Jama Masjid, Ahmadabad, Gujarat

Jama Masjid is a mosque located in the capital city of Ahmadabad of the Indian state of Gujarat. This mosque is known for a large courtyard situated at the centre of the mosque. This mosque was built during the rule of Ahmed Shah I in the year 1424. The entire mosque was built with pure yellow sandstone and is known for its large rectangular-shaped courtyard which really looks astounding and fascinating.

The mosque was built according to the Indo-Saracenic architecture style where the dome of the mosque is built and carved into the shape of a lotus flower. The lotus carving was made similar to the carvings in the Jain temples across India. The floor in the courtyard was made with pure white marble and you can see the Arabic calligraphy painted on the marble. Gujarat is prone to earthquakes and during the earthquake in 1819, the archway of the mosque collapsed which was the main entrance to the Jama Masjid. Even now the remains of the archway can be clearly seen while visiting the mosque.

The Jama Masjid’s literal translation in English is Friday Mosque. The mosque is truly an amazingly beautiful one and surely a must visit for any tourist, traveller or visitor visiting the state of Gujarat. Being the largest mosque in the whole of the country, the mosque is anyway a highly important religious monument for the Muslims and when the historical significance is added to it, it just adds to its significance and glory without any element of doubt whatsoever.

Timings

Jama Masjid open at 04:15 AM to 10:00 PM

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