Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Safa Shshouri Mosque - Ponda

As one moves from Ponda city on NH4 and heads towards farmagudi ( near the new ponda bus stand ) one comes upon one of the two Islamic Shrines which were not destroyed or plundered during the Portuguese rule.  The Safa Shshouri Masjid was built by the Ruler of Bijapur Ibrahim Adil Shah I in 1560. It is believed to be one of the 27 mosques that the Adil Shah built in Ponda.

ASafa Shshouri Mosque - Ponda from NH4
It is a small single chambered mosque with tiled roof. A masonry colonnade adorns the outer boundary of the mosque platform surmounted by finials. Over years some of the columns have gone missing. South of the mosque is a water tank with multiple chambers of Mihrab designs - semi circular niche for prayers.

Centuries ago the mosque was at teh center of an extensive complex of fountains and gardens which are no longer there. People even to this date belive that there are hidden passages in teh walls of the tank which connect to a nearby water reservoir. The festivals of Id-Ul-Fitr and Id-Ul-Zuha  are celebrated every year here.