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Jama Masjid Tour

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Situated in the centre of the old Delhi, the Jama Masjid was constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahanbetween the period of 1644 and 1658 by five thousand artisans. Regarded among the revered sites of Muslim Pilgrimage in India this mosque is built in yellow sandstone, the architectural style of bothHindu and Muslim is reflected in this grand structure.

Jama MasjidThe Jama Masjid is balanced on 260 pillars that support 15 domes at varying heights. Originally, called the Masjid-i-Jahanuma or "Mosque commanding a view of the world", this splendid structure portrays uniqueness to religion and Indian history. This part of Delhi till now displays the old-world tradition of Mughal era as it is also considered one among the several Pilgrimage sites in India.

Features of the Unique Mosque :

Like other monuments of Shahjahanabad, Jama Masjid in India was also built in red sandstone. In the three domes, only white marble has been used widely, and it has been laid with stripes of black. The slender minarets grace the front view of the edifice, one on each side upto a height of about 130-feet. The eastern gate was reserved for the Emperor when he used to arrive here every Friday and on Id.

On approaching the mosque, one will discover a whole way of life, a microcosm of quintessential India in its shadow, on its steps, in the narrow streets criss-crossing, Meena Bazaar and its famous Urdu Bazzar. On the east of the Jama Masjid stands the Red Fort (Lal Qila). It has three gateways, four towers and two minarets. The largest and the most magnificent mosque, in India is the Jama Masjid. Separating it from the main road, is a sprawling esplanade, which is a fascinating leisure ground.

Architectural style of Jama Masjid :

Ostad Khalil, the great sculptor of the time, did the plan and design of the mosque. Shahjahan built Jama Masjid at the cost of Rs 10 crore and it can be called as the replica of Moti Masjid in Agra. The premises of the south minaret are 1076-sq-ft wide where 25,000 devotees at a time may sit together for namaz (prayer). The structure was placed on a high platform so that its magnificent facade would be visible from all the adjoining areas. A beautiful building, the Jama Masjid takes us back into history, to the times of the Mughal rule.

Religious Center :

On the west side, is the main Prayer Hall. In the front of the structure there are a series of high arches and topped with marble domes. The Hall houses a niche in a wall that shelters the prayer leader. Worshipers use this hall on most days, but on Fridays and other holy days. The courtyard is full of devotees offering Namaaz.

In the northeast corner of the white shrine of Jama Masjid is a great treasure. A cupboard containing a collection of Hazrat Muhammad's relics stands tall. A chapter of the Koran, written on deerskin is taken from its original holy book. Also embedded in a marble slab, is a hair of the beard of the Prophet, his used chappal (slippers), the canopy of his tombstone and the foot print of Muhammad on the stone.

The chief priest or the chief Imam of Jama Masjid is the direct descendent of the original and first Imam appointed by Shahjahan and till now there is no break in its lineage.

Travel Information of the Jama Masjid : Jama Masjid is located in the heart of Delhi. It is easily accessible in many ways. Jama Masjid is a must visit for all travellers visiting Delhi. From the Red Fort (Lal Qila) and Chandni Chowk, the mosque is only a walk away.Tour Bokking

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