Mosque "Jama Masjid"

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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Trip End Mar 18, 2011


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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We made our way across to “Jama Masjid” of Delhi is the largest mosque in India. Built between 1644 and 1658, Jama Masjid is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Its spacious courtyard holds thousands of faithful. Jama Masjid is located on a mound in the heart of the old city and projects beautifully into the Old-Delhi skyline. Jama Masjid Mosque was built in red sandstone and marble by more than 5000 artisans.

The Jama Masjid was completed under the supervision of Saadullah Khan, the Prime Minister of Shah Jahan.  It is built on a red sandstone porch, about 30 feet (10 m) from the level of the ground and is about 1400 square yards (1200 mē) in extent. The Jama Masjid has three gateways, four towers and two minarets. The gateways in the north and south are led by a fleet of steps. The main entrance is on the eastern side facing the red fort. It was probably used by the emperors. The tower of the Jama Masjid is made up of five distinctive stories. Each one of the stories has a projecting balcony. The adjoining edifices are beautifully done with calligraphy.

The first three stories of the Jama Masjid tower are made of red sandstone and the fourth one is made of marble, while the fifth is made of sandstone. The Jama Masjid is covered with intricate carvings and has verses inscribed from the holy Koran. The grand Red fort stands on the eastern side of the Jama Masjid. The main prayer hall of the Jama Masjid is made up of high cusped arches and marble domes. The cabinet in the north gate of the Jama Masjid contains a collection of Muhammad's relics - the Koran written on deerskin, a red beard-hair of the prophet, his sandals and his footprints, implanted in a marble block.
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