When in the city of Delhi, the tourist should definitely make it a point to visit the Jama Masjid. This is a popular and one of the oldest and largest mosques in the country and a religious place for the Muslims. Such is the popularity of this mosque that people from all faiths and all parts of the country, come here to offer their prayers.
The Jama Masjid Trip
Jama Masjid is also called Masjid-i-Jahan in the Urdu language. This mosque had been constructed in the year 1656 AD under the instruction of the then Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan.
Understanding its architecture
The jama masjid Delhi India is considered to be a classic example of Mughal architecture. It boasts of having a huge spacious courtyard, with a capacity to house over 25,000 individuals at the same time. This mosque is said to overlooks the majestic and architectural marvel, the Red Fort to the east, while being located at the starting of Old Delhi or Chandi Chowk’s busy streets.
Masjid-i-Jahan Numa is said to refer to a mosque which commands excellent view of the whole world. Around 5,000 odd workers were said to have worked tirelessly f or completing this magnificent structure that took about six years’ time. It includes four towers, two minarets and three gateways. It is indeed a fabulous architectural piece and is constructed upon 10 m platform right from ground level, extending about 1,200 sq. m. in area. The west facing mosque is covered on its three sides by open arched arcades. The roof of this 27 m wide and 80 m long mosque has three domes that are striped alternately in black and white marble. Domes have been lined on both the sides by two mammoth minarets of 41 m tall, comprising of 130 steps in all. These minarets have white marble stripes and red sandstone on them. Also four similar minarets are said to adorn the mosque’s backside.
On its northern side is present flight of thirty-nine stairs, and the southern end with 33 stairs that lead the way to the courtyard. Royal entrance or the main gate is said to lie to the eastern front having 35 step staircases. Red sandstone has been used for the construction of the stairs, which was regarded to be the primary material that was used back then. Royal entrance present to the east remains closed usually for most part of the week. This entrance was used mainly by the royal family members and the emperors.
A marble slab within this mosque has Prophet Muhammad’s ancient relics that are displayed at the mosque’s northern gate on high pulpit. This is to enable everyone to have a spending view all around. It also includes the well known Khuran that has been inscribed on deerskin, sandals of the prophet and his red beard hair and footprints. These steps back then used to have food stalls and shops lined up, selling different types of wares. During the evenings sprung up a poultry bazaar. Activities were prolific in its eastern gate.