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    Jama Masjid in Delhi

    India is a land of natural beauty and man-made magnificence. While natural wonders offer striking sights to travelers, monumental beauties and structural grandeur of temples, monuments, palaces, churches, forts, and mosques in India amuse people from all over the world. 

    These imposing structures showcase fine design patterns, stunning architecture, and excellent miniature work. These elements glorify the interiors and exteriors of Indian mosques, most of which belong to the medieval period and certainly are a treat to the eyes.

    Let’s glance at some of the fascinating and outstanding mosques in India that boast of immensely mesmerizing structure and decor.

    1. Jama Masjid, New Delhi – The largest mosque in India

    A flock of birds flying past Jama Masjid in Delhi

    Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1644. It is one of the most popular Islamic sites in the country and has the capacity to accommodate almost 25,000 devotees during prayers and religious events. This grand mosque is known for its incredible structure, three gigantic gates, four grand towers, and stunning internal marble décor.

    Must-see: Black and white ornamented marble inlay on the floor, minarets, domes, and arches

    Must Read: 20 Historical Places In Delhi For A Walk Through Time


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    2. Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad – One of the oldest Indian mosques

    Glorious view of Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on a bright day

    Mecca Masjid or Maccah Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in India, located near Chowmahalla Palace, Laad Bazaar in Hyderabad. Constructed by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah, it is named Mecca because it believed that the bricks and soil during its erection were transported from Mecca.

    Talking about the architectural patterns, the internal structure and external design of Mecca Masjid are strikingly beautiful. Also, giant prayer hall, passageways, arched galleries, octagonal balconies, minarets, and dome structure are impeccably crafted and designed.

    Must-see: Floral motifs, bright looking frescoes and beautiful inscriptions on arches with verses from Quran

    Suggested Read: 26 Reasons Why I Would Rather Be From Hyderabad Than Anywhere Else

    3. Bara Imambara, Lucknow – An unsupported wonder

    Interiors of Bara Imambara in Lucknow

    Built by the 4th Nawab of Awadh – Nawab Asaf-Ud-Dowhala – in 1784, Asafi Imambara is commonly known as Bara Imambara. It is one of the most popular and splendid mosques in India.

    Also, Bara Imambara is one of the largest unsupported structures of the country. The construction pattern made of Lakhnawi bricks and lime plaster is unique and immensely beautiful. The roof is built without using ant beam or girder and it is said that no metal or wood element was used during the construction.

    Must-see: Bhool Bhulaiya or Labyrinth with plenty of identical passages, doorways, and staircases

    4. Jamali-Kamali Mosque, Delhi – A haunted beauty

    A view Jamali-Kamali mosque in Mehrauli area in Delhi

    Located near Qutab Minar, Jamali-Kamali is an ancient mosque in Delhi, now mostly in ruins. The mosque and the two adjoining tombs – Jamali and Kamali were built with red sandstone and red marble. The décor and design of domes, prayer hall, central arch and courtyard are exceptionally charming and splendid.

    Located in Mehrauli village, the area around Jamali Kamali tombs and mosque is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Delhi.

    Must-see: The Mughal architectural splendor showcasing the Jharokha system, a practice which was introduced by the Mughals in India. Jharokha or balcony used to be a platform from where emperors directly communicated with general public face-to-face and attended to their grievances.

    Timings: 10 am to 6 am

    5. Jamia Masjid, Srinagar – A popular tourist place in Srinagar

    Jamia Masjid in Srinagar exhibiting imposing structure with landscaped garden

    Jamia Masjid is a classical Indian mosque, located near Nowhatta in Srinagar. It has a beautiful structure with enclosed courtyard, wooden pillars and well-maintained landscaped garden surrounding the mosque area.
    Following the orders of Mir Mohammad Hamadani, Sultan Sikandar Shah Kashmiri Shahmiri built this beautiful 1394 mosque in Kashmir.

    Must-see: Spectacular Indo-Saracenic architecture

    6. Nagina Masjid, Agra – The jewel mosque

    Nagina Masjid in the Agra Fort region showcasing beautiful white marble

    Located within Agra Fort, Nagina Masjid was built by Shah Jahan for the begums and womenfolk of royal families. This Mughal mosque of India is made of white marble and comprises of domes and a marble-paved court in the middle. The adjoining balcony offered beautiful views of the surroundings and of the Mina bazaar that operated on the front road.

    Must-see: Bangladar architecture and décor of Chajja and the parapet


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    7. Adhai Din ka Jhonpra, Ajmer – Another one of the oldest mosques in India

    Visitors watching Adhai Din ka Jhonpra in Ajmer overlooked by hills

    Adhai Din ka Jhonpra is a Sanskrit College converted to a mosque, located behind the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Some parts of this Indian mosque stand in ruins while some parts still reflect the architectural glory of the prayer hall, wall panels, and pillars made of yellow limestone.

    Constructed in a 7-year span – from 1192 to 1199, it was ready in 1199 was one of first few structures displaying Indo-Islamic architecture.

    Must-see: Beautiful inscriptions of Islamic calligraphy and Persian theme

    8. Jama Masjid, Agra – A symbol of paternal love

    Jama Masjid in Agra is another architectural splendor popular among visitors

    Built by Shahjahan for his daughter Jahanara Begum, Jama (also called as Jami) masjid is one of the beautiful mosques of India. The architectural splendor of colonnaded halls, square chambers, crowned domes, and central courtyard are designed with carved mihrabs, and look absolutely stunning.

    Must-see: Tomb of the popular Sufi Saint and Sheikh Salim Chisti, figurine of inverted lotus, and Kalash finials

    9. Hazratbal Masjid, Srinagar – Kashmir’s holiest Muslim shrine

    Overlooking dome and minaret of Hazratbal Masjid in Srinagar

    Situated on the left bank of Dal Lake, Hazratbal is an ancient masjid in India, consisting of one dome and one minaret. The mosque appears sparkling and impressive with its marble décor outlay and offers a breathtaking view of the lake.

    Must-see: Holy relic called the Moi-e-Muqaddas

    10. Taj-ul-Masajid, Bhopal – The tallest mosque in India

    People offering namaz in front of Taj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal

    Taj-ul-Masjid or the Crown of Mosques is a pink mosque, decorated and themed with vintage motifs taken of Syrian mosques. The massive octagonal minarets, arched doorways, nine cusped multiple entrances, and central prayer hall look stunningly gorgeous with the fresco paintings and Islamic inscriptions.

    Must-see: Quibla wall is engraved with eleven arches and has exclusive screens of trellis work.

    Picturesque as they are, these mosques in India truly are an epitome of craftsmanship & depict architectural proficiency of the bygone era. Plan a trip to these places and find it for yourself!

    Further Read: 20 Most Famous Historical Places In India: You Think You Know Them Well Enough?


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