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On some Archæological remains in the District of Rajshahi.-By
[Read June, 1903.]
A few months ago I was so fortunate as to find in the Record-room of the Magistrate of Rājshāhi a highly interesting report on the archeological buildings of the district. Mr. J. S. Carstairs, late Magistrate and Collector of Rājshāhī, submitted in his letter, No. 86, dated the 22nd April, 1872, an account of the Jami' Masjids1 at Bagha and Kusamba to the Commissioner of the Division. This report, with its rough sketches ( a copy of which I took), is of the highest value at the present moment, as both the buildings have fallen into utter ruins. My acknowledgments are due to Saiyid Tafazzul Husain Ṣāḥib, Sirrishtadār to the Magistrate of Rājshāhī, for his finding out the report for me, and for preserving it so long from being destroyed as a wastepaper.
The paper is submitted as its author had penned it. I have only modified the spellings of certain Oriental words according to the system of transliteration adopted by the Society, and put them in angular brackets. I have divided the paper into two parts, and put Mr. Carstair's report in double inverted commas, adding a few notes of mine below each part.
The Arabic texts of the original inscriptions have been procured and carefully deciphered and translated.
"I have the honor to submit a report on the Archæological Buildings in this district visited by me during the year 1871-72.
"The first to be mentioned is the old Bagha Mosque. It is supposed to have been built in the year 930 of the Hegira [ Hijra]. It 1 The word Jāmi, (cola) does not occur in the inscription of the Kusamba Masjid. It was not constructed by a King, but during the reign of a King, by a noble
2 These sketches were too rough for publication and have been omitted.-Ed.