Mahabat Khan Kamboh Mosque


Mahabat Khan Kamboh Mosque

The Mahabat Khan Mosque (Urdu, Pashto: ????? ??? ????) is a 17th-century mosque in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is named after the Mughal governor of Peshawar Nawab Mahabat Khan Kamboh who served under Emperors Shah Jehan and Aurangzeb.  Nawab Mahabat Khan Kamboh was the grandson of Nawab Dadan Khan Kamboh (a former governor of Lahore). The name of the Masjid and the governor who built is often mispronounced as 'Muhabbat Khan' ('Love Khan') by the public majority instead of the correct pronunciation 'Mahabat Khan' ('Awe-inspiring Khan'). The Mosque was built in 1630. Its open courtyard has a centrally-located ablution pool and a single row of rooms lining the exterior walls. The prayer hall, flanked by two tall minarets, occupies the west side. According to the turn-of-the-century Gazetteer for Pakhtunkhwa, the minarets were frequently used in Sikh times ‘as a substitute for the gallows’. [caption id="attachment_1337" align="aligncenter" width="550"]Mahabat Khan Kamboh Mosque, Peshawar Mahabat Khan Kamboh Mosque, Peshawar[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1335" align="alignnone" width="220"]Mahabat Khan Mosque at night Mahabat Khan Mosque at night[/caption]   The interior of the prayer hall is sheltered beneath three low, fluted domes and is eloquently painted with floral and geometric designs.

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Deepak Kamboj started and conceptualized the powerful interactive platform - KambojSociety.com in September 2002, which today is the biggest and most popular online community portal for Kambojas in the world. He was inspired by the social and community work carried out by his father Shri Nanak Chand Kamboj. He has done research on the history, social aspects, political growth and economical situation of the Kamboj community. Deepak Kamboj is an author of various articles about the history of Kamboj community and people.