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Within the fort complex lies a beautiful mosque that was built in 1750 Nawab Chanda Sahib. Chanda Sahib (died 12 June 1752) was the Dewan of the Carnatic and later Nawab of the Carnatic between 1749 and 1752. His birth name is Husayn Dost Khan.
Son-in-law of the Nawab of Carnatic Dost Ali Khan Chanda Sahib, an ally of the French, annexed the Madurai Nayak kingdom and declared as the Nawab of Tanjore. However, the Marathas did not allow him to settle. Later he was defeated by Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah and by the British forces led by Robert Clive. Subsequently, he was assasinated by the Maratha army.
The mosque is being managed by the ASI and is a protected monument made of granite stones on all three sides with lime mortar. It is called Nawab Chanda Sahib Mosque and is roughly 1.1/2 km from Vellore railway station.
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Presently, the mosque is not used for worship and the gates of the mosque remain closed. Rectangular in shape, in the front part one could see plastering done with lime and bricks. This Indo-Saracenic
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Since the British rule, no Namaz has been done as of to day as the mosque is under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The permission to offer prayers in the mosque is a long pending demand of the local Muslim community. The mosque, along with the Jalagandeswar temple were closed for the public to offer prayers. In 1981, the temple was opened for prayer due to strong public demand. Now, Muslims in the locality are demanding that they may be allowed to offer Namaz at the mosque. Despite the fact a large section of Muslims want the mosque to be open for prayer, some are against it and they petitioned the Collector not to open the mosque for worship as it would cause some unnecessary issues. The Namaz issue is pending before the ASI which is a central government organization.