Katra Masjid 1/1 by Tripoto
October- February
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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September - May
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2 out of 25 attractions in Murshidabad
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.
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Built in 1724, 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. At present it is maintained and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and the Government of West Bengal. It is a brick built mosque and is surrounded by double storied domed cells, which were built for those who read the Holy Quran in those days, they can also be called a Madrasa. All the rooms can in all accommodate 700 Quran readers. These rooms from a cloister to the huge courtyard in front of these rooms. At real beauty.