Introduction: Moth Ki Masjid which means ‘Lentil seed Mosque’, also known as masjid moth. Its entrance lies towards the eastern side of the Moti Masjid Village Street, one can enter through a flight of steps. A Huge gateway made of sandstone in black, blue, white and red colours which is hardly noticeable. Entrance gate depicts Hindu and Islamic designs and patterns, especially an arch designed in the Hindu style and the main arch seen in the Muslim style of design. The main courtyard of the Mosque measuring 127 feet wide lies within a walled enclosure. The Mosque lies towards the western portion of this courtyard. The main rectangular shaped Prayer Hall has a front view of five arched openings. Each corner of Prayer Hall is standing with a double storied Tower with octagonal shaped chhatris or cenotaphs on it. Mihrab reveal inscriptions of verses from the Holy Book ‘Quran’ engraved in the typical Iranian design. Today masjid is hidden behind the concrete jungles of South Extension.
History: Masjid was built in 1505 by Wazir Miya Bhoiya who was a Prime Minister of Sikandar Lodi, the second ruler of the Afghan-Lodi dynasty. It was one of the most beautiful mosques having a ‘Gumbad’ roof Structural design commonly seen in almost all the structures during that era. This mosque has interesting versions of a tale attached to it. While walking with his minister Mian Buhwa, the Emperor Sikandar lodhi picked up a grain of moth, and gave it to his minister. Mian accepted the gift in good grace and instead of throwing it away planted it in his garden. Over the years repeated plantation resulted in a rich harvest. Thereafter, the minister, with that revenue earned from the lentil grains, built a mosque.
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