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Dewatagaha Mosque

Colombo, Sri Lanka.
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Dewatagaha Mosque in Lipton’s Circus, Colombo, has become a byword in every Muslim home, and no Muslim passes the shrine of the saint without paying his respects.
The 150-year-old shrine is the resting-place of the Muslim saint, His Holiness Seyedina as-Sheikh Usman Siddique Ibn Ahdurrahman, who visited Ceylon from Arafat, Arabia and visited Adam’s Peak and Dafter Jailani shrine at Balangoda, and later resided in what was later known as Cinnamon Gardens.
The architecture of the Dewatagaha Mosque is similar to the mosques at Galle and Beruwela as they all belong to the same period in time. Most of the murals on the walls contain the aspect of future events in one’s life.
The extravagant, stylish calligraphy is one of the most eye catching sights associated with geometric Islamic art on the walls and ceilings of mosques. Contemporary artists in the Islamic world draw on the heritage of calligraphy to use calligraphic inscriptions or abstractions in their work.
The calligraphy for a Muslim is mainly a visible expression of spiritual concepts and it provides a link between the languages of the Muslims with the religion of Islam. The Dewatagaha Mosque is noted for its calligraphy.
The Ministry of Cultural Affairs has declared Dewatagaha Mosque as a National Archaeological site.
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