A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Tetulia Jami Mosque)

The Tetulia Jami Mosque (Bengali: তেতুলিয়া জামে মসজিদ), otherwise called the Khan Bahadur Salamatullah Mosque, and the Tetulia Shahi Mosque is located in the village of Tetulia (or Tentulia) in Tala Upazila in the district of Satkhira in Bangladesh. The founding father of the mosque was Khan Bahadur Maulvi Qazi Salamatullah Khan, of the zamindar Qazi family of Tetulia, who was also the founding father of the mansion called Salam Manzil within the vicinity. The six-domed mosque was built Mughal style in 1858-59 and resembles those built by Tipu Sultan’s descendants, as does the Salam Manzil, now in virtual decay. Khan Bahadur Salamatullah Khan was gone before by his dad Maulvi Qazi Sana’atullah, who was the kid of Qazi Amanatullah. The last’s dad was Qazi-ul-Quzat (Chief Justice) Baqaullah Khan (around mid to late 18th century AD) a Mughal sanad (title) holder. Khan Bahadur Salamatullah Khan was succeeded by his child Maulvi Qazi Hamidullah Khan. The last’s child Maulvi Qazi Mohammad Minnatullah Khan was a well-known identity of the Qazi group of Tetulia. Minnatullah Khan had two sons, namely Khan Sahib Qazi Rizwanullah Khan and Qazi Mohammad Shafiullah Khan. By the time these two sons had started their families the wealth of the family was already in sharp decline. The graves of both Qazi Mohammad Shafiullah Khan and Khan Sahib Qazi Rizwanullah Khan lie in the cemetery which is within the compound of the Tetulia Jami Mosque.

In 1982, the front of the rotting “Shingho Doroja” (“Main Door” within the Bengali dialect) that’s the passage and access to Salam Manzil perceived to have engravings or examples on the divider. Strolling through the door, one would locate an open compound containing plenty of greenery. An extended verandah with a disintegrating rooftop, upheld by a twin-column framework, neglected the compound. Opening onto the verandah were frail chambers, which won’t to capacity as workplaces previously when the chateau was in a very working state. Before, one or more end-rooms of the verandah had housed palkis (palanquins). One specific palki was gigantic and twelve bearers were obliged to convey it. It’s irregular to get the use of the twin-column framework in an exceedingly remote town of Bengal within the mid 19th century. The twin-column framework was important to bolster the rooftop, which had some layers of support. The separation of the rooftop from the start to be no but ten and a half feet. Within the modern times, the “Shingho Doroja” has been renovated to a unique style, though the remainder of the Salam Manzil is in complete ruins.