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Monday, February 9, 2009

Jama Masjid - Largest mosque in India

Jama Masjid of Delhi is the principal mosque of India. It is also known as masjid-i-jahan Numa, ‘Jahan’ means ‘world’ and ‘Numa’ means ‘Visible’. This mosque is constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and completed in the year 1656 AD. It is the largest and best-known mosque in India as well as Asia. It is situated in Old Delhi, just opposite to the famous Red fort or Lal Quila. There is also Jama Masjid in many other cities with a history of Islamic rule, or large Muslim populations.

Masjid-i-jahan Numa means “the mosque commanding a view of the world”. The name jama Masjid is a reference to the weekly congregation observed on Friday (the yaum al-juma) at the mosque. The courtyard of the mosque is so long that can hold up to twenty–five thousand worshippers at a time. The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north, gate including a copy of the Quran (holy book of muslims) written on deer’s skin. About 5000 craftsmen were involved in the construction of the mosque. Cost incurred on the construction in those times was 10 lakh Rupees.

Shah Jahan built several important mosques in Delhi, Agra, Ajmer and Lahore. The Jama Masjid’s floor plan is very similar to the Moti Masjid at Agra, but the Jama Masjid is the bigger and more imposing of the two. Its majesty is further enhanced because of the hight ground that he selected for building this mosque. The mosque has three gates. It faces west and three sides covered with open arched colonnades. Each colonnades having a lofty tower like gateway in the centre. The mosque is about 261 feet long and 90 feet wide. Its roof is covered with three domes with alternate stripes of black and white marble. Most part of the dome is covered with gold.

Information for Tourist :
Following information is useful for tourist of Jama Masjid.
1) Jama masjid is located in Old Delhi, Just opposite of the Red fort or Lal Quila.
2) Visitors can visit the Mosque daily from dawn to dusk. The mosque is closed during the prayer timing. Entry closed after 6 PM for women.
3) If visitors wants to only visit the mosque then no charges for that, but if they wants to carry a camera along with themselves then they should pay for that. I think Rs. 100/-
4) Visitors can visit the mosque at any time but the best time to visit the jama masjid is between October to March.
5) Enter in the mosque without shoes. Leave your shoes at the entrance.

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Jama masjid street

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Jama masjid Dome

Jama Masjid , Old delhi

Inside view of Jama masjid

Beautiful seen of jama masjid


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