JAMA MASJID

New Delhi, India

Jama Masjid or Masjid-i Jahan-Numa is the largest mosque in India. Originally called as Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa which means mosque commanding view of the world, Jama Masjid was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1656 AD, costing 1 million rupees at that time and was inaugurated by Imam from Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The mosque has three huge gates, four towers and two minarets which are 40 meters high. The entire structure is constructed using strips of red sandstone and white marble. The first three stories of the Jama Masjid tower are made of red sandstone, the fourth is made of marble and the fifth is made of sandstone. Verse of Holy Koran has been inscribed on the structure. The mosque is approximately 80 meters long and 27 meters wide. The main prayer hall is on the western side and is decorated with many elevated arches with cusps. The hall is filled with the devotees on almost all the days but on Fridays and other Muslim holidays the courtyard remains packed up with the devotees offering their prayers. At one time nearly 25000 worshipers can offer prayers in Jama Masjid. The architectural style of Jama Masjid is nearly same as of the Badshahi Masjid at Lahore in Pakistan.The Masjid also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the holy Koran written on deer skin.

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