Introduction: ‘World-reflecting Mosque’, commonly known as the Jama Masjid, is one of the largest mosques in India. The mosque is built on a red sandstone porch, which is about 30 feet (9.1 m) from ground level and spreads over 1200 square metre. The only building that literally rises above the splendour of red fort. Mosque has three great gates with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees and occupies 408 square feet, four towers and two lofty minarets which are 130 feet (40 m) high and consists of 130 steps longitudinally striped by marble and red sandstone. The northern gate has 39 steps and the southern side has 33 steps. The eastern gate was the rural entrance and it has 35 steps.Tourists not allowed during prayer hours.
History/About: Originally called masjid-i-jahanuma or the mosque commanding the view of the world,modest rendering as the Friday mosque. It was built over a period of six years by more than 5000 workers. The supervisors of the constructions were Saadullah Khan, wazir (or prime minister) during Shah Jahan’s rule. A sum of Rs 10 lakhs was spent on the construction of the Jama Masjid. The first three storeys of the Jama Masjid tower are made of red sandstone and the fourth one is made of marble, while the fifth is made of sandstone. The Jama Masjid is covered with intricate carvings and has verses inscribed from the holy Kuran. Masjid contains a collection of Muhammad’s relics – the Kuran written on deerskin, a red beard-hair of the prophet, his sandals and his footprints, implanted in a marble block.
Visiting hours: 7am to Noon, 1.30pm to 6.30pm.
Open: All day of the week
Entry Fee: Free
How to visit: A short walk or a rickshaw from chawri bazaar metro station.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit the mosque is in the early hours for a peaceful visit without much crowd.
Celebrations: Eid-ul-milad, Bakri-eid
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