Jama Masjid or Masjid-i-jahan-Numa a largest mosque in India, another marvelous treasure of the Old City on the other side of road to the Red Fort,was built by the great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Started in 1644 and completed finally in 1658 it took 13 year approx., at a cost of 10 lakh rupees, there are 3 gateways, 4 angle towers and two 40 m high minarets.
Its is the finest Specimen of Mughal structure, its prominent highlights are its strong treatment in red sandstone trimmed with high contrast marble, roomy courts, enormous columns supporting engrailed curves, exquisite bulbous arches – all proportional with ornamental control.
It was known as focal mosque of the old delhi in the time of Shah Jahan. The name of Jama Masjid was put on the Friday twelve petition to God which used to given at this mosque. The Mosque has a limit around 25000 individuals which are more than whatever other mosque in India. The historical backdrop of Jama Masjid incorporated the blood protecting work of around 5000 works for making this mosque.
Jama Masjid is otherwise called the Friday congregational mosque in light of the fact that Muslims turn up in substantial numbers to offer Namaz on Fridays, called as the yaum al-jum`a. Masjid-i-Jahan Numa famously called as Jama Masjid, implies the mosque summoning a perspective of the world. The mosque is a genuine illustration of extraordinary building design that existed amid the Mughal period. It has the mix of both Hindu and Mughal style of structural planning.
The timing of open for visitors is from 7 am to Noon and then from 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Any can hire an Islamic styled robe at the Northern Gate. Like all religious buildings in India, take your shoes off at the gate and the entered in the mosque. The architecture is quite attractive but not as impressive as the ones you in see in Egypt and some of the medical buildings of Europe. But nonetheless, it has a great historical feel and ambience. You can hire a guide to take you around and explain the important of the numerous minarets and gates of the mosque.
You will need at least 1 to 2 hours to look around.
Address : Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi; Phone: +91 11 2336 5358
Fees : Free entry but there is a 200 Rupees photography charge.