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The Jama Masjid situated in Ahmedabad is one of the largest mosques in India built in the period of 1424. This marvellous edifice formed a major part of the old walled city and was built by Emperor Sultan Ahmed Shah, who is the founder of the Ahmedabad. In addition to being a revered shrine, Jama Masjid also houses the tombs of Ahmed Shah I, his son and his grandson followed by the graves of the queens of the king.
A beautiful blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture styles, the expanse of the Jama Masjid is a magnificent sight to behold. It was constructed with the purpose of serving as a private shrine to the Sultans and took about 13 years to reach completion. What's interesting to note is that the mosque was built out of stones and rubble rescued from demolished Hindu and Jain temples.
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. The most striking feature of the construction is its unique meshwork in the main prayer hall, which allows enough illumination into the room without any direct sunlight.
Situated in the middle of the Old City, Jama Masjid is a harmonious example of Hindu and Muslim architecture styles. Gentle lotus carvings lie akin to detailed lattice designs and blend in perfectly. The mosque is built out of yellow sandstone with the central courtyard being 75 metres long and 66 metres wide. Evenly spaced columns adorning Arabic calligraphy surround the main courtyard on three sides, while the fourth side has the main prayer hall. The courtyard itself is built out of dazzling white marble and has a water tank containing holy water within its confines.
The main prayer room is also rectangular and embellished with four magnificent domes. The interior, as well as the exterior, is ornamented with classical Indo-Saracenic motifs. Domes of the Jama Masjid are carved like lotus flowers resemble the Jain style of architecture, while the pillars here are carved like bells which is typical to Hindu temples. Detailed carvings embellish the 260 columns supporting the roof. The Wall of Prayer or the Qibla is beautifully decorated as well.
Towards the west of the Jama Masjid lies the cenotaph of Ahmed Shah I, his son and his grandson, Ahmed Shah's Tomb, where you can pay your respects to them. The serenity of this place a welcome change from the din of the bubbling city that lies just outside, and is the perfect place to call upon the Divine.