Pagla Mosque gets Tk 3.89cr donations in 110 days02 October 2022
Madrasah students count the banknotes found in charity boxes of Pagla Mosque in Kishoreganj on Saturday as the historic Mosque received over Tk 3.60 crore from generous donations by the devotees. NN photo
The eight charity boxes at Pagla Mosque in Kishoreganj received donations amounting to Tk 3.89 crore in the 110 days before they were reopened on Saturday.
Foreign currencies and gold jewellery were also found in the charity boxes.
The ancient mosque situated by the bank of Narasunda River in the Gaital neighbourhood of Kishoreganj's Sadar Upazila has been standing for over 254 years.
The boxes were reopened on Saturday at about 9:00 am in the presence of the district administration officials.
Deputy Commissioner of Kishoreganj district Md. Shamim Alam told The New Nation that the mosque received Tk 3.89 crore along with gold jewellery and foreign currency.
Earlier on March, over Tk 3.78 crore was found after opening the charity boxes.
The Pagla Mosque is situated on four acres of land at the west end of the Kishoreganj district. Legendary tales are associated with the founding of this mosque.
Many devotees are drawn to the mosque from across the country, inspired by those tales and their personal beliefs. Their donations are deposited into those eight boxes.
Usually, the boxes are opened every three months in the presence of administrative officers and mosque administration committee members, who count and deposit the money into a bank.
Other offerings, such as poultry and domestic animals, are auctioned once a week.
Mahmud Parvez, General Secretary of Pagla Mosque Management Committee and Mayor of Kishoreganj Municipality said, "The money received from devotees have been kept at the Rupali Bank's Kishoreganj corporate branch, while gold jewellery has been kept in a safe vault along with the previous donations of jewellery. The value of total money and jewellery received from donations are yet to be calculated."