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2 out of 25 attractions in Murshidabad

Katra Masjid

This is one of the most important attractions of the Murshidabad town of the East Murshidabad District. It is like a weekend getaway from the metropolitan of Kolkata and is visited by tourists all round the year. The mosqe has lost much of its charm mainly due to the earthquake which took place in the year 1897. The mosque was built by Nawab Murshid Quli Khan between the years 1723 and 1724 and the tomb of the nawab is also over here. The design of the mosque was inspired from that of the Kartalab Mosque which is in the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh. The meaning of the word 'Katra' is a market. This is beacause initially the mosque was surrounded by a busy market. The mosque was once decorated with beautiful works of calligraphy, minarets, designed domes and lattice works. The presence of Persian inscriptions can also be found here. The open space right in front of the entrance of the Masjid is the place where devotees carry on the koran reading sessions. The place is so big that about 2000 people can accomodate themselves here at the same time over here.