(Last Updated on : 04-04-2015)
North Goa is one of the two districts that make up the Goa state of India
. The mosques in North Goa
represent the idea of unity in diversity so very eloquently. The mosques of North Goa have been designed in the typical Muslim style complete with the dome and the towers around the mosques
. The mosques of North Goa are as follows-
This mosque is situated at 26 kms away from Margao
at Sanguem. This is built in the last century whereas this Jama Masjid
was completely renovated in 1959. The new structure is remarkable for its harmonious proportions and elegant simplicity. It has four towers whilst two elegant towers surmounted by pillared kiosks flank the entrance. A dome shaped stand rises in the centre of the towers. Festivals are celebrated here with due solemnity by the rejoicing devotees and every year they celebrate it with great joy.
In 1560 Ibrahim Adilshah of Bijapur
built the Shahouri Masjid in Ponda
Taluka, which is the biggest and most famous of the Mosques. Adjacent to the Mosque, there is a well-constructed masonry tank with small chambers with 'meharab' designs. The Mosque and the tank were formerly surrounded by an extensive garden with many fountains. The two major festivals Id-Ul-Fitr
are celebrated at this mosque with great pomp and are attended by a large number of people every year.
Aga Khan Jamatkhana
Aga Khan Jamatkhana is another mosque in North Goa. This mosque is situated near Azad Maidan. It is founded especially for the Ismalia sect of Shia Muslims.
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