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Narayanganj: Bondor Shahi Mosjid(বন্দর শাহী মসজিদ)


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Friday, 14 June 2013





Bondor Shahi mosque(বন্দর শাহী মসজিদ) is located at the Bondor(বন্দর) municipal area of Narayanganj(নারায়্নগঞ্জ) district. It was built during the 1482 AD by Baba Saleh(বাবা সালেহ). Its a square shaped mosque having four octagonal towers at the four corners. It has only a single hemispherical dome at the center of the mosque.


Similar to the other archaeological edifices from Bangladesh, the government is failed to take proper care and make local people concerned about this historical mosque. Now a days the mosque is occupied with newly built structures. Also, the local mosque committee has extended the mosque by adding an unplanned verandah at the eastern side so that it can accommodate more people.


But these kind of activities are strictly prohibited by the rules of Archaeological department. Nobody is following this rules. During my travel, I hardly found an inches around to take a snap of the mosque. From the second floor of a constructing building, I have found an ample amount of space to observe the Dome of the mosque closely.


I think its too late, the government can't revert this mosque to it's original state.





How to Go:

Bondor Shahi Mosque(বন্দর শাহী মসজিদ) is located at the Bondor Upozela(বন্দর উপাজেলা) of Narayanganj(নারায়্নগঞ্জ) district. There are several routes available to visit this mosque. You can follow below one if you are interested.


1) Come to the Chashara(চাষাড়া) Station of Narayanganj(নারায়্নগঞ্জ). You'll get lot of buses from Motijheel(মতিঝিল) or Gulistan(গুলিস্তান) of Dhaka. Its around 40 taka bus fare.


2) Come to the Launch terminal which is near from the Narayanganj(নারায়্নগঞ্জ) Rail Station. Cross the river there using public boats.


3) Take a rickshaw after crossing the river. It will be around 25-30 taka rickshaw fare to reach near at the Mosque. GPS Coordinate of the Bondor Shahi Mosque(বন্দর শাহী মসজিদ) is (23°36'46.06"N, 90°31'0.73"E).


Octagonal tower and the dome of the Mosque.



Newly added verandah of the mosque that decreased it's antiquity.



Bondor Shahi Mosjid(বন্দর শাহী মসজিদ)



Bondor Shahi Mosjid(বন্দর শাহী মসজিদ)



View of the mosque from the newly constructing building.



Bondor Shahi Mosjid(বন্দর শাহী মসজিদ)



Hemispherical dome of the Bondor Shahi Mosjid(বন্দর শাহী মসজিদ)



Bondor/Bandar Shahi Mosjid(বন্দর শাহী মসজিদ),
Bondor, Narayanganj District,
Bangladesh

This article is written by Lonely Traveler,
for the blog http://icwow.blogspot.com/

Reference:
[1] http://www.banglapedia.org/HT/B_0099.HTM


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