Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Dhaka: Star Mosque(তারা মসজিদ)

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Saturday, 11 June 2011

Tara Moshjid(তারা মসজিদ) is located at the Armanitola(আরমানিটোলা) of Old Dhaka. It is at the western side of the Armanitola(আরমানিটোলা) High School. It was built during 18th century by Mirza Ghulam Pir(মির্জা গুলাম পীর), a Zamidar(জমিদার) from Dhaka. Initially it has only three domes at top. But now days it has 5 domes and nicely decorated with myriads of stars sticking outer surface of the mosque.

In early of 20th century, a rich businessman named Ali Jan Bepari(আলী জান বেপারী) financed to do the reparation of the mosque and also added a veranda at the eastern side of the mosque. Inside the mosque is decorated nicely with the mosaic and the tiles are having floral patterns on it. Unlike any other mosques from Old Dhaka, this one has a bit of spaces at the eastern side of the mosque. During heavy crowded prayer, people can stand on that open space. Detail of the mosque is available at WikiPedia.

Having lot of stars on the outer surface of the mosque is the main reason to call this as Star Mosque(in Bengali, Tara Mosjid). Exact coordinate of the mosque is (23°42'56.36"N, 90°24'6.01"E)

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