Jami Masjid, Champaner-Pavagadh Overview

Jami Masjid, also known as Jama Masjid of Champaner is located about 150 feet (46 m) east of the city walls. Dating back to the 15th century, it is widely considered as one of the finest mosques in western India.

Along with modern techniques of architecture, this mosque also reflects how the architects used modern techniques to cultivate rainwater harvesting systems. One of the minarets is a tad bit damaged. This is not because it has been worn out but because of an intentional gun firing in 1812 by a Scindia Governor named Patankar. The monument has some very majestic artwork on its symmetric pillars and all this has been conserved very well.

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History of the Jami Masjid in Champaner-Pavagadh

Established by Sultan Mahmud Begada, the Jama Masjid in Champaner-Pavagadh is an extraordinary blend of both Hindu and Islam forms of architecture and craftsmanship.

Completed sometime during the 1530s, the current version of the mosque is, however, a dilapidated form of the once flourishing worship site. Jami Masjid further underwent renovations during the 1890s. 

Jama Masjid Champaner-Pavagadh Architecture

Besides intricate motif and mural carvings, the Jami Masjid also cites the exquisite lattice-stone work, jali work and roof carvings. This two-storied edifice has a very minutely designed entrance which is flanked by two towering octagonal spires. Some of the structures here also house hymn engraving from the Holy Koran.

With over 200 pillars sectioning numerous prayer halls, the main prayer hall here is roofed with a primary dome alongside 11 smaller ones. Amidst a refreshing garden on the outside, the mosque holds 3 gateways to the main courtyard, with the one on the eastern end being the most magnificent. 

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