Fac Simile of an Inscription in the Great Kuttra
Artist: Atkinson, James (1780-1852)
This inscription is written in Persian on the walls of the Bara (Great) Katra in Dhaka. It explains that Abu'l-Qasim Tabataba Shuja Husayni Al-Simmani erected the building and the 22 adjoining shops. The profits from these shops would to go towards the cost of repairing the Bara Katra and also provide either free shelter or a caravanserai for travellers and merchants. These conditions were not to be violated or punishment would be forthcoming on the Day of Judgement. The inscription was written in 1055 An Hegira (1645AD) by Su'd al-Din Muhammad Shirazi.
This engraving was based on a drawing by James Atkinson, which served as plate 7 in Charles D'Oyly's 'Antiquities of Dacca'.