is at south of Doyel Chattar, beside the Karzon hall, opposite of the Dhaka University swimming complex. Exact Google map coordinate is (23°43'36.33"N, 90°24'2.92"E). You can find another mosque (Shahbaz Khan Mosque) near that place contemporary to this one.


Musa Khan Mosque, Dhaka


If you want to visit this place it would take hardly 10-15 minutes. And bonus would be the great Karzon Hall around. Or during your Karzon hall visit you could spend few minutes here around this Musa Khan Mosque.


Musa Khan Mosque,
Doyel chattar,
Dhaka,
Country: Bangladesh,
GPS coordinate (23°43'36.33"N, 90°24'2.92"E).



Saturday, 11 June 2011


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