Jama Masjid Information:

Jama Masjid is the Mosque in Delhi, It is the largest Mosques in India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees, and was inaugurated by an imam from Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan.The mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three Big gates, four towers and two 40 m high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. The architectural plan of Badshahi Masjid, built by Shah Jahan’s son Aurangzeb at Lahore, Pakistan, is similar to the Jama Masjid.

Jama Masjid History:

Shah Jahan the Mughal Emporer Built Jama Masjid Between 1644 and 1656. Over 5000 workers completed this Mosque with very hard work. This Mosque original name was Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa, and its mean is ‘mosque commanding view of the world’. The construction was done under the supervision of Saadullah Khan. Saadullah Khan was the Wazir during Shah Jahan’s Rule. This mosque was built at a cost of 10 lakhs. The mosque was inaugurated by an Imam Bukhari, a mullah from Bukhara, Uzbekistan, on 23 July 1656, on the invitation from Shah Jahan. At one time, 25000 people can pray in Jama Masjid, and that is why it is also called India’s largest mosque.

Short info about Jama Masjid:

Place New Delhi
Established 1656
Architect Ahmed Bukhari
Built By Shah Jahan
Entry Fee No entry fee
Timings Visiting Hours – 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Nearest Metro station Jama Masjid

Important Facts About Jama Masjid:

  1. Jama Masjid is the second largest Mosque in India with the capacity of 25000 people can pray in same time.
  2. Jama Masjid was the last building built by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan. After this he did not build any artistic building.
  3. The measure of this mosque is 65 meters long and 35 meters wide. Its courtyard has a space of 100 square meters.
  4. The Jama Masjid is just 500 meters far from the Red Fort.
  5. Jama Masjid is built on parallel vertical bars of red sand stone and white marble.
  6. The eastern gate of the Jama Masjid is open only on Friday. It is said about this gate that Sultan used to use this gate.
  7. The mosque was inaugurated on 23 July 1656 by Mullah Imam Bukhari of Bukhara in Uzbekistan.
  8. In 2006, it was reported that the mosque was in urgent need of repair and the then Saudi Arabian king Abdullah, offered to pay for it.
  9. On 14 April 2006, there were two explosions which came soon after Friday prayers and occurred in swift succession.
  10. The Words ‘Jama Masjid’ Mean Friday Mosque.
  11. After the Revolt of 1857, British confiscated and planned to destroy the Mosque.
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