The DNF website team has compiled 135 photographs of the Begumbazar Family Graveyard located at K.M.Azam Lane. All labeled graves have been photographed by K.M.Yusuf. Graves without tombstone or epigraph are not a part of this series. Click the link below to view the largest collection of pictures from the family graveyard.
Begum Bazar Family Graveyard,
or copy and paste the link below on your browser to view the slideshow.
The first municipal graveyard in Dhaka city was opened in Purana Nakhas in 1882. (2)
Prior to it backyards, roadsides or low land ditches were used as burial ground. A list of twelve graveyards in the vicinity of Dhaka Municipality was first compiled in 1868. Begum Bazaar graveyard was also included in this list. (3)
Begum Bazaar-family home to family graveyard: Begum Bazar was the residential home of Moulvi Khwaja Abdullah (1). After his death in 1796 he was buried beside Hazrat Shar Nuri in Maghbazaar.
His son Khwaja Hafezullah (1735-1815) son of Moulve Khwaja Abdullah was the first to relocate from his ancestral home in Begum Bazaar to Bara Katra/ Sawari Ghat. (4) It is said that he could not bear the pain of his sisters premature death in Begum Bazaar. He insisted his nephew Khwaja Alimullah to join him but the latter declined. In 1830 Khwaja Alimullah (son of Khwaja Ahsanullah and grand son of Khwaja Abdullah) purchased Ahsan Manzil and moved to Kumartuli from Begum Bazaar.
Traditionally family members were being buried in backyard of ancestral home in Begum Bazaar. With the departure of family members, this family home gradually transformed into the family graveyard. May Allah grant Jannatul Ferdous to our beloved resting in Begum Bazaar since 200 plus years.
Index:1) Songbad Samoyik Potre Dhakar Nawab Poribar by Muntasir Mamun, Page 16; 2)Dhaka Somogro 2 by Mustasir Mamun, Page 74; 3)Dhaka Somogro 2 by Mustasir Mamun, Page 73; 4)Ahsan Manzil O Dhakar Nawab Oitihasik Rooprekha by Dr Alamgir, Page 16; 5) Ahsan Manzil O Dhakar Nawab Oitihasik Rooprekha by Dr Alamgir, Page 21; 6)Ahsan Manzil O Dhakar Nawab Oitihasik Rooprekha by Dr Alamgir, Page 67