Tin Gombuj Mosque - Jhalokati’s 500yrs-old tradition
Published: 11:32 AM, 8 January 2021
Jhalokati’s Mia Bari Tin Gombuj Mosque
The Tin Gombuj (Three Dome) Mia Bari Jame Mosque still stands as a 500-year-old tradition in Jhalokati. To the locals - it is known as the Mia Bari Tin Gombuj Mosque.
It is heard that Sheikh Abdul Majid, a friend of Shah Shuja who was the Subedar of Bengal and son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, settled in the village of Varukathi in Gavaramchandrapur UP of the Jhalokati Sadar Upazila and founded the mosque. The walls of the mosque are 42 inches thick. There is a huge lake with a ghat in front of the Tin Gombuj Mosque.
The memories of Sher-e-Bangla Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque, the Chief Minister of undivided Bengal, was involved with this lake and mosque. His close relatives were lived in the Mia Bari, as per that, AK Fazlul Haque used to bathe in the lake and perform prayers in the mosque.
Speaking to locals, it is learned that the immaculately beautiful Mia Bari Jame Mosque is one of the attractions of the ancient architectural style of Varukathi village. The village elders believe that it was built in 1600 AD.
The two-storey Mughal period artwork is adorned with three big entries. The five minarets are also decorated with aesthetic designs around the domes. The middle of the three domes is the largest. It also has artwork inside.
Veteran Nesar Uddin Ahmed Jahangir Mia of Varukathi village said, “No one can say the exact time of the construction of this mosque now. However, I have heard from my ancestors that the mosque is about 500 years old. The mosque and the lake were built at the same time.”
Many of Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque’s memories are in the ghats of this mosque and lake, he further said.