Friday, February 27, 2015

Bagerhat: Chunakhola Mosque (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ)


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Saturday, 03 January 2015





Chunakhola mosque (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ) is located at the Northern side of the Bibi Begni Mosque (বিবি বেগনীর মসজিদ) which is just a few minutes of walking distance. After visiting the mosque we have headed for that one through the tinny village path which was covered with too many trees, which means the walking was a conducive one despite of having an unlikely hot day at the middle of our winter.





Unlike any other mosques from around, this one was having plenty of spaces around. In fact it was at the middle of the field (paddy or other seasonal). It is a single dome mosque and the dome is noticeably larger one. Also, the dome isn't placed at the center of the mosque. From my observation the dome is inclined slightly towards the Northern wall.





Apart from the beautiful semi spherical dome atop, the mosque is having three doors at the Eastern wall. And a single door each at the Northern and Southern walls. The mosque has beautiful four columns at the four corners of the mosque (similar to any other from it's contemporary). The shape of this Chunakhola Mosjid (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ) is square.





It is unknown (at least to me) about the exact build date of the mosque. But from the architecture and the circumstances it looks like a mosque of 15th century. And some people believe this was built by an employee (or worker/servant) of the great Khan Jahan Ali (খান জাহান আলী).





How to Go:

Chunakhola Mosque (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ) is located at the Western side of the famous Sixty Dome Mosque. From the main town you can easily go there by taking a battery driven auto rickshaw. GPS coordinate of the mosque is (22°40'42.72"N, 89°43'55.82"E). The last 200 meter of the road wasn't good (for vehicle) and you may need to have a walk. But the good news is the government is constructing the road.


Three doors at the Eastern side of the wall.



Where to Stay:

Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট) is very near from the Khulna (খুলনা) town. Around 40 minutes of drive at maximum. And Khulna (খুলনা) is a divisional district. It has several international standard hotels along with plenty of cheap hotels. You can check in those for your night staying. I have stayed at the Royal International Hotel, an old and famous hotel from Khulna. And I always go for the old but famous hotels. The reason is, they are always classy, and everyone knows about location. Just ask anyone from Khulna (খুলনা) about this hotel from anywhere around there :-).


View of the mosque from the North-East corner.



Southern wall of the mosque and it has another door on it.






It was the day-2 of our four days trip at Southern Bangladesh. We have traveled Barisal (বরিশাল), Jhalokathi (ঝালকাঠি), Pirojpur (পিরোজপুর), Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট), and Khulna (খুলনা) in those days.

Chunakhola Mosque (চুনাখোলা মসজিদ),
Union: Shat Gombuz (ষাটগুম্বুজ),
Upazela: Bagerhat Sadar (বাগেরহাট সদর),
District: Bagerhat (বাগেরহাট জেলা),
Country: Bangladesh (বাংলাদেশ),
GPS coordinate: (22°40'42.72"N, 89°43'55.82"E)

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



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