The five-domed Qutub Shah Mosque in Ashtagram is one of the finest attributes of Bengali architecture. In the open courtyard, the mosque still stands on the shore of a wide bay. Qutub Mosque, also known as Qutub Shah Mosque, is an antique mosque in Bangladesh that is placed in Ashtagram upazila of Kishoreganj district. During the Sultanate period, the mosque is thought to have been constructed.
The precise date of building of the Qutub Mosque is uncertain since no inscription was discovered on it at the time of its discovery. Archaeologists claim it was constructed during the Sultanate era in the 16th century, based on the architectural style and other factors. A tomb presumed to be Qutub Shah’s is situated near the mosque. Qutub Mosque, or Qutub Shah Mosque, is a mosque named after him.
This type is generally a three-domed structure. To either side of the circular dome, there is a comparatively domed dome.
However, in this mosque’s architectural pattern, a new style has been used. The four corners of a wide central dome are surrounded by four small domes. As a consequence of the above-mentioned dome configuration, the mosque’s interior has been separated into three unequal sections. The middle segment is 18 feet tall and has a 2-foot margin on both sides. The two adjacent pieces are 6 feet 18 feet in total.
The central portion of the mosque’s central dome, as well as the upper parts of the two adjoining parts, have been divided into two parts, each with its own small dome. The pendants that have been made have formed the domes. The natural curvature of the Sultanate mosques’ cornices and the cornices of Bengal’s two-story houses was much more emphasized in these mosques. The mosque is 45 feet long from north to south and 25 feet wide from east to west. Its 36 feet long and 18 feet wide on the inside. That is, the surrounding walls are approximately 5 feet thick. From north to south, the mosque is 45 feet long and 25 feet wide; from east to west, it is 45 feet long and 25 feet wide. On the inside, it’s 36 feet long and 18 feet wide. In other words, the surrounding walls are about 5 feet thick.
An ornate hollow, 28 feet long and more than a foot high, sits atop the central gateway to the east wall, with an inscribed plaque that no longer remains. Locals, like the mosque’s imam, couldn’t say what happened or why it happened.
Each arch’s spandrels have terracotta ornaments with round flowers, an admired motif of the region’s artisans. On the west wall of the mosque, there are three arches. Spiral terracotta ornaments adorn them in a lovely way. The mosque’s distinctive characteristic is a crescent-shaped terracotta pattern. This is most definitely the first such design in a Bengali mosque.
How to go:
It is preferable to ride by rail. Every morning at 8.10 a.m., we leave Egarasindu Prabhati (closed on Wednesday) for Kishoreganj. Get up to bring it on. You have to pay Rs. 110 as the travel cost.
Kuliachar is also accessible by BRTC bus from Sayedabad to Tisha and Fulbaria. Bus fare would be 200 Taka. All who want to become Bhairab will fly to Bhairab and then by CNG to Kuliachar. The CNG fare would be 40 Taka per person to rent.
To get to the launch ghat, you must disembark from Kuliachar and take a rickshaw. Every day at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 a.m., the launch departs from here and flies to Ashtagram. The fare for the launch is 100. It’ll take about three and a half hours.
After that, rent an auto for 10 Taka from Ashtagram Thana or Dakbanglo to visit the historic Qutub Shahi Mosque.
When you arrive, you can visit Rajitpur. All day long, you’ll be able to catch a BRTC AC bus. It will cost 160 Taka to ride by bus.
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