Poa Mecca, Hajo (Assam)
Poa Mecca (also spelled, Powa Mecca), meaning a quarter of Mecca, also known as, Barmagam, is a Muslim pilgrimage centre, which is situated atop the Garurachala Hills. The Poa Mecca (1/4th Mecca) is believed to have some of the sanctity of Mecca. It is said that Poa Mecca was constructed from the soil that was brought from the city of Mecca itself (Mecca is the sacred most spot for the Muslims located in Saudi Arabia). An Iraqi Prince turned Preacher, Ghiyasuddin Auliya, is said to have built the mosque here in the 12th century A. D. Muslims believe that the preacher has brought soil from Mecca and enshrined the same at a spot where the mosque was built at a later period. However, a Persian epigraph at the site indicates that the original mosque of Poa Mecca was built circa 1657 by Sujauddin Mohammed Shah, during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.
A pilgrimage to the mosque is believed to be equivalent to a quarter of the piousness attained by a Haj pilgrimage to Mecca.
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