Chandamari mosque witness of Mughal architecture in Kurigram

Staff Reporter, Kurigram : 378 Time View :
Update : Sunday, June 11, 2023

The Chandamari mosque witnesses of the archaeological design of the time of the Mughal era in the district. But the plaque of the architectural art of the mosque is in danger due to high salinity and lack of proper maintenance.

The mosque is situated at Chandamari (Mondol Para) village under Chakirpashar union of Rajarhat upazila of Kurigram district but none can tell the time of its foundation.

Local people, however, claimed that the mosque was established about five hundred years ago. It bears similarities with the structures and architectural designs of the buildings built during the Mughal regime. Some local historians said that the mosques resemble the architectural design of Sultani period. No one could say the name of the person who had initiated its establishment and in the absence of any office of the department of Archaeology in the district; no effort has so far been taken to dig about the background and history of the ancient mosque.
During a visit of the site, local resident and Secretary of the mosque committee Azahar Hossain Mondol (70) said that it is really hard to discover the age of the mosque after passing of the fourth generation though many guessed that the mosque might have been built in the 16th or the 17th century. This mosque has similarities with the structure of Atia Mosque built in 1609 AD at Tangail. Another residence adjacent of the mosque said that it is said that the then Mughal emperor Babor built the mosque.

Local sources said that the area of the mosque and its outskirts is 52 decimals but the main building occupies five decimals of land only. The length of the mosque is 42 feet and width is 20 feet. Two special windows and there are eight developed shelves in inner side. Per brick is in 25 inches mixed with viscous (locally known as shurki). There are three doors in five feet each and three beautiful Domes in the upper side and six small Dom are surrounded there. There are also six miners.

In spite of disfavourable of the building, the Namaz in five times including Jumma prayer are being performed regularly. Local people said many people took snap of the mosque building. The number of musolly(devotee) have increased than previous times causing the accommodation was acute shortage. Consequently, we have extended the varanda with casting by finance collected locally and received some government allocation.

Chairman of Rajarhat union council Enamul Haque told this correspondent that it is a very ancient mosque. A good number of Muslims perform Namaz here especially the mosque remains full with devotee in every Friday (prayer of Jumma). Another two similar mosques (small size) are also situated in Rajarhat upazila.

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