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Ahmed Shahs Mosque Ahmedabad

Ahmed Shah Mosque, also known as Jama Masjid, stands tall and majestic in the state of Ahmedabad. The name Jama Masjid means Friday mosque. Like all other mosques in the world, this mosque too witnesses lots of devotees on Friday as it is a special day for Muslims. Built around 1424, this was not only one of the grandest mosques in India but also the largest. This mosque was built during the rule of Ahmed Shah, therefore it is commonly known as Ahmed Shah mosque. This mosque is a landmark destination of Ahmedabad as it the most visited tourist destination in the city.

Where is this Mosque Built ?

When tourists go to the ancient area of Ahmedabad, it is difficult to miss this grand mosque. This is a grand structure that can be found right at the opposite of the famous Mahatma Gandhi Road. The entire plan and structure of the mosque was the brain child of Emperor Ahmed Shah. Towards the south of this mosque, one can find the artistic Teen Darwaza, also known as the door with the three arches. Towards the west of the mosque, there are majestic tombs of Ahmed Shah, his son and grandson. The Queen and many other wives of the Emperor are buried at a place not too distant from the tombs. The Queen’s grave is also known as Rani Ki Hazira, whereas the king’s tomb is known as Ahmed Shah Rauza.

Style of Construction

The Ahmed Shah mosque was built according to the Indo-Sarsenic Islamic style of architecture. The basic raw material used for construction was yellow sandstone. When the construction was completed in 1424, this majestic mosque had a whopping 15 domes and 260 spires. Tourists can choose one of the three entrances to get into the mosque. While the main entrance is found at the centre, there are two other entrances at the sides of the mosque.

The courtyard in which the mosque is built upon is rectangular in shape and has a measurement of 75x66m. On three sides of the courtyard, one can find huge porticos or walkways, while on the fourth side which faces east, there is the main prayer room. This room has around 4 domes which contain intricate designs on them in the shape of lotuses and bells. The colonnades are filled with sacred relics from Arab and the courtyard’s floor is made of white and shining marble. Like all other mosques of that period, this mosque too contains beautiful and artistic designs on yellow sandstone. There was a massive earthquake in 1819, in which the two minarets in the upper portion were destroyed. The domes make the walkways illuminated and beautiful. The shadows cast on the mosque as one walks through it, adds to the charm of the place. The prayer wall is also known as Qibla and it is marked by excellent decorations and carvings made from stone and other items. Though it was inaugurated on 4th January 1424 by Ahmed Shah I for the sole use of the kings, it later on became a place that was frequented by the common public too.

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