A 400-year-old rare and unique miniature mosque is crying for protection in Eluru city in West Godavari district according to archaeologist Dr. E. Sivanagireddy.
After a thorough examination of the mosque, he said that it was the only one of its kind in entire Indian context in its size and elevation.
It measures 3 ft. in length and 5 ft. in height and is built of stone in typical Qutb Shahi style of architecture, delineated with arches and minars.
It lies unnoticed and uncared for in a small lane adjacent to East Street (Toorpu Veedhi) near Shivaiah School in the city.
Dr Reddy said the miniature mosque might have been built during the early 16th Century AD when the coastal tracts of Andhra, including Kondapalli and other forts, were annexed by Sultan Quli of the Qutb Shahi dynasty in 1530 AD.