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Mihrab or prayer niche in the ruined mosque of Pir Mullah Ataudin, Devikot

Mihrab or prayer niche in the ruined mosque of Pir Mullah Ataudin, Devikot

Photographer: Ravenshaw, John Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/33(3341)

Item number: 1000333341

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a prayer niche in the ruined mosque of Pir Mullah Ataudin at Devikot, in Bangladesh, taken by John Henry Ravenshaw in c.1871. Mihrabs are prayer niches set into the 'qibla' wall of the mosque, which is aligned towards Mecca and indicates the prayer direction to the congregation. In India this would be towards the west. Ravenshaw took four views of this mosque, which forms part of a larger shrine complex including a tomb and its accompanying ghat. He mentions in his 'Descriptive note of the photographs of ancient architectural remains in Kantonugger and Bannugger', published in the Bengal public proceedings no. 26 of October 1871, that the site had been described in Martin's 'India'.

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