Eid-ul-Fitr 2020: Famous mosques in India


Famous mosques in India: the ones with a story!

The world is gearing up to celebrate Bakra Eid 2018. It is one of those days of the year, when lakhs of Islamic followers visit mosques to offer heartfelt prayers. Although, India is home to a whopping number of mosques, there are some special ones that are no less than heritage monuments. Backed by interesting history and beautiful Mughal architecture, these famous mosques in India draw in people of different faiths. Here’s taking a look at them.

Jama Masjid, Delhi

As the largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid holds a significant place in the annals of Mughal era. Made with red sandstone and white marble, the floor of Jama Masjid is remarkably black and white. Its main gateway overlooks the famous Red Fort, and the mosque has a seating capacity of 25,000 people at a time. It was emperor Shah Jahan, under whose kingship this mosque was built. Another major highlight of this mosque is the copy of the holy Quran published on deer skin that it houses.

Jamali Kamali Mosque, Delhi

The mosque and tomb of Jamali Kamali in Mehrauli area of Delhi is an excellent example of the Mughal architecture, more so, the Jhorokha System. It is made of red sandstone and marble, and is surrounded from all sides by a garden. It has a prayer hall, courtyard, and much more to admire. However, this mosque is reportedly haunted! Believe it or not, but the tourists are advised against staying back at this mosque in Delhi after sunset.

Adhai Din Ka Jhopra, Ajmer

Famous mosques in India: the ones with a story!

On the boundaries of Ajmer in Rajasthan stands one of the most ancient mosques in India, known by the name of Adhai Din ka Jhopra. It is believed that the mosque was made in merely two and a half days in 1150 AD; hence, it was named so. The Indo-Islamic design of the mosque is its distinguishing feature. It is believed to have served as a Hindu temple cum a Sanskrit college before Qutubuddin Aibak transformed it into a mosque in 1193 AD. Today, the mosque is quite a dilapidated building, but still attracts tourists interested in studying Islamic calligraphy.

Haji Ali Dargah, Mumbai

The dargah of Pir Haji Ali Shah is so famous that a tour of Mumbai is incomplete without visiting this legendary shrine. It is also the final resting place of the great Muslim saint. Facing the Arabian Sea, Haji Ali Dargah stands out for the different patterns used to write the ninety nine names of the Almighty God or Allah. On Fridays and Saturdays, Sufi singers visit the shrine for singing qawwalis–so you know when to make a trip to witness those enthralling devotional performances.

Taj-ul-Masjid, Bhopal

This centrally-located mosque appears radiant with its domes and minarets. It was Shah Jahan Begum, at whose behest the foundation of the mosque was laid in 1877 in Bhopal. But, it took more than a century to bring it about to completion. With its large courtyard and beautiful décor, the mosque has been rightly given the name Taj-ul-Masjid, which translates to ‘Crown of Mosques’.

The mosque welcomes people from all walks of life except on Fridays, when special prayers are held by the Islam followers.

Hazratbal Masjid, Jammu & Kashmir

Famous mosques in India: the ones with a story!

This holy Islamic shrine is situated in Hazratbal, Srinagar, on the left bank of the famous Dal Lake, and is one of the famous mosques in India. A white-marbled building having a dome and a minaret, this mosque looks like it is shining on a sunny day, and makes for a bewitching sight when its reflection is seen on the lake water. Coming to the specialty of this mosque—it enshrines a strand of Prophet Muhammad’s hair.

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