Pathar Masjid’s stone walls withstand fire but wooden pulpit, almirah damaged – Kashmir Reader
Srinagar: The interior of the historic Pathar Masjid was partially damaged after a fire broke out in the mosque between Thursday and Friday. However, the mosque itself was saved by its stone structure.
The pulpit and wooden almirah of the Pathar Masjid in the Nawab Bazar area of Srinagar city were damaged by the fire, but the stone walls were not damaged.
“The fire started at 1am at night. There was no major damage to the mosque, except for the pulpit and the wooden almirah that housed a transformer and battery along with the masjid’s microphone. The fire occurred as a result of a short circuit, ”said Bashir Ah Shah, assistant director of the fire and rescue service.
He added that the mosque was built of stone and the fire did not affect the structure of the mosque. With the help of fire tenders, the fire was quickly brought under control, Shah said.
Pathar Masjid, also known as Neav Masheed, is a Mughal mosque built by Empress Nur Jahan, wife of Emperor Jehangir. The mosque is on the left bank of the Jhelum River and is on the right bank across from Khanqah-e-Moula.
The mosque is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India. Its architectural importance results primarily from its stone structure. The mosque is also important for being built by a woman.
“There wasn’t a big fire. It took us 10 to 15 minutes to put out the flames emanating from the wooden almirah and the pulpit in the mosque, ”said Shah.