Jami Masjid, Delhi
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
This is the largest mosque in India, or at least that's what I was told. True or not, it was pretty impressive, once you found it. It is kind of tucked down into the labyrinth of streets that make up most of Delhi.
If you go, be sure and wear appropriate clothes. In other words, tank tops and shorts are not acceptable and you may be asked to wear a sarong-type skirt to cover your bare legs. Sandals are, of course, ok since you will be removing your shoes at the door anyway. Again the shoe-man will want a tip for "watching" your shoes, but it's up to you.
The most impressive thing about the mosque was the view from the minaret. The top only accomodates 4 or 5 people, and passing on the stairs is a nightmare, but it's worth it. Tickets are available in the main plaza and somebody is sure to point you in the right direction.
This is a beautiful open air mosque. Avoid on a friday but you will be welcomed at all other times. You must leave you shoes at the gate (tip the shoe minder) and men in shorts will be made to hire a sarong to cover the legs. Amazing site in the middle of old Delhi. Pale women will be stared at but otherwise there is little hassle inside the mosque.
The great mosque of 'Old' Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was built in 1644 and was the last in the series of architectural indulgences of Shah Jahan, the Moghul emperor who also built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. The highly decorative mosque has three great gateways, four towers and two 40m (135ft) high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. Travelers arriving bare-legged can hire robes at the northern gate. This may be the only time you get to dress like a local without feeling like a prat, so make the most of the hallowed atmosphere
Indias biggest mosque, the Jamia Masjid, is located in the vicinity of the Red Fort. The 40 meters high building is designed for more than 20.000 people.
The Jami Masjid - Friday Mosque - is the largest mosque in India. Built between 1644 and 1658, it was Shah Jahan's last construction.
Indias biggest mosque. Up to 25,000 worshipper have place inside. You can walk in one of the towers (take care it's quiet dark inside) and have a look over Delhi, if the polution allows it.
Built in 1656, it is the oldest mosque in India and the largest in Asia. I was not able to go inside when I was there but did get some pictures of the grounds.
Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India, a fine example of Mughal architecture was built in 1656 by the emperor Shah Jahan to complement his palace in the Red fort.
See more pix in my Travelogue.