The Jahan Numa Masjid or Jama Masjid is a popular religious
and holy place for Muslims. It is counted under the top Muslim auspicious
places to visit in Delhi. It happens to be the largest
mosque in Delhi, India. The construction of the Jama Masjid started in 1650 by
Shah Jahan. It took six years for the architects to complete the construction.
Featuring two 40 meters high Minarets and three major entrance gates, the
mosque was adorned with red sandstone and white shining marble. The Masjid
built by Shah Jahan’s descendant in Pakistan resembles the architecture of Jama
Masjid. This Islamic architecture features 3 massive domes and 2 minarets that
stand at a height of 135 ft. Moreover, the Mughal emperor invited Imam Abdul
Gafoor Shah from Uzbekistan to execute the inauguration of the mosque in 1656.
The courtyard can house 2,500 worshippers. Apart from Red
Fort and Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid is considered one of the most beautiful
architectural projects of Shah Jahan. Thousands of Muslims visit the mosque
every day (especially, during Ramadan) to seek blessings of Allah. Only Muslims
are allowed to enter the mosque during Namaaz time. The food and book stalls
found outside the palace add to its beauty.
Sitting in the old Delhi i.e. in Chandni Chowk, many Mughal
sites and historical monuments surround the mosque. The construction of Jama
Masjid required a whopping one million (of the ancient times) and approx five
thousand workers. The palace boasts serenity. Jama Masjid is a must-visit
tourist attraction and a sacred site in Delhi. You will need to cross 121 steps
to reach the mosque. The fascinating and huge central dome signifies the beauty
of Islamic and Mughal architecture. Built by Shah Jahan, J Sadaullah Khan was
responsible for managing the construction of the Jama Masjid project. Schedule
a visit to Jama Masjid to explore the beautiful blend of limestone and marble.