Located in one of the oldest and busiest corners of Old Delhi, the Jama Masjid is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, its construction started in 1644 and completed in 1658. The masjid has marvelous a courtyard that can hold upto 25,000 devotees, having three large gates, four towers, and two 40 meters high minarets one of which can be a move for stunning perspectives.
The mosque marks the phase of transition in Islamic art, as indigenous architectural elements were blended with Persian elements. The pillared dalan of the facade, the liwan with three arched openings framed by panels and crowned by five chhatris and the central mihrab adorned with an inlaid mosaic of stones that are bordered by glazed tiles, and golden inscriptions on a royal blue background is a tribute to this fusion. The interiors of the liwan are adorned with watercolour paintings depicting stylized floral designs. The dado panels, spandrels of arch and soffits are painted profusely. Unlike other monuments, where domes are supported on squinches, here corbelled pendentives support the dome.
There are various passageway doors, however just Gate 1 (south side), Gate 2 (east), and Gate 3 (north) permit admittance to the mosque for guests. The eastern gate of the Mosque was initially for royal use only. The passageway is free, however you need to purchase a ₹300 ticket in the event that you are conveying a camera of any kind (counting a camera mobile), regardless of whether you don’t expect to take photographs.
Once inside, you can purchase a different ₹100 pass to climb the 121 stages up the thin southern minaret (sees the state that unaccompanied ladies are not allowed). From the head of the minaret, you can perceive how modeler Edwin Lutyens consolidated the mosque into his plan of New Delhi – the Jama Masjid, Connaught Place and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House) are in an immediate line.
Visitors must wear conservative clothes and take off their shoes before entering the mosque, Although you can take your shoes with you if you wish to leave through a different gate, or are concerned about choosing them (many locals do so).
Jama Masjid entry fee for Indian which is INR 50 and for foreign tourists it’s just INR 300. Additional charges are also applied for climbing the minaret towers. The charge may consist of INR 300 for “camera fee” ( optional).
How you can Visit Jama Masjid
You can Find traffic in the Old City it can be a nightmare for you but fortunately, by taking the Delhi Metro train it can be avoided. This made much easier in May 2017, when the Delhi Metro opened. It’s an underground extension of the Violet Line and the Jama Masjid Metro Station Connecting to the mosque’s main eastern Gate 2 (through Chor Bazaar street market). The area outside the mosque really excites at night during & in the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims break their everyday fast. Special food walking tours are conducted.
On Eid-ul-Fitr, on the last day of Ramadan, the mosque is filled with devotees who come to offer special prayers.
What Else to Do Nearby
If you’re a non-vegetarian, try the eateries around the Jama Masjid. Karim’s, opposite Gate 1, is an iconic Delhi restaurant. It’s been in business there since 1913. Al Jawahar is another renowned restaurant next to Karim’s.
Are you Hungry & want to eat somewhere nearby the market?
Head towards the Walled City Cafe & Lounge in a 200-year-old mansion a couple of minutes walk south from (Gate 1), along Hauz Qazi Road. One more expensive place is in the Old City which is the best restaurant (Lakhori restaurant at Haveli Dharampura), also in a beautifully restored mansion. Most tourists plan to visit the Red Fort along with Jama Masjid.
You can Find Chandni Chowk insanely jammed and jumbled, with both blowing sounds vehicles and people. Although, it can be definitely worth experiencing !!! Foodies may enjoy tasting the street food and can find some top of these top places. If you’re looking into something offbeat & interested you can find it in Old Delhi, just visit the out Asia’s largest spice market or called painted houses at Naughara.
Near to the Jama Masjid, you can find exploring & attractive that includes the Charity Birds Hospital at Digambar Jain Temple opposite the Red Fort, and Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib near Chandni Chowk Metro Station (9th Sikh gurus, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded by Aurangzeb). On Sunday if you’re in the neighborhood in the afternoon, you can observe a famous free traditional Indian wrestling match known as (kushti), at Urdu Park, near to the Meena Bazaar. It gets underway at 4 p.m.
It’s easy to feel consciously overwhelmed in Old Delhi, so don’t forget to take a guide for a walking tour if you want to explore.
- Timings: Mon-Sun- 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM
- Entry Fee:Entry is Free
- Photography: Rs 200 for Photography
- Spending Hours: 1 to 2 hours in a day
Is the Jama Masjid Largest Mosque?
Jama Masjid is, currently, the largest mosque in the world and has the capacity to accommodate a whopping 25000 people in its courtyard, and a total of 85000 people on its premises.
What’s inside the Jama Masjid?
The cabinet located in the north gate has a collection of relics of Muhammad – the Quran written on deerskin, a red beard-hair of the prophet, his sandals and his footprints embedded in a marble block. The floor plan of the mosque is similar to that of the Jama Masjid of Agra.
Which is the India’s Greatest Mosque?
The Taj-ul-Masajid (Arabic: تَاجُ ٱلْمَسَاجِد, romanized: Tāj-ul-Masājid, lit. ‘Crown of the Mosques’) or Tāj-ul-Masjid (تَاجُ ٱلْمَسْجِد), is a mosque situated in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. It is the largest mosque in India and one of the largest mosques in Asia.
How Old is The Mosque?
The Quba Mosque is the oldest mosque and one of the first in Islam. Not to be confused with the Kaaba which is the oldest sacred site in Islam. The Kaaba is not a mosque but a holy site located near the Great Mosque of Mecca.