DID YOU KNOW THAT FIRST MOSQUE OF INDIA WAS BUILT IN BHAMBORE?
Bhambore, an ancient site situated in Sindh (current Pakistan) situated at a distance of about 64 km from Karachi, so it can be said that before the partition of India and Pakistan it was the first mosque of India. Excavated around 2100 years ago, the archaeological excavation shows the influence of Hindu, Buddhist, Scytho-Parthian and early Islamic. The remains of mosque of period of arab occupation have been discovered. At the beginning of 8th century A.D the boundaries of the Muslim empire had expanded in all directions and soon reached the very limit of Sindhu valley. Then, due to some unpleasant happenings, the Arab Viceroy of eastern regions was prompted to launch a military expedition against the ruler of lower Sindhu valley named Raja Dahir, in 711 A.D. which makes it the earliest known Muslim monument in the Indian subcontinent.
THE ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES
It had a paved courtyard of 75ftx58ft (23mx18m) which was 128ftx122ft 39mx37m) in outer dimension.
- On three sides were cloisters with two rows of pillars, and on the west sanctuary side three rows with 35 pillars are discremible.
- According to the archaeological evidence the town of Banbhore was deserted in 13th century A.D.
Thus, Banbhore mosque served as a prayer place for about five centuries (from 8th to 13th century A.D).
although mosque architecture in the rest of the Muslim world had been experiencing certain architectural devices and decorative developments. It can therefore safely be remarked that Banbhore mosque speaks of native architectural techniques by which it was materialized