A historical mosque in Noakhali || Bajra Shahi Jame Mosque

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Historical Mosque in Noakhali

One of the oldest historical mosques in Noakhali district is the Bajra Shahi Jame Mosque. It was originally built in imitation of the Shahi Mosque in Delhi. The mosque is now bearing the image of the Mughal Empire.

The Mughal emperors of Delhi ruled for more than 300-year in undivided India. During the long reign, the Mughal emperors and their superiors built numerous mosques in different places. All these mosques and buildings remain the highlight of the architecture of them. Notable among these are Taj Mahal of Agra, Agra Fort, Dewan Mam, Shahi Jame Mosque in Delhi and Lal Fort of Delhi. Similarly, another hallmark of the Mughal architecture is the Shahi Jame Mosque of Bajra.

History

History shows that during the reign of Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah in 1741-42, Zamindar Aman Ullah dug a deep dighi on 30 acres of land in front of his house. He built 3 domed mosques besides the Dighi. This mosque is known as Bajra Shahi Jame Mosque.

Mosque infrastructure:

Although built during the Mughal period, its architecture tells us how attractive and strong structure of the mosque was. The mosque is made to a depth of about 20 feet so that the mosque has become stronger. Musulli can access in three directions to the mosque. There are 5 arched doors for the entrance. There are several domes at the entrance. Besides, there are 3 arches on the walls of the Kabla.

Bajra Shahi Jame Mosque
Bajra Shahi Jame Mosque

According to the Persian language written on the main entrance of the mosque, the mosque built-in 1139 (Bangla year) or 1732 (English year),. The mosques were decorated by two persons named Ali Ahmad and Suzi Uddin who were the relative of Zamindar Aman Ullah. They used Chinese wood and glass to decorate the mosque. The mosque was so strong that it did not have to be repaired in 177 years. After 177 years of construction, the mosque was repaired only once in 1909.

Appointed the first Imam

Since the Mughal emperors had special weaknesses in the religious establishment, they built mosques and buildings in different parts of undivided India. After the construction of the Bozra mosque by the zamindar Aman Ullah, Mughal Emperor Mohammad Shah decided to appoint an Imam in the mosque. He made a special request to Maulana Shah Abu Siddique, an elderly scholar of the then Mecca Sharif (Saudi Arabia) to take responsibility as Imam of the mosque. Responding to his request, Maulana Shah Abu Siddique joined as the first Imam of the historic mosque. Later, his descendants are still serving as priests of the mosque according to merit.

Crowds of visitors

every day people come from far to see this ancient architecture of Noakhali. Many people wish to pray at this historic mosque ‍at once. In addition to the religious establishment, since it is an ancient temple, many travel-loving people also come to see it.

Bangladesh Archeology Department is working to preserve the heritage of this historic mosque and to preserve rare artifacts.

Location

Union: Bozra

Upazila: Sonaimuri

District: Noakhali

Country: Bangladesh

How to go?

If you are from Dhaka:

  • Firstly, you need to go to Saydabad bus station.
  • Therefore, take a ticket for any bus which will go Noakhali-Luximpur.
  • Most importantly, go down at Bozra Hospital

If you are from Chattagram

  • Go to Alonkar bus station
  • Take a ticket of Jonaki/Shahi, you can also use other buses which go Noakhali-Luximpur
  • Go down at Bozra Hospital

After getting down  Bozra Hospital:

After getting down from the bus at Bozra hospital, the mosque is just 200 yards from the hospital which you can cover the foot.

Where you can stay there?

If you want to back on the same day you can start your journey at 5-6 am. Therefore it is possible to come back after visiting the mosque on the same day. But if you are planning to travel to other sports in Noakhali, you may have to stay.

The best place to stay in Noakhali in the circuit house. Moreover, if you want, you will find fairly high-quality hotels in any place like Sonimuri, Chowmuhani or Maizadi. The rent will not be charged that much.

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