Timings : All days of the week: 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Non-muslim 8:00 AM - 30 minutes before sunset
Minaret 9 AM - 5.30 PM
Time Required : 2 - 3 hours
Entry Fee : Photography INR 200; Tower INR 100.
Nearest Metro Station : Chawri Bazaar Chowk on Yellow Line
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The 'Masjid-I Jahan-Numa' or Jama Masjid in Delhi is the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The mosque hosts thousands of pilgrims each year on the holy occasion of Eid to offer special Namaz in the morning. With a capacity of twenty-five thousand people in the courtyard, Jama Masjid extends for about 1200 square meters in area with three gateways, four towers and two minarets which are forty meters high. Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari, an Imam from Uzbekistan, inaugurated the mosque. Unfortunately, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the Masjid during Namaz offerings.
Jama Masjid is situated in the older part of Delhi, now called Chandni Chowk and surrounded by beautiful Mughal structures. It took a huge construction cost of one million rupees at the time, five thousand workers and six years (1650-1656) to complete. To reach the entrance one needs to climb 121 steps which are filled with food and bookstalls in the evening. The massive central dome is an outstanding example of Islamic architecture. J Sadaullah Khan who was the Wazir (prime minister) during Shah Jahan's rule supervised the construction of the mosque. Literally meaning "World Reflecting Mosque.", the mosque was the last of Shah Jahan's impressive collection of architectural undertakings, after the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.
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