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Murshidabad - V

This is the image of Katra Mosque situated about 2 km from the Hazarduari Palace.The mosque is not being used for prayers for many years due to dispute between Hindus and Muslim communities.

Some tidbits about the Katra Mosque :

The Katra Masjid Mosque is a mosque and the tomb of Nawab Murshid Quli Khan built between 1723 and 1724.It is located in the north eastern side of the city of Lalbagh in the Indian state of West Bengal. Its importance lies not only as a great centre of Islamic learning but also for the tomb of Murshid Quli Khan, who is buried under the entrance staircase. The most striking feature is the two large corner towers having loopholes for musketry.

This mosque is rectangular in plan. The dimensions are: 45.5m X 7.32m. It has been divided into five bays, each with an arched entrance and the central one is the most prominent one as it has a slender turret. The mosque has five domes. Some of them have been destroyed others have survived the great earthquake of 1897, which almost destroyed most of the building. The total area is 19.5 acres and can accommodate 2000 Namaz readers, that is the reason one can find 2000 squared type mats depicted on the floor, each of them used by a single Namaz reader.

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