Cuttack civic body to renovate 18th century mosque
Dec 09, 2012
Source : The Times of India
 
CUTTACK: The ancient shrine of Qadam-I-Rasool is all set for a renovation by the Cuttack Municipal Corporation. The footprints of Prophet Mohammed are preserved in this mosque. Qadam-I-Rasool literally means "footprints of the Prophet." Nawab Sujauddin Mohammed had built this shrine in the 18th century. It's one of the most popular mosques in the region but years of neglect have left it crumbling. "We have sent a master plan to the state government. The Rs 1.95-crore project is likely to be financed by the government," said Saumendra Ghose, Cuttack mayor.

The renovation would include the construction of a boundary wall, a guest house, beautification of the garden, better lighting facilities and revival of the pond. Despite being a major tourist attraction, the upkeep of the place is very poor. Not much has been done by the district administration to develop the place either.

"The mosque attracts over three lakh visitors annually. But it is in a dilapidated state and crying for attention," said Sk Ahmed, a regular visitor to the mosque.

The civic body is hopeful that after the renovation, the mosque will attract more tourists. "The shrine will look beautiful after the renovation," said the local councillor.

In terms of architectural splendour, the mosque combines both Hindu and Muslim designs. Octagonal in shape, the dome of the mosque is crowned by a golden pinnacle. The interiors boast of some spectacular paintings and floral motifs. At the centre is the holy relic on a circular stone.

 

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