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Nakhoda Mosque

Nakhoda Mosque
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» Cost - 15 million Rs.
» Capacity - 10,000 people
» Timing - 6.00 A.M. To 8.00 P.M.
» Entry - Free

Nakhoda Mosque is located in Jacquaria Street, near the junction of Chitpore Road and Mahatma Gandhi Road.

About Nakhoda Mosque
In the past it was a small mosque. In 1926, a resident of Cutch, Abdar Rahim Osman built the present mos­que, the biggest in Kolkata.It has been built in the style of Akbar's tomb at Sikandra-an exam­ple of Indo-Saracenic architecture.

The total cost incurred for the construction was Rs. 15 lakhs. About 10,000 men can perform the 'Namaaz' in the stupendous prayer hall of the mosque. In between is a dome and two minarets which are 151ft. high. There are 25 tiny pillars beside these which are 100ft. - 117ft. tall. The gateway of this mosque is an ersatz of the Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri. For this purpose granite stones were brought from Tolepur. Inside is a superb exhibition of exquisite ornamentation and artistic extravaganza.

Outside the mosque, every day except Sunday, you can buy attar, which is perfume made from essential oils and flower fragrances.

The mosque during festival time
This mosque is decorated gracefully during the Muslim festivals or 'parabs'. In Muharram days, the whole area daz­zles with a fair-like atmosphere. The mosque is governed by a board of trustees at present.

Nearby Attraction
You must visit its nearby attraction at Sinduraipatty there is Hafiz Jalaluddin Mosque. Karbala Masjid at Man-icktola, built by the Nawabs of Murshidabad is very attractive. The 13 mosque built by the descendants of Tipu Sultan must also be mentioned. Amongst these, the mosque known as Tipu Sultan mosque at Dharmatal- la St, built by prince Golam Mohammad is famous.

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