Alakuri’s Mosque at Muhammadpur

Alakuri’s Mosque at Muhammadpur, Dhaka

About half a mile from Dara Begam’s tomb, on the left side of the road in Muhammadpur, where formerly existed the village of Katajur, is a beautiful small mosque, showing Shaista Khani style of architecture. The mosque (pl. 43.1&43.2) stands on the western side of a raised spot, to the south of which is a small old well. It is a single- domed square building, measuring 121/2’ (internally) each side, with octagonal corner minars, crowned with plastered kiosks having pent eves. The eastern facade is very pleasing with its arched panels and a prominent arched opening set in a projected bay bordered by slender fluted pilaster minarets resting on double jar- pedestal. The doorway opens below a semi-dome over which was formerly placed an inscription. It is reported that the inscription was removed by the Raja of Bhowal in the last century. Behind the parapet, which is much broken, raises the dome.

 

 

Alakuri’s Mosque at Muhammadpur, Dhaka

Alakuri’s Mosque at Muhammadpur, Dhaka

Alakuri’s Mosque at Muhammadpur, Dhaka

Alakuri’s Mosque at Muhammadpur, Dhaka

The interior hall is quite impressive with its decorated central mihrab, and the dome, which is supported on squinches, has basal leaf ornament above a frieze of floral design.
 The mosque is now receiving the attention of the local people.

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