Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid)

Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid)

Friday Mosque (Jama Masjid)
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Emperor Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal, commissioned this mosque in 1644. It remains the largest mosque in India.
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  • Smokey128
    Johannesburg, South Africa551 contributions
    Quite in the storm of Old Delhi
    This beautiful white marble and red sandstone Mosque is a beautiful quiet space in the storm that is Old Delhi. The beautiful interior with its colonnades and chandelier are exquisite. Carry a pair of thick socks with you otherwise you will have to buy slippers as the marble floors get very hot in the heat of summer. Be warned they are not supposed to charge you for gowns ( ladies) and sarongs( for men wearing shorts) but they do try and it will depend on your guide. If you want to take photos you will need to pay a camera charge so only take one in if you are in a group otherwise entrance is free.
    Visited March 2020
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 March 2020
  • heidilimusic
    10 contributions
    Staff Scam on female tourists! "photo Charge" is also too expensive!
    Felt like being scammed forcefully by official staff: Me and my mum both had proper clothing covering from top to bottom without revealing any skin. We even had scarf to cover hair. But staff "forced" us and all foreign female tourists to pay extra for their "robes"  in order to enter.  (and funny enough, it is not required to cover hair! just wear the ugly and expensive robe)!   Despite my attempt to argue with them about the fact that it is not written as a rule at the entry nor can they provide a receipt for the robe charge. They insisted me to pay or I couldn't go inside! Very frustrating, maybe I should have threatened them that I would take a pic of their staff badge and report to authority! note that once we are inside, we can see locals (including non muslim females) simply dress with long pants and long sleeves and are not forced to wear robes they provide. A "photo charge" is applied to everyone with photo taking device including mobile phone. I feel that this is also a rip off but at least this is clearly written at the entrance. But this is way too expensive as an "entrance" fee to this mosque courtyard. You literally can go in, snap some pics and that's it. You cannot go inside the mosque building. Only the external courtyard area.
    Visited January 2020
    Written 10 February 2020
  • Karen P
    Girona, Spain923 contributions
    Beautiful building but the square quite p
    After climbing the steps to this mosque, shoes must be removed & ladies must enter separately & wear a special covering. Inside you are free to wander around the worshippers square but can not enter the prayer hall. Beautiful from the outside but pales against the many marble buildings I visited later on my trip.
    Visited January 2020
    Written 8 April 2020
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Andythebaggie
Birmingham, UK2,302 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This Mughal era mosque is still the largest in India. We approached from the market, there are some steep steps to climb. At the top you need to leave your footwear (our tour guide payed the correct bribe to ensure they were still there after our visit). The floor is hot and not the cleanest (you are allowed to wear your hotel slippers). You also need to cover up bare legs and shoulders, sarongs and garment are provided for this (more tipping).
The courtyard is massive and apparently accommodates up to 25k worshippers. The architecture is good, sandstone and marble, nice domes and minarets. The large prayer niche is of marble.
You can walk inside and take pictures and there are fine views of the red fort and lots of kites and pigeons (which are fed by the locals).
Written 27 September 2023
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Dennis P
Melbourne, Australia2,096 contributions
Feb 2023
The Masjid-i-Jehan-Numa (lit. 'World-reflecting Mosque'), is commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in India.[1]

The mosque was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656, and inaugurated by its first Imam, Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari. It is situated in the centre of Delhi not far from the Red Fort. It served as the imperial mosque of the Mughal emperors until the demise of that empire in 1857. The Jama Masjid was regarded as a symbolic node of Islamic power across India, well into the colonial era. It was also a site of political significance during several key periods of British rule. It remains in active use, and is one of Delhi's most iconic sites, closely identified with the ethos of Old Delhi.

This is a fascinating site, as a mosque it is capable ofaccommodating 25000 worshippers in the outdoor courtyard.

A dress code is applied, ie no bare legs, bare arms etc. To provide for this a modest covering can be hired at a very minimal costs.

We wre not allowed entry to the mosque itself unless worshipping. This was somewhat disappointing .
Written 22 March 2023
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia6,171 contributions
Feb 2023
Another Shah Jahan, constructed in his favorite colors, red (sandstone) and white (marble), and located in the center of Old Delhi. It is very elegant with its onion-domes and minarets. As in most active religious sites, one has to show respect by covering up and taking off shoes (not always pleasant stepping through pigeon droppings on the hot pavement).
The whole complex is accessible through 3 gates and is build around a large courtyard ; in the middle lies a large ablution tank. It certainly pays to spend a little time in the prayer hall to admire the calligraphy, seven mihrabs and especially the marble floor, which looks like a prayer mat.
Written 22 March 2023
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akghosal
Stoke-on-Trent, UK57 contributions
Feb 2023
Although I didn't spend a lot of time there, it is a beautiful mosque in Central Delhi built during the Mughal period and even though there were lots of people visiting it, it wasn't chaotically busy and the mosque was relatively clean and well maintained despite its age. Was also my very first visit to a mosque and there were some nice views of the Red Fort from the sides of the building and it was relatively easy to get around.
Written 11 March 2023
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Surya Katakam
Hyderabad, India1,925 contributions
Apr 2022
Jama Masjid is a spectacular mosque of India which was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in Delhi. Construction started in 1644 and completed by 1656. Jama Masjid is situated in the heart of Central Delhi and is located at walkable distance from Red Fort. One can reach here by Delhi Metro and Jama Masjid stations falls on the Violet Metro Line route.

Architecture of Jama Masjid:
Jama Masjid is built in Indo-Islamic style, facing west and oriented towards the holy city Mecca. This is made with Red Sand stone and white Marbles. A Brilliant Mughal Architecture, Ostad Khalil was Architecture for this Masjid Also. Shah Jahan built three massive arched gates, marble domes, two giant minarets and four small minarets. Jama Masjid has total three entrances on East, North and South. North and South gates are regularly used by visitors while the East gate, right across the road from the Rod fort is opened on Every Friday only.

Interesting Facts about Jama Masjid:
1. This Mosque is largest Mosque of India which can hold up to 25,000 people at a time.
2. Approx. Construction cost at that time was 10 Lakh Rupees and around 5000 workers were involved in this construction and same was supervised by Saadullah Khan, who was the Emperor's Prime Minister at that time.
3. This Mosque was inaugurated on 23rd July 1656 by Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari who was an Imam whom Shah Jahan invited from Uzbekistan.
4. This Mosque was initially called Masjid-I- Jahan Numa, meaning "The mosque that reflects the World". Later same was named Jama Masjid and also called as Friday Mosque.
5. It is believed that Shah Jahan built this Masjid to promote unity in the world. Jama Masjid was the final architectural triumph of Shah Jahan.
6. Jama Masjid has survived two terrorist attacks. in 2006 a bomb explosion took place and in 2010 Firing happened.

Timings:
Morning 07:00-12:00 and Evening 01:30-06:30
Written 28 January 2023
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Vinod M
Mumbai, India227 contributions
Oct 2022
this is the biggest mosque in India. we went there around 4pm in the evening. it is a beautiful sight at sunset.
of course, there will be lot of crowds visiting here all the time. but there are many entrances.
you will get a battery operated rickshaw taking you from red fort to the mosque entrance.
A dress code is there. you cannot wear short pants, three fourths pants are not allowed.
Full pants (covering the knee) is required. you cannot wear shoes inside the place of worship.
Written 31 October 2022
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Murtala Dodo
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
A very beautiful and historical cum spiritual site,The memory will live with me for the rest of my days is cool and highly magnificent the architectural design is full of wonders considering the time of construction
Written 18 September 2022
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IndiaAgraTravels
Agra District, India1,909 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Very beautiful. We have enjoyed this trip. Jama is very nice and we have not seen something like this before ..
We took many pictures and enjoyed a lot..
Written 22 August 2022
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Dr_Hafizur_Rahman
Dhaka City, Bangladesh22 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Leargest mosque of India. One of the best place for muslim and others to visit at Delhi. Mosque from 16th century. This place is surrounded by lots of shops with old delhi delicacy from Mughal traditions. A big crowded place but must to visit.

Tips: if you want to perform Salah please don’t take your backpack. Security guards are very strict regarding this for security reason. Even the shopkeepers refuse to keep the back pack for time being.
Written 8 July 2022
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ade
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Most commercial mosque I’ve ever visited.. wore a long dress but the entrance folks said not appropriate and had to pay for this hideous smelly gown which was ridiculously hot … complete scam for 5 minute look into the mosque which isn’t big and tourists are allowed to enter the prayer section. The courtyard floor was very hot as we went in the afternoon to walk in bare feet (you need to remove shoes in mosque) and upon exiting they ask for more money for looking after your shoes!! Am utterly disgusted with such behaviour at a place of religious worship .. pleas skip this place - ud not have missed anything out.. the outside looks far better than the interior …
Written 15 April 2022
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