Waiting for a jetty at Dabhol and loitering in the village spotted this monument.
No sign boards, tucked behind encroachments, pile of garbage and lost in irrelevance.
Shahi Masjid, one of the oldest masjid of Kokan region, built by a Bijapur princess, Aisha Bibi, popularly known as lady mother, ma sahibah. The Masjid was built in A.H. 1070 (1659-60 A.D) during Adil Shahi dynasty
It is believed princess arrived in Dabhol (then called Dabul), with an entourage of 20,000 horses. Dabhol was a stop for her way to Mecca but was she was held back due to fear of pirates. Determined to spend the money (Rs. 1.5 mn) on religious work she advised the Maulvis and Kazis to build a mosque. It was finished in four years under guidance of Kamil Khan. The dome was richly gilded and the crescent was of pure gold. The gold and gilt have long disappeared and beautiful carving and tracery remains in shambles.
Interestingly, after the Adil Shah dynasty was overthrown from Bijapur kingdom the grant to this mosque was zilch. Shivaji ensured a continuity was maintained for its upkeep.
It’s also called Anda Masjid because of its oval shaped white dome (white has faded way in time). A word of caution locals get offended with that name and are quick to rectify its “Shahi Masjid”