Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) - Remains of a historical monument, unearthed a few steps from Jam-e-Masjid in India, belong to the golden age of Mughal Empire.
Archeological Survey of India said the monument, which residents claim is the Akbarabadi Mosque demolished by the British in 1857, is definitely a 'contemporary' of the 17th century Red Fort, though whether it was a mosque or not will be known only after a detailed survey of the area.
The site in Matia Mahal, near Daryaganj, has been drawing visitors in hordes since the past three weeks after the first proofs of the historical structure - pottery and carved stones - were discovered in the area.
On Wednesday, a 10-metre wide wall was discovered a few feet under the ground. Residents claimed the wall was a part of the boundary of the main prayer enclosure, supposed to be about 85-metre wide.
ASI officials said the discovery of the site is 'indeed remarkable'.
'What we have here is a structure definitely of the time of the Red Fort. It is important due to its proximity both to the Jama Masjid and the Red Fort. The articles discovered from the site - Chinese porcelain, glaze pottery - belong to the period of the Mughals. What the structure exactly is will be known only after detailed survey,' superintending archaeologist Dr D.N. Dimri said.
But residents are confident that evidence of the structure being a mosque is present in the archives.
'We have maps clearly showing the structure of the Akbarabadi mosque in a book authored by the great scholar Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. There are illustrations of the mosque in the development plan of this area, issued by the Delhi government,' Matia Mahal MLA Shoaib Iqbal said.
Source: India Mail Online