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.

Sloping Hills of Koti, on our way to Chail, Himachal Pradesh
Sriranga Vimana, Ranganathswamy Temple

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