Mosque In Dannaik’s Enclosure

Mosque In Dannaik’s Enclosure

BRIEF HISTORY:It is located on the south-eastern quarter of the Dannayaka’s Enclosure and popularly known as ‘mosque’. It is a large pillared hall with 9 bays, closed on three sides but open to north. Original mouldings of the stone plinth are exposed due to the weathering of plaster on its surface. The building has four huge recessed arches springing from massive square pier. The ceiling consists of nine large inverted lotus domes arranged symmetrically.

The two walls which project beyond the structure in the front have arches which seem to be remnants of an older wall which enclosed an open courtyard. The exterior of the structure is plain and its stone brackets suggest heavy eaves. This building does not appear to have been a mosque, as it faces north like most of the other palace-buildings and its ornamental motifs are essentially Hindu in character, making it more a secular structure.