A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Chatmohar Shahi Mosque)

Chatmohar Shahi Mosque (Bengali: চাটমোহর শাহী মসজিদ) is located at about 200 yards away from Chatmohar Upazila, Pabna District, Bangladesh. In Bangladesh, this is an ancient mosque. Chatmohar, in Pabna district, is one of nine Thanas. The Chatmohar town (24n13,89e18) is situated on the south bank of the once navigable Baral River. Ishurdi is about 25 km NE and is an important railway station between Ishurdi-Dhaka railroads. Getting the past back from the pre-Muslim period, a very old commercial venue. The mosque is an archeological site in Bengal; at one point the mosque was reduced to rubble. It absolutely was completed by the Bangladesh Department of Archeology within the 1980s. Currently, it’s a preserved building. The mosque had a Persian inscription engraved during a Tughra script. Nowadays the inscription is preserved within the Rajshahi Barind Research Museum. A Persian inscription in beautiful Tughra, now preserved within the Rajshahi varendra research museum, records its construction in 1582 AD by Khan Muhammad bin Tuwi Khan Qaqshal. Enclosed by an occasional outer wall the mosque occupies the western half a rather raised platform. Built entirely of brick, it’s oblong in plan, measuring 18.14m by 8.23m on the surface. The walls are 1.98m thick. The building’s four external angles are supported by octagonal towers, which rise to the level of the roof.

Inside the mosque, the length is 34 cubits, the width is 15 cubits, and therefore the height is about 30 cubits or about 45 feet. The mosque is constructed of red lattice bricks inlaid with small thin designs. The wall of the mosque is four and a half cubits wide. Ahead of the three-domed mosque, a chunk of black stone inscribed with Kalema Tayeba continues to be inlaid on Idara. Access is given on the eastern façade by two-centered pointed archways three and on the north and south sides each. The central one is larger of the three archways to the east. The qibla wall is recessed internally with three semi-circular mihrabs, the central one of which is larger and has a rectangular projection towards the rear. The mosque was built by Masum Khan Kabuli, a military commander of Emperor Akbar. The peak of the mosque is about 45 feet and its three domes at the highest. A molded horizontal band runs through the center of the walls giving the building a two-storied appearance from the surface. All the mihrabs, contained within rectangular frames, originally had terracotta ornamentation, traces of which still survive. Varieties of motifs were used, such as rosettes, geometric designs, and floral scrolls. A lovely latticework of lattice bricks can be seen on the mosque’s exterior and inside walls. Inside the mosque, built by Masum Khan Kabuli, was a black plaque (preserved in the Barind Museum, Rajshahi). The mosque building is recorded in Persian letters gravitated on the plaque. Kalama Tayyab’s inscription can be seen in Indara, in front of the mosque. This particular type of mosque may have been a North Indian derivation; its earliest examples are to be found in the periods, Lodi and Suri. The style evolved during the Mughal era.