India is a diverse country that is bound to overwhelm the senses of any new traveller. In this diversity, there are some spectacular mosques in India that are a must-visit. Please note that some mosques do not allow women and non-Muslims inside the prayer area.
Here is the list of 23 Mosques in India
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan got the Jama Masjid built between 1644 and 1656 on a massive budget. The mosque still has three huge entry gates standing since 1656, when it was completed. The structure is made up of red sandstone and white marble. With a capacity of 25,000 people at one time, the courtyard was built with a great vision. The floor has 899 black markings for worshippers. It is the most spectacular mosque in India hosting thousands of pilgrims each year on the holy occasion of Eid to offer special Namaz in the morning.
The Jama Masjid situated in Ahmedabad is one of the largest mosques in India built in the period of 1424 and was built by Emperor Sultan Ahmed Shah. To the west of the mosque are the tombs of Ahmed Shah I, his son and his grandson followed by the graves of the queens of the king. The facade of Jama Masjid has a huge archway that welcomes you into the main complex. Made out of intricate stonework, the mosque opens into a splendid courtyard with an abolition pool right in the centre.
Constructed during the period of Quidisiya Begum, Jama Masjid boasts of classic Islamic Architecture in its beautiful shrine and two tall minarets. It is the largest mosque in India and is counted among the largest in the continent as well. It is officially known as Taj-ul-Masajid, which translates to "Crown Among Mosques".
Built by Haji Abdul Quddus in the early 19th century, the Jumma Masjid in Bangalore is said to be one of the oldest mosques in India. It is a stunning mosque and is fully lit up during the festival time of Eid and Ramzan.
One of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid was built in 1648 with the Buland Darvaza serving as its grand entrance. The Jama Masjid is built mainly of red sandstone and white marble that stand as a testimony to the magnificent Mughal architecture. The design of Jama Masjid is unique.
The Moti Masjid in Agra was built by Shah Jahan. During the rule of Shah Jahan the Mughal emperor, numerous architectural wonders were built. Most famous of them being the Taj Mahal. Moti Masjid earned the epithet Pearl Mosque for it shined like a pearl. It is held that this mosque was constructed by Shah Jahan for his members of the royal court.
Popularly known as Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jaali, it was built in 1573 and is the most famous mosques in India. It is among the last few Mosques built under the Mughal reign. The carved jalis have become famous worldwide and are known as the unofficial symbol of Ahmedabad. Even though it is smaller than Jama Masjid but the craftsmanship portrayed in this mosque is mesmerising.
Known to be one of the holiest shrines in the whole of Srinagar, thousands of devotees and tourists visit this shrine in seek of happiness and blessing from the almighty. Hazratbal thus literally means the 'Majestic Place' and is particularly famous since it houses a relic known as the Moi-e-Muqqadas, which is believed by many Muslims of Kashmir to be a hair of Muhammad, the Prophet.
If you wish to explore the rich and diverse history of Bengal, Gour is the place for you. Located along the banks of the holy river Ganges, this is one of the oldest residential colonies existing in the state. Although the place is now in ruins, its unique history and magnificent architecture are more than enough to attract tourism from places far and wide. This destination has quite a number of ancient monuments and their ruins within its perimeter. The most popular ones include Bada Darwaza, Eunuchs' Mosque, Tantipar Mosque, Dakhil Darwaza, Kadam Rasut Mosque and Firoz Minar.
Placed in the Chitpur area in the Burrabazar business district, Nakhoda mosque is one of the busiest mosques of Kolkata and dates back almost a century. The prayer hall has a seating capacity of 10000, and the domes and minarets have been constructed in keeping with the Fatehpur Sikri style of architecture.
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