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Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 1 - 2 hrs

Entry Fee : Indians: INR 10
Foreign tourists: INR 250

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Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Delhi Overview

Located within the Qutub Minar complex at Mehrauli in Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (translating to ‘Might of Islam’) was built by the Mamluk ruler Qutub-ud-din Aibak. Yet another feather in the cap of Delhi, the monument is the first mosque to be built in the city after the Islamic conquest of India and is known as a celebration of the Muslim Rule. Also known as Jami Masjid, the construction of the mosque began in 1193 AD; and the ancient mausoleum is also the oldest surviving testament of the Ghorids architecture in the Indian subcontinent. Subsequent additions were made to the monument later, during the reigns of Iltutmish and Alauddin Khilji. Initially, the idea of the mosque was conceived as a stand-alone structure but later, Qutub Minar was constructed along-side simultaneously as a ‘Minar of Jami Masjid” with the idea for the priest to perform azaan- call-out for namaz.

The architecture and technique of Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque resemble the structure and pattern of other monuments at the time built by the same ruler like Adhai Din ka Jhopra and Ajmer Mosque. It is believed that the entire Qutub Minar complex was established after demolishing temples and Sanskrit schools at the spot. A Persian inscription found at the site suggest that it required the destruction of twenty-seven Hindu and Jain temples to furnish the material for the construction of this mosque. Originally built with red sandstone, grey quartz and white marble, the building is currently in ruins; and due to decades of negligence and abandonment in the maintenance, a few layers of plaster have given way to reveal Hindu carvings on the original stone. Although in a dilapidated state now, the mosque is cherished as one of the most magnificent works of architecture in all of the world.

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History of Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

The making of the mosque began in 1193 AD after the annexation of Delhi by Mohammad Ghori and the construction was started by Qutub-ud-din Aibak who was the commander of Muhammad Ghori’s garrison. The monument was built on the ruins of Hindu temples and the edifice was completed by 1197 AD. Later, Iltutmish- successor to Qutub-ud-din Aibak added three more colonnades to the main prayer hall. Still later, in 1300 AD, during the rule of Alauddin Khilji, ‘Alai Darwaza’ was also built and a court was made on the eastern side of the mosque.

Architecture of Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

An exultant example of Indo - Islamic architecture, the dimensions of the mosque include a central courtyard and a grand prayer hall located to its west, huge arcades made of greystone and a total of five bays. It also has an enormous central arch and comparatively smaller side arches. Both the screens and the pillars are carved with floral designs and religious texts. The mausoleum is built on an elevated platform with an ornate dome shaped entrance borrowed from the Hindu temples. The iron pillar is located in the front while the very popular Qutub Minar is located to its west.

Best Time To Visit Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

Winters, early Spring or Late Autumn, is the ideal time to visit this place due to the infamous Delhi heat. The summers can get scorching and sultry, and your visit can get unbearable and really uncomfortable.

Tips For Visiting Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

1. It is advisable to carry a bottle of water to stay hydrated.
2. Carry some cash if you wish to buy knick-knacks and local souvenirs from stray stalls outside the mausoleum.
3. Try visiting in the early hours of the morning to avoid the tourist rush.

How To Reach Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque is situated within the Qutub Minar complex. The nearest metro station to the Qutub Minar complex is Qutub Minar Metro station situated on the yellow line connecting Samaypur Badli and Huda City Centre. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) also runs state buses which are relatively more economical. The nearest bus stop to Qutub Minar complex is Mehrauli Bus Terminal. You can get down either at the bus stop or the metro station and can hire shared auto rickshaws or battery rickshaws to get to your destination.

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