There are countless mosques in India; however, few of them are visited by a large amount of tourists. Delhi’s Jama Masjid is very popular among all mosques in the country. It was built by the Mughal King Shah Jahan, and it was constructed between 1644 to 1656.
This mosque is popular because of its big structural design and beauty. Visitors of Jama Masjid can also visit the Red Fort located at only distance of 500 meters. The overall expenditure to construct such monument was around million rupees. Its minarets and domes are constructed in Mughal style, which make it a special tourist attraction of Delhi.
Shah Jahan constructed other Jama Masjid in Agra (Taj City) and Lahore (Pakistan). However, structural designs of every Masjid are almost similar. Large amount of Muslims of Delhi region reach this mosque for prayers. This monument is really big, and it can hold 25000 disciplines at a single time. Shopping is also the best activity that people can do near Jama Masjid. There are countless shops available near the mosque where people can buy many types of goods.
For construction of the towers in Jama Masjid, Shah Jahan ordered the supervisor to use red stone. However, the 4th one is built of white marble and 5th one with sandstone. Agra’s Jama Masjid has three different gates and 40 meters minarets. People can see the carving of holy Kuran present on the wall of the mosque. It was designed by famous architect Ustad Khalil. He was one of the greatest sculptors of India at that time.
This construction took many years and 5000 workers played this vital role to finish the building work. The Mughal King Shah Jahan was an artistic kind of person, and he built many other monuments in India. Taj Mahal of Agra is the best example of his creativity. He constructed Taj Mahal close to Red Fort of Agra which stands opposite to Jama Masjid.
Jama Masjid (explosions in 2006):
Delhi people got shocked when two big explosions occurred in the area of Jama Masjid on 14th April, 2006. There was a slight gap of 7 minutes between the two explosions in such religious peaceful spot. The time of the first explosion was 05:26 pm. It was the time of Azaan when the first blast took place. The data provided by experts states that around 1000 people were available in the mosque at the time of the blast and around 13 people got injured. The explosion was not that big, so no harm was caused to the mosque, though it affected the people doing prayer in the Masjid.
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