Motichur Mosque, Rajnagar, Birbhum

Motichur Mosque History

 To north of Hetampur Town in Birbhum district is Rajnagar. Rajnagar was ruled by a series of Pathans from 17th century. Their names: Jonad Khan (1600) – son, Bahadur Khan, alias Ranmast Khan – Asadullah Khan (1697-1718), grandson of Bahadur Khan – his son, Badi-uz-zaman Khan (1718–52) – his son, Asad-uz-Zaman Khan (1752-1777).
Motichur Mosque Birbhum map

They were invested with the title ‘Raja’. The last Raja was faithful to the Nawab and after the Battle of Plassey, was on bad terms with the British. He was defeated by the combined forces of the British and Mir Qasim in 1761. Rajnagar soon reduced to a deserted town with dilapidated palaces, mosques and ruins of habitation.

(Sorry for this boring history lesson. I just wished to explain what took me there. I was keen to see the palace and mosque.)

Motichur Mosque in Birbhum West Bengal
Interiors of Motichur Masjid
Motichur Masjid in Birbhum

Motichur Mosque Ruins

There we saw ruins of an old mosque called the Motichur Masjid (mosque). It had 12 towers but some have fallen down. As we walked in, we realized the roof is missing. Just the walls and some terracotta work on them. The floor area was strewn with rubbish, plastics, dry leaves and what not. Hard to believe prayers were offered in the same area some day.



Palace of Muslim Raja

The former palace of Muslim Raja we saw there was in ruins, we stared at it in disbelief. Was it a palace some day in the past! Nearby there is one more mosque which is preserved well and prayers are offered. Felt good to hear that, the interiors inaccessible to us.

The Kalidaha pond. The island seen in the middle of the pond is believed to be connected with the palace through an underground tunnel. Sheer neglect! I was terribly disappointed seeing the palace; I had gone there with high hopes.

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38 Responses

  1. eileeninmd says:

    Hello Indrani, it is neat to visit and learn the history of these historical place. The Mosque and the Palace at one time must have been stunning. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    sad about the damage and the debris.

  3. Sylvia K says:

    I love the history you include in your posts, Indrani, That is what makes them all the more interesting!! Thanks for sharing it all!! Hope you have a great week!

  4. So sorry you were disappointed. Actually, I think it's still fascinating in spite of the fact that it's in ruins. India has such along and interesting history.

  5. Carver says:

    I enjoy learning about the history and I think you took some great shots. I find beauty in places that are in various states of disrepair but I know it's hard to see the neglect when so much work and artistry went into it.

  6. Thanks for sharing this informative post dear…

  7. mick says:

    Great photos and very sad to see such interesting buildings left in ruins.

  8. ladyfi says:

    What lovely shots – but sad to see so many ruins. That door is gorgeous.

  9. the red sandstone is really nice in architecture.

  10. It is nice to visit these places of historical interest – but sad to see the poor state of maintenance and crumbling ruins.

  11. I'm sad that this beautiful and monumental place look so poor. Thank you for sharing

  12. PeeVee™ says:

    The rubbish around the place dissapoints 🙁

  13. Fun60 says:

    How sad to see a country's heritage being eroded away.

  14. I hope that one day these wonderful heritage building will be saved.A pity that people have no respect and litter these places…

  15. Nice place!!! People should keep it clean..

  16. Nice mosque. Thanks for sharing this.

  17. Al says:

    What a heritage, and a shame to see it wasted. But you got some nice photos of it.

  18. Your travel tales are always enlightening, Indrani.
    Get to learn new things about new places every single time!
    I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award here –
    Do have a look! 🙂

  19. Ananya Pal says:

    Very nice, the heritage site in West Bengal are grossly neglected. So much of glorious past lies buried under the ruins.

  20. Such an hauntingly beautiful place! Amazing stills there.

  21. Pallavi says:

    Such a historical monument . Sad to see the debris and rubbish . These heritage buildings should be looked after by the government .. I am sure it must have been splendid during its time. I liked the history behind it too.

  22. It is amazing…heritage sites should be preserved.
    Thanks for the history lesson.:)

  23. Indrani, Nice to walk down a lane of History:)

  24. It hurts when you see them in ruins, think about the past and you feel the pride of all that place would have been. Glad that it still stands and wish that the ASI instead of gold hunts and wild goose hunts would actually do something worthwhile for such building which do have a lot of historical value.

  25. Wow! The terracota in a mosque too. I wonder the why to could be motichur, reminds me of the laddus.

  26. Informative post, Indrani. Great clicks.
    It's always sad to see how magnificent structures turn into ruins.

  27. Onkar says:

    Your pictures tell the story of gross neglect. Good account.

  28. Nice snap

  29. Sometimes I really feel saddened by such horrible state of Heritage sites….and as usual great pics

  30. And you didn't bore us with the history,I know some of the places in India needs to be revamped,they are kept in such pathetic state that one feels sorry

  31. Soham Roy says:

    The pictures are nice..but look at the garbage all around…We Indians are yet to appreciate the true significance of these heritage spots…

  32. nice place to visit !

  33. in this case I can understand your dissappoinment. So sad!

  34. History is neglected by our people 🙁 It would have been an amazing place!

  35. When do some people know the value of the precious past!?

  36. It is still interesting to see.

  37. Indrani, I would like to thank you for your lovely photographs, and travel journal.

    Asad Uz Zaman khan is my direct ancestor (my grandfather's grandfather.) and I never thought I would get to see what my ancestral home had looked like. I have only heard stories about it from my father who visited it when he was young. It is sad to see that it is in such disarray, but I am so grateful that I got to see what it looked like. Thank you so much.

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