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JAMA MASJID

Location : Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
Original Name : Masjid-i-Jahan Numa
Built By : Mughal Emperor Shahjahan
Famous As : Largest mosque in India

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Jama Masjid
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Built In : 1656 AD.
Designed By : Ostad Khalil, A brilliant Mughal Architecturer.
Example of : Persian Architecture.
History : Took 13 Years to Build the Mosque, Employing 5,000 Craftsmen, Costing About 10 Lakhs (One Million Rupees).
Mosque Structure : Three Gates Mosque built in Red Sand Stone, 261 feet long and 90 feet wide, Roof Covered with Three Domes with Alternate Stripes of Black and White Marble. Topmost part is Covered with Gold - Worth a Sight.
Fact : The Courtyard of the Mosque can Hold upto 25,000 people.
Don't Miss : Tasting the Famous Non Vegetarian Cuisine of Karim's, Especially the Mughlai Cuisine - Near the Mosque.
Visiting Hours : During Summer - 7 a.m. to 12.15 p.m and from 1.45 p.m till 6 pm
During Winter - 8.30 am to 12.15 pm and from 1.45 pm till 5pm.
Must Enter : Through Eastern Gateway once used by the Mughal Kings to Offer their Prayers. Opened on Saturday - Sundays.
Must See : The Footwear - Red Beard Hair and the Foot Impressions of Prophet, The Replica of Quran (Holy Books of Muslims) Written on a Deer Skin kept inside the Mosque.
Inside Tip : Cover Your Head and Take off your Shoes Before Entering. You Even have to Wash youe Feet Before Entering the Premises.
Shopping Around : Buy the Religious Books and Traditional Handicrafts Sold Around the Mosque.

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A voluminous shrine surely concocts a huge awe, and if it is the most eminent, no doubt, it will elevate a spiritual spirit to a million high. The Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, commonly known as Jama Masjid is ranked as the largest of the buildings of its class in India. It was built at a cost of a million, within a period of six years (1650-1656 AD) by Shahjahan, after he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. Masjid-i-Jahan Numa means 'the mosque commanding a view of the world', and the name Jama Masjid is a reference to the weekly congregation observed on Friday at the mosque. Despite the over-all vast proportions of the mosque, its various component parts have been blended together in such perfect harmony and effortless homogeneity as to result in a magnificent monument of great grace and elegance. The mosque is also known to house a curious collection of several relics in a closet in the north gate, more popularly a copy of the Holy Quran written on deer skin! During your holidays in Delhi, don't miss the chance to visit this haloweed shrine, for you will be overwhelmed to see the history unfold before your peeled eyes in the markets embracing the Jama Masjid.

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Experience The Majestic Mosque

To get a good feel of the ancient royal era, enter the Masjid through the eastern gateway. Originally open only for the Emperor who retired to a private gallery above the gate, the gate can be reached via a flight of steps, all built of red sandstone. Prior to the 1857 War of Indian Independence, there was a 'madrassah' near the southern side of the mosque, which was pulled down after the mutiny. Stroll around the voluminous centre courtyard to see the 12 pillared kiosks surmounted by marble domes embellishing the four corners of the shrine. You will be amazed to know that it is one of the few mosques in India which women can enter.

Enter into the spacious prayer hall and you will see 11 multi-foil arches (a speciality of Jama Masjid) with a greater emphasis on the central one rising far above the roof level. The beauty is mindblowing! And the architecture is marvellous too! Surmounted by 12 sided domical marble kiosks, the roof top is adorned with alternating vertical strips of red stone and white marble. Three extremely elegant domes of white marble ornamented with strips of black marble, and white marble cupolas at the corners, have turned this imposing hall into a colouful checkerboard of great beauty and dignity. For some minimal amount, you can climb the southern minaret - if you're a man or you have one with you. Gaze around and you will be greeted with a magnificent view of the bustling Chandni Chowk market and the imposing Red Fort that dominates the skyline of this sector. You can also see one of the features that Sir Lutyens incorporated while designing New Delhi - the Jama Masjid, Connaught Place and Parliament House are in a direct line.

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The Jama Masjid is easily accessible from all parts of the city. Nestling in the old quarters of Delhi, the mosque can be reached via road and rail. Especially with the advent of Metro Rail, the mosque has come closer to the heart of Delhi. Shoes should be removed and tourists considered unsuitably dressed (bare legs for either men or women) can hire robes at the northern gate. The mosque is open to non-Muslims from half an hour after sunrise until half an hour before sunset, but it closes every Friday for two hours during mid-day prayers. The eastern gateway is open to public only on Friday and on Muslim festival days, while the regular entry is by either the north or south gate.









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Jama Masjid

The Largest Shrine of Devotion
The Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, commonly known as Jama Masjid is ranked as the largest mosque in India. It was built at a cost of a million, within a period of six years (1650-1656 AD) by Shahjahan, after he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi.


A House of Curious Collections
a magnificent monument of great grace and elegance. The mosque is also known to house a curious collection of several relics in a closet in the north gate, more popularly a copy of the Holy Quran written on deer skin!


A Celebration of Devotion
Plan a holiday trip to Delhi during Id and you can be a part of the colourful festivals of the Muslims. The whole of the Old City pulsates with devotion and the mosque, amidst them, shines like a precious piece of jewel.


Behold The Beauty
Surmounted by 12 sided domical marble kiosks, the roof top is adorned with alternating vertical strips of red stone and white marble. Three extremely elegant domes of white marble ornamented with strips of black marble, and white marble cupolas at the corners, have turned this imposing hall into a colouful checkerboard of great beauty and dignity.


How Far You can See
Gaze around and you will be greeted with a magnificent view of the bustling Chandni Chowk market and the imposing Red Fort that dominates the skyline of this sector. You can also see one of the features that Sir Lutyens incorporated while designing New Delhi - the Jama Masjid, Connaught Place and Parliament House are in a direct line.


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