Jamali Kamali Tomb and Mosque

Jamali Kamali Tomb and Mosque

Jamali Kamali Tomb and Mosque
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Madhulika L
By Madhulika L
A beautiful old mosque, a tomb that’s kept closed
4.0 of 5 bubblesNov 2022
Situated inside the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, this mosque and the tomb adjacent to it are among the park’s best-known attractions, right next door to the car parking. The mosque, built in grey Delhi quartzite and red sandstone, is a beautiful but stark one, its architecture very recognizably early Mughal (its bears a resemblance to the Qila-e-Kohna Mosque at Purana Qila, which, like this one, dates approximately to Humayun’s period). The mosque has some lovely (though dusty, and strewn with pigeon feathers) carved arches and mihrabs inside. The mosque is no longer in use, so you need not take off your shoes to enter. The mosque takes its common name from the person buried in the tomb next door, ‘Jamaali’, a much-revered mystic and poet of the era. The ‘kamaali’ of the name is debated: it may refer to a companion of Jamaali’s, or may even be a nonsensical add-on to the mystic’s name, not signifying anything or anyone concrete. The tomb of Jamaali-Kamaali stands in a large enclosure that is kept locked. I have been lucky enough to have visited this several times many years ago, when a caretaker could usually be found to open it and let visitors (always accompanied by the caretaker) inside the tomb. If you are able to get the tomb unlocked, do have a look - the interior of the tiny tomb is covered with exquisite and very intricate painting, in patterns of red and blues.

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Neighbourhood: Mehrauli/Qutub Minar
Home to the most beautiful step wells in the country, Jamali Kamali Mosque and a 200 acre park with facets of heritage peeping at you from every nook and cranny, Mehrauli is one of those treasure houses where the stories of the past can go on for years. Visitors need a whole day at the Mehrauli Archaeological Park to truly enjoy the opulent 1000-year old legacy of this neighbourhood. A great spot for picnics, this giant heritage park with Qutub Minar in the backdrop, has become a popular cricket playground among the local youngsters. Mehrauli has a number of artistic gems that have been converted into stunning art galleries & rooftop restaurants popular for a grand view of the Qutub Minar and large part of South Delhi.
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Madhulika L
Noida, India6,320 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Situated inside the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, this mosque and the tomb adjacent to it are among the park’s best-known attractions, right next door to the car parking. The mosque, built in grey Delhi quartzite and red sandstone, is a beautiful but stark one, its architecture very recognizably early Mughal (its bears a resemblance to the Qila-e-Kohna Mosque at Purana Qila, which, like this one, dates approximately to Humayun’s period). The mosque has some lovely (though dusty, and strewn with pigeon feathers) carved arches and mihrabs inside. The mosque is no longer in use, so you need not take off your shoes to enter. The mosque takes its common name from the person buried in the tomb next door, ‘Jamaali’, a much-revered mystic and poet of the era. The ‘kamaali’ of the name is debated: it may refer to a companion of Jamaali’s, or may even be a nonsensical add-on to the mystic’s name, not signifying anything or anyone concrete.

The tomb of Jamaali-Kamaali stands in a large enclosure that is kept locked. I have been lucky enough to have visited this several times many years ago, when a caretaker could usually be found to open it and let visitors (always accompanied by the caretaker) inside the tomb. If you are able to get the tomb unlocked, do have a look - the interior of the tiny tomb is covered with exquisite and very intricate painting, in patterns of red and blues.
Written 1 December 2022
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Mayank Rajput
New Delhi, India22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
I visited last week with my friend at jamali tomb, this is great place where we can enjoyed very much 😊 and play the game
Written 12 April 2022
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Nidhi C
Chennai (Madras), India141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Solo
This is part of the larger Mehrauli Archeological complex and is a quiet, serene spot. I loved walking around the grounds.
Written 26 January 2022
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Sonia Handa | Trip Designer
New Delhi, India1,660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Recently visited Jamai Kamali tomb & Mosque with husband. This place is peaceful, has a history, and a certain enigma about it.
Written 25 June 2021
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JoyBose
Bengaluru, India377 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Solo
This is part of Mehrauli archeological park. It is a thirteenth century mosque with very beautiful architecture. There are three domes and inside there are beautiful carvings on the walls, of Quranic verses. It also has a well and a tomb structure inside the complex. There is also an ancient huge tree. Definitely worth seeing.
Written 24 January 2021
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Vikas Singh
Ghaziabad, India4,140 contributions
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Dec 2019
"Jamali" was the name given to Shaikh Fazlu'llah, also known as Shaikh Jamali Kamboh or Jalal Khan, a renowned Sufi saint who lived during the rule of the Lodi's. Kamali was an unknown person but associated with Jamali and his background is not that well knownThe mosque and the tomb were constructed in 1528-1529, and Jamali was buried in the tomb after his death in 1535. The tomb is a decorated square structure with a flat roof, located adjacent to the mosque on its northern side. Inside the chamber, the flat ceiling is plastered and ornately decorated. It is painted in red and blue with some Koranic inscriptions, and the walls are adorned with inlaid coloured tiles inscribed with Jamali's poems. The decorations in the tomb have been described as giving the impression of "stepping into a jewel box".
Written 8 April 2020
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Payal G
Mumbai, India1,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Jamali was the pseudonym of a Sufi saint poet who was given a high position in the courts of Sultan Sikandar Lodi as well the first two of the Mughal emperors Babar and Humayun. Kamali has been variously described as his follower, wife, lover and brother with the person's real identity lost in history. Their tombs in its complex give the mosque its name.

Construction of this elegant mosque was completed during Humayun's time and was the precursor of the elegant construction style that symbolises the Mughal era in India. Built in red sandstone it has beautiful arches and domes.

The atmosphere was serene especially due to absence of any crowd in the afternoon. It offers a great location for photography. It is the best maintained and elegant building in the premises, located opposite the Metcalfe's Folly with the stables behind it.

Entry to the Mehrauli Archaeological Park is free for all and the place is a must visit place in New Delhi.
Written 7 January 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK1,85,732 contributions
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Dec 2019
This mosque complex was built and named in honour of Shaikh Jamali Kamboh, a Lodi Dynasty era Sufi saint who was revered by the islamic rulers of the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Empire. The mosque is beautifully preserved considering it’s been around since the early 16th century. The main prayer hall is like many Lodi era mosques in Delhi, that is, narrow and looks like a colonnade. Entrance to the hall is through one of 5 archways, with the central arch decorated using common Lodi architectural flourishes such fluted columns and oriel windows.

An interesting feature of the prayer hall is the corner joints between the arches. Instead of the usual recess typical of Lodi architecture, the corners protrude outwards with what looks like cornices stacked one above another.

The Jamali Kamali Tomb and Mosque is the best thing to see in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, and being free makes it well worth the time to visit.
Written 30 December 2019
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S B Khare
New Delhi, India112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The complex consists of a mosque known as Jamali Kamali mosque and the tomb of maker of this mosque Jamal Khan, a saint, poet and philosopher in the reign of Sikander Lodhi and Mughal emperor Humayun. It is a medium size two storeyed mosque but very elegant in construction in red stones. The central arched entrance flanked by two more smaller arches on each side present a very grand facade. The two medallions on the front arch and carved pillars go on to adding beauty to the monument. People generally skip this monument which is just by the side of Qutab Minar but not in the gated portion and one needs to come apart from visiting Qutab Minar.
Written 14 November 2019
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Jovial Holiday
New Delhi, India101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
The Jamali Kamali Mosque, built-in 1528-1529 during the reign of Babur and positioned in an enclosed garden area, is built in red sandstone with white marble embellishments in the Archaeological Village complex in Mehrauli, Delhi.
Written 21 July 2019
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