Among all the historical monuments built during Islamic rule, the mosques built in this era also play an important role in forming the culture and heritage of the country. Here in this post we are going to discuss about the 6 best mosques in India which will take you to the bygone Islamic era of the country.
- Jama Masjid in Delhi
- Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad
- Taj-ul-Masajid in Bhopal
- Bara Imambara in Lucknow
- Jama Masjid in Agra
- Jamali-Kamali Mosque in Delhi
1. Jama Masjid in Delhi
Jama Masjid in Delhi is one of the finest examples of Mughal era. This is India’s largest and oldest mosque built by Shah Jahan in 1644 AD. Jama Masjid accommodates 25000 devotees at once. This historical shrine is an integral part of Delhi tourism. The architecture of the building includes impressive details such as beautifully carved minarets, intrigue domes, charismatic arches doors and beautiful grand towers with three huge gates. The white and black marbles gives the ornamented marbles which gives the impression of the Jama Masjid in Agra.
2. Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad
This divine Islamic shrine is one of the oldest mosques in India. Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad is located to the prominent landmarks of Chowmahalla Palace, Laad Bazaar. The shrine was constructed by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah. According to the historians the central arch of mosque was made with soil which was brought from the Hollowed city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The architecture of the mosque includes five passageways, arched galleries and octagonal balconies, four minarets which are attached with small dome. The main prayer hall of the masjid can accommodate 10000 devotees at once. Mosque took 77 years to build.
3. Taj-ul-Masajid in Bhopal
Taj-ul-Masjid one of the prominent mosques in India has the literal meaning to “Crown of Mosques”. The place is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh is generally known for Indian wildlife tourism. The mosque was built in two periods during the reign of Nawab Shah Jahan Begum from 1844-1860 and 1868-1901). Ancient motifs from 1250 Syrian mosques, marble domes, nine cusped multiple openings and the main prayer hall.
4. Bara Imambara in Lucknow
This Muslim shrine is a beautiful place that holds a prominent place in Islamic tourism in India. The Bara Imambara masjid was built by 4th Nawab of Awadh, Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula Bada Imambara and is named after him. The mosque is located in Lucknow and is counted among the most spectacular architectural marvel of the country. It took 14 years to build this mosque. The mosque is built with small bricks called Lakhnawi bricks. Bhool Bhulaiya is a major attraction that is having 1000 passages along with 489 identical doorways that goes up and down.
5. Jama Masjid in Agra
Built in 1648 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for her daughter Jahanara this beautiful shrine houses a central nave with single dome with two colonnaded halls on both sides. The architecture of the mosques includes two square chambers with crowned domes, small rooms, arch entrances towards the courtyard. The mosque also houses with the tomb of renowned Sufi saint Sheikh Salim Chisti. One can enjoy visiting this place during Agra day tours.
6. Jamali-Kamali Mosque in Delhi
Delhi has been under the reign of various Muslim dynasties and thus it is obvious that one can find various Muslim shrines in Delhi. People on their Delhi tourism love visiting all historical monuments and among all Jamali Kamali mosque in Delhi also plays an important role. It was built in 1528-29 with Red Sandstone. With marble faceds, garden area, large courtyard, a prayer hall with central arch with domes is the major attraction of the place.