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    Jama Masjid:largest Mosque of India

    by vinod-bhojak Written Dec 12, 2013

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    This great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was begun in 1644 and ended up being the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.Shah Jahan built several important mosques in Delhi, Agra, Ajmer and Lahore. The Jama Masjid's floor plan is very similar to the Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri near Agra, but the Jama Masjid in Delhi is the bigger and more imposing of the two. Its Badshahi Mosque of Lahore built by Shah Jahan's son Aurangzeb in 1673 is closely related to the Jama Masjid at Raipur
    The highly decorative mosque has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the Qur'an written on deer skin

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    Jama/Jami Masjid (Friday Mosque)

    by Donna_in_India Written Oct 27, 2011

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    Jama/Jami Masjid (Friday Mosque)

    Jama/Jami Masjid (Friday Mosque) is the largest mosque in India and along with Red Fort, it dominates Old Delhi. The mosque has three black and white domes and two minarets that frame the central arch. Built in 1656 by Shah Jahan (who also built the Taj Mahal), it was his last great architectural work. The mosque took six years, 5,000 workers, and a million rupees to complete.

    Beautiful sandstone steps lead to the arched entrances. Of the three gateways, the largest is the east. It is where the faithful enter on Fridays and holidays. The other two gates are the north and south.

    At 92 sq. ft. the courtyard can accommodate 20,000 people for Friday prayers (a good time to avoid the area!). In the center of the courtyard is the hauz, an ablution tank.

    There is a very small charge to climb the minaret, worth it for the views of the surrounding streets!

    When visiting the mosque, you must observe the following:

    1. Remove your shoes before entering.

    2. No shorts, no sleeveless tops. A gatekeeper will provide a gown for you if needed.

    3. Purchase a camera ticket before entering. (Rs 200)

    4. Non-Muslims can enter between 8 a.m. until 30 minutes before sunset. They also may not enter for short periods for afternoon and pre-dusk prayers.

    5. Women are not allowed to enter after Maghrib prayers (sunset).

    Although this is not an ornate mosque by any means, it is a must see in Delhi. Be sure to wander the wild streets around the mosque.

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    Jami Masjid

    by MM212 Updated Jun 13, 2010
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    The grand mosque of Delhi, Jami Masjid, was completed in 1658 by Emperor Shah Jahan on a natural mound close to the Red Fort. Its elevated position above the surrounding streets and buildings gives it grandeur and prominence. The actual mosque consists of an enormous walled courtyard that supersedes the main prayer hall, which is topped by three white marble onion-shaped domes and is flanked by two 40-metre striped minarets. An impressive central iwan arch is the main entrance to the prayer hall and is flanked by a series of polyfoil arches. The courtyard can contain well over 20,000 worshippers, making this mosque the largest in India.

    Please note that modest dress and head cover for women are necessary when visiting the mosque. For more photos of this architectural beauty, take a look at the travelogue: "Jami Masjid."

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    the largest mosque in the country!

    by smirnofforiginal Updated Apr 29, 2010

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    Jama Masjid towers over Delhi and has room to hold 25,000 people. It was built between 1644 & 1658. It's two minarets are 40m tall, it has several gates, a tower on each corner, is incredibly beautiful and teaming with beggars and child hawkers who will latch onto you should you opt for walking in the shade of the arches as opposed to burning your feet and melting under the Indian sun which unrelentlessly pounds the enormous courtyard.
    As this is a mosque you must remove your shoes - ensure you have some small change for the man who will "look" after them for you. If you are lucky he will actually cover them with a cloth so that the sun doesn't bake them. You must aslo be (ladies) adequately covered... and this is where I got into an arguement (and won!). I had my own enormous shawl that was capable of covering me from head to foot and back up again but the man on the gate was absolutely determined that because I was a tourist I should be forced to pay to wear the tourist cloak!
    As with everywhere you pay to get in (children nder 12 are free) and you must also pay for your camera to accompany you (well worth it!). Inside you can pay an extra Rs50 to climb the southern minaret (I was unaware of this at the time but apparently women HAVE to be accompanied by a man!). The climb up is exhausting, very hot and an extremely tight squeeze when bumping into groups of people who are on their way down! There were too many people at the top which is only a small area and, all in all, it was not really worth it although there were very good views of the courtyard and of Delhi with the Red Fort in the background.

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    Jama Masjid

    by illumina Written Feb 12, 2010

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    The Jami (Congregational) or Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) was built between 1650 and 1656 on the orders of emperor Shah Jehan, who also commissioned the Red Fort which stands opposite. It is the largest mosque in India and is capable of containing 25,000 worshippers.

    You must leave your shoes outside (remember to tip the guardian) and women should of course cover their heads. There is a charge for taking cameras inside.

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    by Rupanworld Written Jan 27, 2009

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    The Jama Masjid (also called the Masjid-I-Jahanuma or the 'mosque commanding view of the world') of Delhi, built by the Mughal emperor and architectural genius Shah Jahan in 1656 in his walled capital of Shahjahanabad, is the largest and most well known mosque in India. The design of the mosque is similar to many other mosques built by Shah Jahan but the beauty of it lies in the hugeness of the structure and at the same time the alternating stripes of red sandstone and white marble, makes it exceptionally beautiful and architecturally, a thing of wonder. The courtyard is built of red sandstone and there are three different set of stairs in three directions by which you can reach it. The complex outside the main mosque houses thoudands of temporary stalls selling articles starting from toys to blankets during the day time and quite impliedly the area is quite crowded. Inside the mosque, there are certain things to watch, like the Quran written on deer skin, a red beard-hair of Prophet Mohammad, his sandals and his footprint in a marble slab. The mosque was designed by Mughal architect Ostad Khalil and costed a very high amount of Rs. 10 crores, a huge figure for the 17th century. People of all religions are allowed to enter the mosque except during the prayer times and must take off shoes before entering.

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    Jama Masjid (Masjid-i Jahan-Namaa)

    by Rupanworld Written Jan 19, 2009

    The Masjid-i Jahan-Namaa (meaning the 'World-reflecting Mosque') is popularly known as the Jama Masjid. It is the main mosque of Old Delhi and the largest mosque in Asia. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656 AD. It is situated close to the busy Chandni Chowk market of old Delhi. The courtyard of the mosque has a capacity of twenty-five thousand worshippers. Inside the mosque one can see the copy of the Quran written on deer skin. The mosque two 40 meters high minarets. It is built with red sandstone and white marble. From the top of the southern minaret, one can have aerial views of Old Delhi. Non muslims are not allowed to enter during prayers. Visitors have to take off their shoes before entering the mosque.

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    JAMI MASJID

    by claree Written Aug 12, 2008

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    The Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, and completed in the year 1656 AD, it is one of the largest and best-known mosques in India. It is also at the beginning of a very busy and popular street/center in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk.

    Masjid-i-Jahan Numa means "the mosque commanding a view of the world", and the name Jama Masjid is a reference to the weekly congregation observed on Friday (the yaum al-jum`a) at the mosque. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including a copy of the Qur'an written on deer skin.

    The courtyard of the mosque can be reached from the east, north and south by three flights of steps, all built of red sandstone. The northern gate of the mosque has 39 steps. The southern side of the mosque has 33 steps. The eastern gate of the mosque was the royal entrance and it has 35 steps. These steps used to house food stalls, shops and street entertainers. In the evening, the eastern side of the mosque used to be converted into a bazaar for poultry and birds in general. Prior to the 1857 War of Indian Independence, there was a madrassah near the southern side of the mosque, which was pulled down after the mutiny.

    The mosque faces west. Its three sides are covered with open arched colonnades, each having a lofty tower-like gateway in the centre. The mosque is about 261 feet (80 m) long and 90 feet (27 m) wide, and its roof is covered with three domes with alternate stripes of black and white marble, with its topmost parts covered with gold. Two lofty minarets, 130 feet (41 m) high, and containing 130 steps, longitudinally striped with white marble and red sandstone, flank the domes on either side. The minarets are divided by three projecting galleries and are surmounted by open twelve-sided domed pavilions. On the back of the mosque, there are four small minarets crowned like those in the front.
    nder the domes of the mosque, is a hall with seven arched entrances facing the west and the walls of the mosque, up to the height of the waist, are covered with marble. Beyond this is a prayer hall, which is about 61 meters X 27.5 meters, with eleven arched entrances, of which the centre arch is wide and lofty, and in the form of a massive gateway, with slim minarets in each corner, with the usual octagonal pavilion surmounting it. Over these arched entrances there are tablets of white marble, four feet (1.2 m) long and 2.5 feet (760 mm) wide, inlaid with inscriptions in black marble. These inscriptions give the history of the building of the mosque, and glorify the reign and virtues of Shah Jahan. The slab over the centre arch contains simply the words "The Guide!"

    The mosque stands on a platform of about five feet (1.5 m) from the pavement of the terrace, and three flight of steps lead to the interior of the mosque from the east, north, and the south. The floor of the mosque is covered with white and black marble ornamented to imitate the Muslim prayer mat; a thin black marble border is marked for the worshippers, which is three feet long and 1 ½ feet wide. In total there are 899 such spaces marked in the floor of the mosque. The back of the mosque is cased over to the height of the rock on which the mosque stands with large hewn stones.

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    by chizz Updated Jul 21, 2008

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    This mosque was constructed by Shah Jahan and is one of the largest mosques in the country. It has 4 towers and two 40m monuments which give a great view of the city. Dress conservatively with covered shoulders and knees. Sarongs can be hired for 50 rupees if you forget. Leave your shoes at the entrance for 10 rupees or carry them with you. Entrance is free but a camera charge of 200 rupees is applicable. Non Muslims can enter the mosque from 8am until 30 mins before sunset. There is an extra small charge for going up the tower of the mosque.

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    Jama Masjid

    by the_mostly_harmless Updated Dec 8, 2007

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    We took a rickshaw for the crowded way leading to Jama Masjid. All the shops and people around and the Jama Masjid in front - nice sight.
    We didn't paid an entrance fee. I don't know if this is the rule or they don't take entrance fee from muslims, because the guy at the front door asked us whether we want to pray or not.
    Anyway, you will have to pay 150 Rs to make photos inside.

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    Jama Masjid Mosque

    by PeteG Written Dec 6, 2007

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    Jama Masjid Mosque is the largest mosque in Delhi.

    It is a lovely building in the heart of the old town. Take your camera, but you will have to pay 200 rupees for a camera ticket. Leave you shoes outside where they will be looked after and go and walk around.

    Please be extra respectful as this is a functioning Mosque and not just an old building. While you are there you will see people at prayer so give them space.

    The building itself it lovely to walk around, and for the more energetic you can take the big climb up the stairs in the minarets.

    As well as an interesting building, you get great views of the Red Fort - and indeed you get some peace and calm from the mayhem that is Delhi outside the mosque.

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    Jama Masjid

    by PierreZA Written Nov 4, 2007

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    Jama Masjid

    This is the biggest Mosque in India.
    You can enter the Mosque from either the North or South Gate. Remember to remove your shoes before entering.
    This mosque has a massive courtyard (?can house 25 000). It is a fine example of Mughal architecture. The main mosque has three onion shaped domes, made of white marble and inlaid with stripes of black slate.
    Do remember that the mosque is a place of worship.

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    JAMA MASJID-Largest mosque in...

    by Gurmeet Updated May 27, 2007

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    JAMA MASJID-Largest mosque in India...don't miss
    This ia the largest mosque in India. Built of red sandstone, it costed Moghul emperor Shahjahan one million rupees in 1650. It just 500 mts from red fort in the crowded area of old Delhi.

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    View from top of the minaret

    by Willettsworld Updated Mar 14, 2007
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    It is possible to climb the 130 or so steps up the 40m high southern minaret for just 20 rupees. There’s a small counter just to the left as you enter through the southern gate into the courtyard. Unfortunately it was rather misty when I was there so I couldn’t see very far which was a shame as the views look very impressive over to the Red Fort.

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    Courtyard & pool

    by Willettsworld Updated Mar 14, 2007
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    The huge courtyard of the Jama Masjid can hold up to 25,000 worshippers. It is bordered by three large gatehouses, the one on the northern side contains a copy of the Qur’an written on deer skin. The courtyard contains a large pool where worshippers wash their hands and feet before prayer.

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