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The old Imambara became completely destroyed between 1842 and 1846. It was completely razed to the ground by the huge fire accident on 23 December 1846. The fire was started when the the Nawabs and the Europeans were in the middle of gala party to celebrate the weaning ceremony of five-year-old Hassan Ali Mirza. The Imambara caught fire accidentally at midnight when the the fireworks were going on and it reduced the building to a mound of ashes and thrash. The fire destroyed every thing except the old Madina Mosque.
Undaunted by this mishap, Nawab Nazim Mansur
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The new Imambara, standing on the banks of the Bhagirathi river, is 680 feet long with varied width. The central block is equally long - 300 feet and has the Madina. The gap between the shores of the river and the west wall of the Imambara is narrow - may be a few feet.
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The present Imambara has three large quadrangles as follows: The central quadrangle with the Madina Mosque and the Memberdalan. The eastern quadrangle with the Naubat Khana and The western quadrangle with a two-storied Mosque that stands on the Mint Ghat.
The Memberdalan built in marble is a hall for members, just close to the Madina Mosque. It has a pulpit to recite an elegy. The hall also has a verandah and a spacious room for the women. The vat between this hall and the mosque had silver headed fountains. They would function after the singing of the elegies was over. The entrance of the Naubat Khana has a huge gate built in Imamia style. The mosque in the western quadrangle has impressive pillars and several magnificent chandeliers, most of them were gifted to the Nawabs by the East India. It has a rich marble flooring.