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Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) in Delhi India -The largest mosque in India

Jama Masjid situated in the ancient town of Old Delhi, 1 km west of  Red Fort is one of the grand architectural examples of the Mughal era. The mosque is India's largest mosque and the last architectural work of the Mughal Emperor Shajahan which is much simpler than his other secular buildings.  It is also red in color originally erected as a primary mosque of Shah Jahan. Here is some fact about Jama Masjid in Delhi.

Location: Delhi, India
Address:Meena Bazar, Daryaganj, Chandni Chowk New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Phone: 011 23320005
Built in: between 1644 and 1656
Built by: Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan
construction cost :1 million rupees
constructed by : more than 5000  artisans   
Entry: Free
Capacity:  25000 People
Photography: 200 RS Fee for Camera
Significance: India's largest mosque
Opening Timing: 7am to Noon,1.30pm to 6.30pm.
Best time to visit: February-March
Visiting timing: 2 hour
Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International airport
Nearest Railway station:New Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk Metro station

More Information about Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid in Dehi is the largest mosque in India and was built to 1650 to 1656AD.It is built by Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan.The last architectural work of the Mughal Emperor Shajahan which is much simpler than his other secular buildings.The mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40 m high. 5,000 laborers were employed for six years to complete its work in 1656.  Designed by Ustad Khalil, the great sculptor of his time, it was built at the cost of 10 lakh (1 million) Rupees. Commonly called as Friday Mosque (as 'Jama' means Friday, which is the holy day of the Muslims) the mosque is made of red sandstone and marble. Jama Masjid was inaugurated by an imam from Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan.25,000 people can pray in the courtyard of Jama Masjid at a time and it is India’s largest mosque. Jama Masjid is an elegant monument also famous by another name, "Masjid-i-Jahan Numa" (visible to the world).Also note that the prized possession of the mosque are a hair of the beard of Hazrat Muhammad, his used chappal (footwear), the canopy of his tombstone, the footprint of Muhammad on the stone and a chapter of Quran taken from its original holy book.

Architecture of Jama Masjid Delhi

The Jama Masjid is the largest and perhaps the most magnificent mosque in India.This Mosque is built in yellow sandstone and combines the best of Hindu and Muslim style of architecture.The mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets standing 40 m high. 5,000 laborers were employed for six years to complete its work.This mosque stands on two hundred and sixty pillars supporting fifteen domes at varying elevations. It is constructed with alternate use of vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. The white marble has been used extensively in the three domes and has been inlaid with stripes of black. The structure was situated on a high platform so that its magnificent facade would be visible from all the neighboring areas.

Court Yard: The courtyard of the mosque is about 408 square feet and is paved with red stone that can hold a large number of people. At the centre of the mosque there is a large marble tank in which the devout wash their hands before attending prayers. The main mosque is circled by three onion-shaped domes made of white marble and inlaid with stripes of black slates. The shape of the courtyard is rectangular which is about 65 by 76 metres. The central courtyard is reachable from the East, though there are three ways on the other side also. The Entrance at the eastern side leads to another area which has the tomb of Sultan Ahmed Shah. Jama Masjid faces the Red Fort, three gateways, four towers and two minarets on the east.  On the north and south of the complex are the two 130 feet high minarets from where an amazing bird’s eye view of the city can be seen. The main gate of the Masjid, the eastern entrance, is usually closed on most of the days of the week. It was perhaps used by the Emperors.

Tomb: Near the Eastern entrance stands the tomb of the Sultan Ahmed Shah, which was homage to the Sultan by his son Mohammed Shah II. The tomb houses the graves of three great rulers of Gujarat - Ahmed Shah I, his son, Mohammed Shah and his grandson, Qutub-Ud-Din Ahmed Shah II. After 100 years, a nobleman, Farhatul Maluk repaired the tomb, who also got the walls of the mosque engraved. Today after centuries of heat and uneven weather, Jama Masjid stands unchallenged serving as a prayer place for various Muslims.
Nearest Faimous Monuments in Delhi

Red Fort  
India Gate
Qutub Minar
The Canopy
Coronation Durbar Park
Lodi Gardens
Lotus Temple
Humayu’s Tom
Safdarjung’s Tomb
Isa Khan Tomb
Alai Darwaza

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Hotel Broadway Delhi
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Hotel Aiwan-e-Shahi 3-star hotel
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Hotel Al Haram 2-star hotel
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Ringo Guest House 2 stars
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The Park New Delhi
Connaught Place, New Delhi -3 km

How To Reach Jama Masjid Delhi

By Air: The Nearest Airport is Indira Gandhi International airport in Delhi.

By Rail: The Nearest Railway station is New Delhi Railway Station.

By Metro: The Nearest Metro station is Chandni Chowk Metro station.

By Road:There are many public and private vehicles available to reach Jama Masjid Delhi. The Delhi Metro and local DTC buses and auto rickshaws conveniently connect Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk bus stand.

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