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Bangladesh Pictures - Bagerhat and Dinajpur: the Sixty Dome Mosque (Historic Shat Gombuj Mosque) and Kodla Math in the Bagerhat district and Kantaji Temple in the Dinajpur district. 

Sixty Dome Mosque (Shat Gombuj Mosque), Bagerhat, Bangladesh
Sixty Dome Mosque (Shat Gombuj Mosque), Bagerhat, Bangladesh - World heritage site.                       

With more than 50 monuments, Bagerhat has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The city is located near to the sea port Mongla (Bay of Bengal) in south-west Bangladesh. 


The Shat Gombuj  (or Shat Gambuj) Mosque, also known as the
Sixty Dome Mosque, is the most famous attraction of the city.

 

The Sixty Dome Mosque is the largest of the Sultanate mosques in Bangladesh and one of the most impressive Muslim monuments in the whole Indian subcontinent. It was founded by Turkish Muslim Ulugh Khan Jahan in the early 15th century. It is one of the oldest Mosques in Bangladesh.

 

Literally the term “Shat Gombuj” means sixty domes, but in reality the mosque has eighty-one domes in total - seventy-seven over the roof and four smaller ones over the four corner towers. The beautiful work of terracotta as well as the artistic pillars and domes of the mosque attract huge amount of tourists each year.There is a museum near the mosque.


Khan Jahan Ali’s tomb is one of the other attractions of Bagerhat. Khan Jahan Ali is the founder of the city.


Kodla Math, in Bagerhat, Bangladesh.
Kodla Math, in Bagerhat, Bangladesh.                                                                                           

The Kodla Math (Math means
Temple) is located on the east bank of the Bhairab River in the village of Kodla about 10 km from Bagerhat. Kodla Math, also known as Ayudha math, is an ancient old Hindu temple: it was built in the 17th century.

 

Brickworks and ornemental decoration are the main attraction of the temple. It is a remarkable example of the Sikhara style while there are two others, the Mathurapur Deul in Faridpur and Sarkar's Math in Mahilara in Bakerganj, which date also from the 17th century.

Terracotta Bas relief, Kantaji's Temple in Dinajpur, Bangladesh
Terracotta Bas relief, Kantaji's Temple in the Dinajpur district, Bangladesh.                                              

Kantaji Temple (also known as Kantanagar Temple) is a brick temple that was built in 1752 . It is located about 12 miles north of Dinajpur town. This Hindu temple was built in a nava-ratna (nine-spired) style, but the nine ornamental towers (a tower at each corner of the first and second floors and  a central one over the third floor) were destroyed in an earthquake in 1897. 

 

It is a great example of Terracotta art in Bangladesh. The whole wall surface of the temple, from the base to the top of its three storeys, exhibits an amazing profusion of figured and floral art. The astonishing profusion and the beauty of the friezes have seldom been surpassed by any mural art of its kind in Bengal. 

 


Kantaji Temple in Dinajpur, Bangladesh
Kantaji Temple in Dinajpur district, Bangladesh.                                                                                     © Subarashi Tours


 

Links

Sixty Dome Mosque in Bagerhat
comprehensive guide to the shat gombuj mosque, i. e. the sixty dome mosque, in bagerhat, from banglapedia (the national encyclopedia of bangladesh).
Kantaji Temple, near Dinajpur
comprehensive guide to the kantaji (kantanagar) temple near dinajpur, from banglapedia (the national encyclopedia of bangladesh).

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Bangladesh Pictures: Sixty Dome Mosque (Historic Shat Gombuj Mosque), Bagerhat Kodla moth, and Kantaji Temple, images from Bangladesh and travel guide to Bangladesh.