Constructed between 1723 and 1724 is a mosque in West Bengal known as Katra Masjid. This mosque comprising of the tomb of Nawab Murshid Quli Khan is situated in the Murshidabad district. Apart from being a mosque it is also considered to be an important centre for Islamic studies. In addition, this masjid/mosque is known for two large towers located in the corner. Furthermore, this beautiful mosque is currently managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.
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a. Best time to visit the Katra Masjid
The best time to visit this temple is from October to February during the winter when the climate is extremely pleasant with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 23 degree Celsius to a minimum of 12 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Katra Masjid
Katra Masjid Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this masjid is in a town called Murshidabad. The Murshidabad Railway Station is well connected to major cities in the country such as New Delhi, Bangalore, Mysore, Lucknow, Siliguri etc.
2. By road:
If you intend to drive to this masjid then the ideal starting points would be Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Patna, and Kolkata.
- Via Bhubaneswar:
There is one route from Bhubaneswar to the masjid, and it is via NH16.
- Via Cuttack:
There is one route from Cuttack to the masjid, and it is via NH16.
- Via Puri:
There are two routes from Puri to this masjid, and they are via NH16 and via NH16 and NH14.
- Via Patna:
There are two routes from Patna to this masjid, and they are via Dumka-Rampurhat Road and via NH19.
- Via Kolkata:
There is one route from Kolkata to this masjid, and they are via Grand Trunk Road and SH7.
3. By air:
The nearest airport to this Imambara is located in Kolkata. The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Katra Masjid
Murshid Quli Khan also called Mohammad Hadi, the first Nawab of Bengal expressed his desire of having his tomb constructed along a mosque when he does eventually die. So it was with this wish of the Nawab in mind that an architect (as well as a follower of the Nawab) known as Murad Farash Khan help build this mosque/masjid called Katra. Apparently, this mosque is so huge that it can accommodate about 700 Quran readers.