Shahi Edgah (Royal Field for Eid prayers) – Tourism Info

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Shahi Edgah (Royal Field for Eid prayers)

The Shahi Edgah of Sylhet is one of the spectacular Edgahs of Bangladesh. This picturesque and artistically beautiful Edgah has its historic importance. Its location is on a small mound not far away from the old court house. During the reign of the Mughal emperor Aurangazeb, Farhad Khan, commander of forces of that area, built it. This Edgah is laid with matchless artistic design and is decorated with 15 domes. On all sides of the boundary walls, there are 10 gates big and small. There is a big pond in front of the Edgah for performing ablution. Many political personalities such as Moulana Mohmmed Ali, Moulana Shawkat Ali, Mahatma Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and many others delivered their speeches on the maidan of Shahi Edgah. In 1782 two brothers Sayed Mohammad Hadi and Sayed Mohammad Mehedi led uprising against English soldiers. In the face-to-face fight with the English soldiers, the two brothers were killed. Besides the Shahi Edgah Mosque on the north, there are forest officer bungalow, Bangladesh Television Sylhet Centre on the south and the Sylhet Meteorological office on the east. Every year in Eid-ul Fitr and Eid-ul Azha about one hundred and fifty thousand Muslims can say their prayers together.

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