Jama Masjid

A famous landmark and one of the top tourist attractions in Delhi, Jama Masjid is known to be one of the biggest mosques in India. Jama means Friday; thus, Jama Masjid’s English translation is Friday Mosque. The magic of Jama Masjid is such, that even on a Friday, when the mosque is crowded you still get a sense of tranquility.

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History of Jama Masjid

It is not a surprise that the Jama Masjid of Delhi turned out to be such an amazing and popular landmark. After all, it was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who was on a building spree and had also commissioned Taj Mahal, at Agra and Red Fort in Delhi. Monuments under the Mughal reign had started a new era of art. Jama Masjid was one of the last monuments to be built under Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and was the central place of worship until the end of the Mughal period. After the revolt of 1857, the Britishers tried to jeopardize the monument as a way of punishing the city but were unable to succeed due to the opposition faced.

Architecture of Jama Masjid

Two tall minarets and a protruding dome in the center, Jama Masjid is carved out of marble and limestone. This Mughal style architecture with its Islamic, Persian and Indian influences took a decade and 5000 workers to complete. The mosque has three entrances (from the east, south and north), the eastern gates which were used by the royal family, remains closed on weekdays.

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The mosque’s courtyard has a space for 25,000 people and occupies an area of 408 square feet. Aurangzeb, son of Shah Jahan, replicated the architecture in Lahore, Pakistan and is known as Badshahi Masjid.

Interesting facts about Jama masjid

  • The mosque has the capacity to accommodate 25,000 people in the courtyard and 85,000 people in its premises.
  • The mosque was inaugurated by an imam from Uzbekistan.
  • The mosque’s construction cost then was 1 million rupees.
  • The word Jama Masjid means Friday Mosque.
  • Can climb up the southern minaret for awesome views.

Visiting time: 7am to 12pm & 1:30pm to 6pm, every day.

Entrance Fee: Free entry. Camera charges up to 300 rupees. Visitors should remove their shoes at the top of the stairs.

How to reach: By metro (Jama Masjid is the closest station) or walking distance from Chandni Chowk.

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One of the last masterpieces built under emperor Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid happens to be an edifice which should be visited by everyone. Located in Old Delhi, the atmosphere inside the monument is very peaceful and tranquil. Jama Masjid is truly a gem built by Shah Jahan and will continue to do so.

 

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