Alexa Golakata Mosque: Where tenants were beheaded

Dhaka, Saturday   23 November 2019


Golakata Mosque: Where tenants were beheaded

 Raju Ahmed, Sabjal Hossain

 Published: 10:52 PM, 13 October 2019  

Photo: DailyBangladesh

Photo: DailyBangladesh

In the Barabazar area of Jhenaidah's Kaliganj, there are 19 mosques of the Sultanate period, which were covered under ground. Golakata mosque is one of them, which is 21 feet long and 18 feet wide, and was excavated in 1992-1993.

It is reported that there was an oppressive ruler at Barabazar. He beheaded his people and threw them a dighi (big pond) in front of the mosque. That is why its name is Golakata mosque. However, there is no historical base on it.

The mosque is about one kilometer west of the Barabazar town. The mosque containing six domes has two touchstone minarets inside. A handwritten Quran Sharif and a sword were found. Which is stored inside the mosque during the excavation.

Alamgir Hossain, one of the members of the movement for the ancient archeological establishment preservation of Barabazar said many mosques in the area like the Golakata Mosque were buried under the ground for a long time. Once it was high mound having huge jangle

He said that after the excavation of the mound found some inscriptions that show the mosque were built under the Sultanate period. The ancient kings once lived in this town.

Sanjit Kumar a member of the ancient archeological preservation movement of Barabazar said, they heard many stories from the elderly, rocking many cutthroat horses beside the mosque. So people have named it Golakata Mosque.That name still exists.

Abdul Khaleq, an elderly man who comes to pray at the mosque every day said, people, come from far and wide every day to see the mosque built during the Sultanate period. He sought the intervention of the concerned office for proper preservation of the artifacts of the Golakata Mosque.