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Nagore Durgha Shrine, also known as Masjid Moulana Mohammad Ally, is a shrine to a Muslim saint from southern India, particularly the Chulia people, which are Muslim merchants and moneylenders from South India's Coromandel Coast. It is similar to the Penang Nagore Shrine and was also dedicated to the Muslim Saint, Shahul Hamid Durgha. The Nagore Durgha Shrine in Singapore was built around 1828-1830, likely later than the Penang shrine. The architecture blends Classical and Indian Muslim motifs. The Nagore Durgha was built to commemorate the visit of a Muslim holy man.

Nagore Durgha Shrine, before restoration (8 July 2006)

The Nagore Durgha Shrine is located at the junction of Telok Ayer Street and Boon Tat Street. The land on which the shrine was built was donated by a man by the name of Kaderpillai in 1827, with a rather curious condition attached: that it should not to be used for a building of wood or attap. Hence, the structure was of bricks. The facade consists of two arched windows flank an arched doorway, with columns in between.At the corners are 14-tier minarets. At the time of writing, the Nagore Durgha Shrine is fenced up and awaiting a proper restoration work to be carried out on it.

At the time of my visit, the Nagore Durgha Shrine was under restoration. It has since been completely restored, and is under the care of the Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (Singapore Islamic Council).

The Nagore Durgha Shrine was gazetted a National Monument of Singapore on 29 November 1974.

Closer look at Nagore Durgha Shrine, before restoration (8 July 2006)

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