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Archaeological Survey of India, Ranchi Circle is newly created of A.S.I. which have been bifurcated from Patna Circle in 2003. Before creation of Ranchi Circle, it was a Sub-Circle under Patna Circle and the office of Conservation Assistant was estabilished at H.I. - 31, Harmu Housing Colony, Harmu, Ranchi.


    Jami Mosque, dist. - Sahebganj

The Jami Mosque (Lat.  250 0429’’  N., Long. - 870 4646’’ E.) is located about 32 km from the district headquarter Sahebganj and about 480 km from Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand. Jami Mosque was built in the last quarter of the 16th century AD. by Raja Mansingh, the Governor of Emperor Akbar. It is situated on a high land known as “Hadaf" which is an Arabic term that means the target of Archery butts. Hadaf was part of Rajmahal township where the capital was shifted in 1592 AD. from Gaur due to the change of course of the river Ganges and further the population being decimated by some epidemic in 1575 AD.

The Mosque, locally called as Jami Masjid is consisted of a large prayer hall to the west, a spacious courtyard  enclosed by a high compound wall with arched recesses on its inner-side, and it has three gateways on the north, south and east, the last being is the main entrance with a porch in its front. Originally, the entire buildings measured 76.20 mt. x 64.00 mt. but at present we have left with its southern portion measuring 27.43 mt x 13.71 mt as the northern portion has been collapsed. The prayer chamber of the mosque consisted of a large central hall that looks two storied from outside because of the effect produced by large windows and the continuous parapet below it. The western wall of the prayer chamber consists of several niches with some floral designs picked out in stucco. The architectural features of the mosque are so impressive that a scholar describes it to be a building of ...... ‘vastly more taste and far surpasses any of the buildings in Gaur.........' i.e. present day Bengal.

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