“Let mercy be your mosque, faith your prayer-mat, and honest-living your Koran”. Divinity in this profound and timeless axiom from Guru Granth Sahib reflects the truth about the famous mosques in the north-eastern states in India. The abodes of faith depict the stories of devotion, secularism, and efforts to uphold the values of Islam that have withstood decadence for centuries. The oldest among the surviving mosques stir up souls with anecdotes from past. Visitors to these places are taken aback as they delve in to legends of the mosques. Yet, the irresistible attraction in the architectural pattern of these holy places keeps the visitors engrossed in a unique ride of antiquity as well as modernity. Delivering message about the depth in significance of its religion, the holy places teach unique tales of struggles in time, love and perseverance to raise the timeless monuments. Over the years, the mosques have become attractive tourists’ destinations with increasing turnouts to view the marvels of time.
Panbari Mosque, Assam
Considered as the oldest mosque in the entire north-east, Panbari mosque is also familiar as Rangmati mosque. Located at a distance of 25 kilometers towards Dhubri Town, Panbari and Rangamati are the places near National Highway 31. The three-domed mosque was constructed during 15 or 16th century. Being the signature of splendid architectural design, the mosque is the true achievement of the then Sultanate of Bengal. Believed to be constructed by Alauddin Husain Shah during the periods between 1493 and 1549 AD.The Sultan had declared to initiate the construction of this mosque to commemorate his victory over this area. There exists another contradicting version that the mosque only came up in the year 1662 when Subedar Mir Jhumla undertook the construction under the patronage of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. The mosque stands amid the luscious flora with exquisite interiors. On the special occasions like Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha, it goes through hectic fervor of festivities as people from India and abroad throngs it on these auspicious occasions. The mosque with its vast courtyard and impressive minaret offers space to 150 people to pray at a time.
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Madina Mosque, Shillong, Meghalaya
Madina mosque is the rare architectural marvel in India as it has an striking and glittering structure of glass. With its 121 feet height and 61 feet width, this surprises one and all for being the only Green mosque after the blue mosque of Istanbul. The four storied structure of the religious place also has an orphanage, a library, and an Islamic theological institute. The mosque and the adjoining Idgah could offer space for 8000 people for an assembly or prayer. Interestingly, highest number of people, who contributed to the construction of mosque, was Hindus. The Mosque also has a large garden with several plants. Over the years, it has acquired increasing significance in the world as a center for Islamic study and spiritual center.
Gedu Mia mosque, Tripura
In the religious statehood of Tripura, Gedu Mia mosque is not only an architectural wonder but story of dedication and perseverance of a Mahut or elephant driver. Situated in Shibanagar area of Tripura, the mosque is the testimonial of rare self-sacrifice and efforts of a person-Gedu Mia. Starting his life as a ‘Mahut’ or elephant driver, later he became a worker in the garage and driver. His luck began bestowing unusual favor on him as he bagged the contract from princely ruler and king of Tripura-Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya- to construct an airport in Narsingh area in the north-east of Agartala town in 1942. He spent a part of his large profit to construct the mosque that has a number of impressive minarets, towers with remarkable art works on the doors. Built fully of imported white marble stones, this unique architectural marvel surprises one and all, who visit in large number to offer prayer.
Jama Mosque, Imphal, Manipur
The holy capital city of Manipur, Imphal, has the presence of various well-constructed and architecturally magnificent mosques. Jama mosque stands as one of the main tourists’ destinations of Imphal in Manipur. Situated on the bank of Nambul River, the mosque has the most majestic existence inside the market of Imphal. It invites the attention of one and all with the grandeur of its construction and magnificent domes. The mosque could house a large gathering for daily prayer.
Hatta Mosque, Imphal, Manipur
If anything attracts everyone’s attention with its grand architectural pattern, Hatta mosque is the one in Imphal. The rare but catchy architectural design coupled with exquisite interiors draw highest number of spiritual seekers from every corner of the world. The imposing mosque could accommodate a large congregation in its daily prayer session. Religious vehemence and cheerfulness mark the occasion, when Muslim population in Manipur celebrates Eid-Ul-Fitr.
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Tezu Jama Mosque, Arunachal Pradesh
The idyllic place, Tezu, comes in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh. The small township is familiar for the religious milieu with its temple, church, mosque, and monastery. But the beautiful town is a tourist attraction in Arunachal Pradesh. With its rivers and valleys, the small place is literally a paradise for the visitors. Tezu Jama Masjid is an attractive place for everybody because of its grandeur in architecture. Located in the main town of Tezu, the mosque is frequented by hundreds of people every day for everyday prayer session.