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Nakhoda Masjid

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Nakhoda Masjid is acknowledged as the largest Masjid in the city of Kolkata. It was built under the benefaction of a dweller of Kutch, Abdar Rahim Osman in the year 1926. The Masjid has become one of the prime tourist attractions of Kolkata, owing to its sheer size and magnificence. Around 10,000 devotees can perform their prayer, or 'Namaaz' in this splendid Masjid together. A huge amount of Rs.15 Lakhs was invested to accomplish the construction of this huge Masjid. Presently, the Masjid is administered by a board of trustees. The gateway to the Masjid resembles the Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri. For its construction, granite stones were brought from Tolepur. Inside the Nakhoda Masjid, there is a fabulous exhibition of ornaments and art.
There are two minarets and three domes in the shrine. The length of the minarets is 151 feet. Furthermore, 25 smaller minarets are these and their length varies from 100 to 117 feet. In all, there are 27 minarets in the Nakhoda Masjid shrine. The architectural pattern of the shrine is a perfect example of the blend of Indian and Saracenic architecture.

Another tourist draw is the Karbala Masjid in Manicktala, which was constructed by the Nawabs of Murshidabad.

The 13 masjids constructed by the successors of Tipu Sultan are noteworthy as well. The most popular among these masjid is the Tipu Sultan Masjid at Esplanade.

The mosque was built as an imitation of the mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Akbar at Sikandra, Agra by Kutchi Memon Jamat, a small community of Sunni Muslim community from Kutch. Abdur Rahim Osman, a leader of the Kutchi Memon Jama'at, who founded the building was a shipping prince: The mosque was named Nakhoda meaning Mariner.

There are two minarets and three domes in the shrine. The length of the minarets is 151 feet. Furthermore 25 smaller minarets as well and their length varies from 100 to 117 feet. In all, there are 27 minarets in the Nakhoda Masjid shrine. The architectural pattern of the shrine is a perfect example of the blend of Indian and Saracenic architecture.

The mosque's prayer hall has a capacity of 10,000.The masjid has three domes and two minarets which are 151 feet high. There are an additional 25 smaller minarets which range from 100 feet to 117 feet high. The gateway is an ersatz of the Buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri. For this purpose granite stones were brought from Tolepur. Inside is a superb exhibition of exquisite ornamentation and artistic extravaganzav

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Government of West Bengal

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Kolkata - 700001,
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