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What Sets Delhi’s Jama Masjid Apart from Other Mosques

What Sets Delhi's Jama Masjid Apart from Other Mosques

If you’re planning a holiday soon, taking a Kolkata to Delhi flight is a great idea. India’s capital city has a long history and several architectural wonders. One of them is Masjid-i Jahānnumā, the “mosque that reflects the world,” which was built by Shah Jahan and inaugurated by Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhrail, the Immam summoned in 1656 from Uzbekistan. One of the most notable things about the Jama Masjid is that it was built by the same emperor who built The Taj Mahal. This speaks of its grandeur and the fact that it is designed to ooze royalty. But that is not all.

Most Interesting Facts About the Jama Masjid

Here are a few of the most fascinating facts about this magnificent edifice:

  • It is the second-largest mosque in the Indian Subcontinent.
  • The courtyard can accommodate 25,000, and the premises can hold 85,000 people at a time!
  • It is one of the few architectural marvels in India with Islamic, Indian, and Persian elements from the seventeenth century.
  • The estimated expenditure for its construction is Rs.1 million, in the 17th-century value!
  • It took six years for 5,000 workers to construct it.
  • The masjid is designed to have the pilgrims face Mecca while praying.
  • The masjid is built with red sandstone adorned with ornate cravings of black and white marble all over the premise.
  • The Parliament House and Connaught Place are in line with the masjid, a strange coincidence!

If you have already booked your Kolkata to Delhi flight, you need to add this to your itinerary to experience the eloquent architecture. The best place to click pictures is gate 1 for it provides a picturesque view to take in the vastness of the mosque.

The Mosque                     

The premise has an absolution tank, where believers wash their hands, faces, feet, and heads to “cleanse” before entering the sacred place. The East gate is the best place to enter the mosque and feel what the Mughal royals did when it was used exclusively for royalty. It is a grand arched gate with intricate calligraphies all across the space. There are four minarets and two towers. Each tower has a flight of 130 stairs that brings you to the top and reveals a bird’s eye view of the always bustling Old Delhi area.

The Best Time to Visit Jama Masjid

Eid is the best time to visit to experience the mesmerizing spectacle of thousands of pilgrims praying together in the masjid premises. However, if you want to avoid the crowds, the best time to visit the mosque is in the morning, as once the sun comes up, it is difficult to stroll in the premises because of the infamous Delhi heat. Note that the mosque entry is closed from noon to 1:30 PM on all days except Fridays. And you need to pay a camera fee to get your camera phones inside the mosque.

If you have some time before your Delhi to Kolkata flight, here are a few things you should try.

Bring Home Some Old Delhi Vibes:

  • Visit the Red Fort
  • Pray at Sri Digambar Jain temple
  • Enjoy a langar (community lunch, though it goes on all day) at the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
  • Tread the dingy lanes of Chandni Chowk to get your hands on some intricately designed silver and gold jewellery, handicrafts, Traditional Indian wear, and décor items at super reasonable prices.
  • Try out local delicacies like rabri, parathas, jalebis, Dahi Bhalla (curd-dipped fritters), and much more.

You’ll find many selfie-worthy spots here and can get souvenirs to take back on your Delhi to Kolkata flight home.

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