The globally acclaimed, magnificent, Jama Masjid Delhi originally named Masjid Jahan Numa, was built by Shahjahan -Mercy be upon him, the Fifth Mughal Emperor of India. Jama Masjid is located on a mound in the heart of the old city and projects beautifully into the Old-Delhi skyline. Shahjahan himself laid its foundation stone on the strong basements of a hillock on Friday the 6th of October 1650 AD corresponding to 10th of Shawwal 1060 AH.
One of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid also known as “World reflecting Mosque” was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1644 CE .It has a capacity to accommodate around 25000 devotees. Built between 1644 and 1658, Jama Masjid is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
Jama Masjid lies in the heart of the old Delhi and has large courtyard about 30 feet from the level of the ground and is about 1400 square yards in extent. Devotees in large number come on Friday to offer Namaz-yaum al-jum`a.
Jama Masjid has three gateways, two minarets and four towers. The gateway on the north and south are led by a fleet of steps and the main entrance is on the eastern side facing the red stone. Prayer hall on the western side has 11 arched entrances while the arch in the centre is wide and superior. Over the arches are adorned with beautiful white marbles with inscription in black marble, glorifying the reign of Shah Jahan.
It stands in front of the Red Fort and is considered to be the last work of the Emperor Shah Jahan.
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There are several odds and ends of the Mughal religion which can be seen on the deer skin, sandals of the prophet and his footprints etc. Jama Masjid is covered by elaborate carvings and verses from the Quran.
The mosque built in Red sandstone and marble by 5000 craftsmen.
In those days when the daily wages of a mason and a labourer were 2 paisa and 1 paisa respectively, its cost of construction was one million rupees. Many nobles and nawabs of that era gifted stones and other construction material to the emperor for the mosque’s construction, which therefore are not included in its cost.
By Train: Delhi is well connected by railways. Distance from NDLS is 22.6 kms.
By Metro: Metro is a good option for people travelling. It is cheap and easy.
By Air: Air: Delhi is the main gateway city for northern India with a modern airport. Taxi and coach transfer is available from both International and Domestic Arrivals. Pre-paid Taxi, air-conditioned and non- air-conditioned coach counters are located immediately outside the customs Hall in International Terminal and outside Baggage Claim area in Domestic Arrivals. Distance from IGI: 26 kms.
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