Thursday, October 07, 2010

Jama Masjid where history rests

We know it as Jama Masjid but originally called Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, this is the India's most famous and the largest mosque. Completed in 1656 after five years of vigorous hardhsip the place showers a beautiful presence of all religion presence. Jama Masjid is also called the Friday congregational mosque and means the mosque commanding a view of the world. The mosque is a real example of great architecture that existed during the Mughal period. It has the blend of both Hindu and Mughal style of architecture. 25000 worshipers can attend the prayers at this mosque.

Jama Masjid has three gates, two minarets - 40 meters in height and four towers. The minarets are made up of red sand stone and white marbles bearing stripes of black color.  Jama Masjid used to be the main mosque of Shah jahan. The mosque stands on the hill of Bho Jhala, in the old Mughal capital called Shahjahanabad. Prayer hall on the west is adorned by high cusped arches and marble domes. Jama Masjid has a replica of the Quran written on a deer skin, a red beard-hair of the prophet, sandals of the prophet and his footprint.