@It used to be the capital of Malwa region under the Paramara Dynasty. After the conquest by Ala ad-Din (1296-1316) of the Khalji Dynasty in Delhi, Islam power spread to Dhar. The Daragiri fort which was reconstructed in 1344 by Muhammad bin Tughluq is situated about 3 km from the town center. In 1387, Dilawar Khan Ghori was appointed as the ruler but he named himself sultan in 1400 and moved the capital to Mandu. The current Dhar extends its new town centre on the east side. At the centre of Dhar, Kamal Maula Masjid, and at the south east end, Lat-ki Masjid remains. Both were converted from the architecture of the Paramara Dynasty. (Naoko Fukami)


1.LAT -KI MASJID (1404)

2.KAMAL MAULA MASJID (The first half of 15th C.)



d @Its common name "lat" is said to come from either "lat" (old) or "lath" (Pillar). It is called "Lat Masjid" as well. With the former word, it can mean "old mosque", and with the latter it may mean "mosque with pillars", as multiple pillars are significant in the west prayer room and in corridors. However, in general, it is a more convincing theory that the name comes from a monument for victory that Raja Bhoja of the Paramara Dynasty built nearby. (Matsuo Ara)
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Viewing the courtyard from
the southwest.

Left;north gate @@Right;east gate


g債Ă݂ @This mosque was very similar to Dilawar Khan and Malik Mughith of Mandu. Both these mosque and Lat-ki Masjid seem to have been built in the early 15th century. They have similarity in structure and style. Also, there are similarities with a mosque from the Sultanate period remaining in Delhi. The common name of this mosque "Kamal Maula" seems to come from a tomb of a Muslim saint Maulanah Kamal al-Din. (Matsuo Ara)
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@Viewing the prayer room
from the east.


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