This six-domed mosque is locally considered to be
contemporary with Khan Jahan Ali style mosques of Khalifatabad and located at
Khalifatabad, present day Bagerhat. Presently, the mosque is in a ruin
condition and a temporary mosque has been constructed on the site. It can be assumed from the ruins that it
was a multi-domed mosque from the late-fifteenth century.
The mosque is a Sultanate mosque; a rectangular structure
crowned with six domes. The mosque is situated on the bank of a local pond,
approximately 200' north-west of Zinda Peer Mosque.
The mosque was a rectangle of 54'2" x 41'2" externally
while internally it had a rectangular plan of 39'10" x 26'2". The
structure was a single chamber, internally divided into six equal grids roofed
over by six hemispherical domes. The eastern façade had three framed arched
openings to the prayer hall. The northern and southern façades had two framed
arched openings to the prayer hall. There were three mihrabs, each aligned with
the three entrances at east and the central portion of the qibla wall is
projected westward. Stylistically this kind is known as Khan Jahan Ali
architecture, commonly found in and around south-western part of Bangladesh.
The square structure was buttressed by four corner octagonal
turrets. Exterior façades are of plain brick texture with framed arched
opening. The central entrance was larger than the side ones which were slightly
narrower and dwarfish. Both north and south facades had two arched openings. The
mosque was enclosed with massive brick walls while the interior was supported
by two stone columns. The western wall had three
terracotta multi cusped arched mihrabs on the interior with the central one
projected on the exterior.
The mosque was partly restored and repaired by the Department of Archaeology, Bangladesh, and is now a protected monument.
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