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Katra Masjid, Murshidabad

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Historic Site
TheKatra Masjid is a mosque and the tomb of Nawab Murshid Quli Khan built between 1723 and 1724. It is located in the north eastern side of the city of Murshidabad, in the Indian state of West Bengal. Its importance lies not only as a great centre of Islamic learning but also for the tomb of Murshid Quli Khan, who is buried under the entrance staircase. The most striking feature is the two large corner towers having loopholes for musketry.At present it is maintained and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and the Government of West Bengal.EtymologyClose to the mosque was a bazaar and Katra means bazaar while Masjid means mosque. So the total sums up to: Katra Masjid or Market Mosque, a mosque in a market.ConstructionMurshid Quli Khan on reaching old age, expressed his desire to construct his tomb adjacent to a mosque. He entrusted the responsibility for constructing the mosque to his trusted follower who was an architect, Murad Farash Khan.
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  • Another best attractive tourist spot is katra... better visiting time is between 2pm to 5pm to avoid sun light  more »
  • Been here while I was on tour to my offices in murshidabad district. Not very far away from the main town of berhampore. Amazing architecture. A place with tranquility and peace. Must visit in berhamp...  more »
  • One of the greatest achievements of Nawab Murshid Quli Khan, this mosque was built following the Jama Mosque of Delhi. The word Katra means market. Since this mpsque was located in market place, it wa...  more »
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  • It is the historical place where thousand history is hidden. Beside the State highways. Thousand of traveler come here every day. Very nice place.
  • Karta masjid is good ..... There is a big yard ... No need to hire a guide .... Around garden is very nice & greeny .... The wall of this masjid is very old and you can see the work nicely ....
  • Very nice place and week maintained. Don't hire a guide . They'll change you unnecessarily and provide you wrong info.
  • History of Murshidabad starts from this Mosque. Its a must visit place in Mursidabad. But lot of improvement activity required to improve tourism. The place is free to enter. You can find some handicraft shops in near the place. It is located at a distant location from Hazar Duari. You should consider visiting the place only if you have 2 days time in Murshidabad.
  • Great place....it has its historical significance where we found the his body was buried under the stairs.