Zeenat ki Masjid

This mosque was situated towards north of 'Naqqar Khana'. This structure was built by some Zeenat Begum, a devotee of Imam Ali ibn Abu Talib (as).  The structure was made of bricks. It contained three compartments each entered by an arched doorway and covered by a dome. Central Arch was 7' BY 4.5''.  The prayer chamber measured 25'3'' by 13' and the courtyard of the mosque was 45' by 38'. A 'Baoli' was also built at the south of the mosque.  However the mosque was in dilapidated condition and completely demolished during the 'emergency of India' in 1975 A.D. (1395 A.H.)  Baoli was also in ruined state, contained no water. It was filled with the wreckage and debris of the mosque. Presently courtyard of the mosque is partially illegally encroached by the residents. A coal depot is also running at this place.

Zeenat Begum had resided near this mosque and spent all her life as 'khadima' of Shah-E-Mardan. Upon her death she was buried near the mosque.




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