Friday, 15 June 2012
I am not sure about the correct spelling of this mosque. Anyway, this is known as Dhunichawk Mosque(ধুনি চক মসজিদ) and located at Shibganj(শিবগঞ্জ) of Chapainawabganj(চাপাইনবাবগঞ্জ) district of Bangladesh. Near the area of Sona Mosque(সোনা মসজিদ), there are few more archaic edifices available, this mosque is one of those.
This is a six domed mosque. It was completely dilapidated and only few walls were available. But the government totally renovated this mosque recently. There is no road available to reach near to the mosque. You have to walk through the mango garden and beside the fields. You have to rely on your GPS(24°49'54.71"N, 88° 9'1.17"E) device, or the local villagers to be you on the correct route.
I don't know the time when it was built or who was the builder. I didn't find any inscription near the mosque. The people who lived near the mosque at past were cotton carder in occupation. In Bengali, the cotton carder means Dhuni(ধুনি). Using this word, later the mosque was named as Dhuni Chawk Mosque(ধুনি চক মসজিদ).
How to Go:
There are several ways you can use to visit this archaic mosque. Here goes three for you.
1) Using direct bus from Chapai-nababganj(চাপাইনবাবগঞ্জ) to Sona Moshjid(সোনা মসজিদ) directly.
2) Using Bus from Chapainawabganj(চাপাইনবাবগঞ্জ) to Kansat(কানসাট), then from Kansat(কানসাট) to Sona Mosque(সোনা মসজিদ) using local votvoti(ভটভটি).
3) Using Bus from Rajshahi(রাজশাহী) to Chapainawabganj(চাপাইনবাবগঞ্জ), then using option (2) or (1).
After dropping from bus near at Sona Mosque, you have to walk towards the mosque on feet. Also you have to ask the local people for directions. GPS of the mosque is (24°49'54.71"N, 88° 9'1.17"E). You'll have to go through mango forest which you'll love i can bet(25-30 minutes of walking).
Where to Stay:
I have stayed at Rajshahi town. I mean after visiting the place, i have returned back to Rajshahi town. You can stay at Chapai town if you want.