Islam, a beautiful religion which spread the message of one God, is the second largest religion in the world. Spreading the teaching of Muhammad, the last messenger of God, Islam is considered as the fastest growing major religion in the world. The followers of Islam are called Muslims.
India has been under the reign of many Muslim dynasties which has filled this country with amazing heritage sites, culture and rich traditions. Apart from Agra and Delhi, Gujarat has been a favorite destination for Muslim rulersthat serve as the major important gateway to Hajj.
From early 14th century till 250 years after that, Gujarat has been flourished with the many Indo-Islamic architecture and shrines which we will discuss today in this post. Ahmedabad, the former capital of Gujarat is filled with many Islamic shrines which were built to showcase the opulence of Muslim rulers. Here are some of the most prominent mosques or Muslim shrines in Ahmedabad –
- Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad
- Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
- Rani Sipri Mosque
- Sidi Bashir Mosque
- Rani Rupamati’s Mosque
1. Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad
Located on the Manek Chowk of Ahmedabad, Jama Masjid is a beautiful place constructed gracefully by Ahmed Shah I in 1423. This beautiful Indo-Islamic shrine is also known as Jumma Masjid. According to the historians the yellow sandstones which by which this shrine was built was retrieved from demolished Hindu and Jain temples. People on their north India tourism love travelling this place.
1. Interior of mosque is illuminated by natural light filter through lattice work.
2. There are 15 domes and 300 pillars in the sanctuary of mosque.
3. Beautifully carved terraces, walls and arabesque are most important part of the interior.
2. Sidi Saiyyed Mosque
The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad is the prominent landmark of Gujarat. It is famous for its intrigue latticework on its windows. Popularly known as Sidi Saiyyed Ni Jaali this amazing shrine was built in 1573 AD. This mosque is one of the last few Islamic shrines which were built during Mughal Reign. People on their north India tours would love visiting this shrine which is famous for carved jalis. These carved jalis become famous worldwide and are known as the unofficial symbol of Ahmedabad.
1. The mosque is famous for beautiful ten stone latticework windows which are known as jalis and rear arches.
2. During British reign the place was used as s government office.
3. Rani Sipri Mosque
It is one of the oldest mosques in India. Rani Sipri Mosque is a worth visiting Muslim Shrine that you can visit during your north India tours. This mosque was also known as the Rani Asni’s Mosque previously and was built in 1514 AD. It is believed that Hindu Rani of Mahmud Begada, the sultan of Gujarat commissioned its constructions. This amazing mosque is the beautiful example of inter-religion marriages back in that time conservative time when casteism and religious belief were on the edge of sword. After the death of Rani Sipri, she was buried in the mosque.
1. Due to its elegant and graceful Hindu-Islamic architectural style mosque is known as Masjid-e-Nagina.
2. Interior of the mosque is consists of intricately carved decoration.
3. There is a separate worship place for women folk.
4. Sidi Bashir Mosque
One of its kind mosque Sidi Bashir mosques in Ahmedabad is known for its unique architect and uniquely build minaret. Thus this mosque is also often called Jhulta Minar or Shaking Minarets. According to the historians the place is believed to be built by Sidi Bashir, slave of Sultan Ahmed. Today the minarets and arched central gateway remain as the remaining gateway was destroyed in 1753 during the war between Marathas and Khan of Gujarat Sultanate. Jhulta Minar today is considered as one of the most prominent tourist places in Ahmedabad.
1. Minaret is built in such a way that if one minar will shake other also shakes.
2. There were total of 4 mosques in mosque but British destroyed one minaret in order to learn the science Shaking Minarets.
5. Rani Rupamati’s Mosque
Listed as one of the prominent mosque in Ahmedabad, Rani Rupamati’s Mosque is a place worth visiting during your India tourism. The beautiful mosque just like early 14th century architecture this mosque also displays a perfect blend of Hindu-Islamic architectural design. This holy place in Ahmedabad was built in 1440 and is named after Sultan’s Hindu wife Rupmati.
1. The major attractions of the place are high central arch, three beautiful domes, slim minarets, carved galleries and intrigue mihrab.
2. All the three domes are attached with a flat roof and are supported with the rows of 12 pillars each.
3. The another name of mosque is Masjid –E – Nagina.
All these Muslim shrines and many more play a significant position in India Tour Packages. Visiting these mosques / shrines will surely drench you into the divine and alluring aura that will linger in your memories for the lifetime. Here are more few names that you might want to consider visiting. The names are as follows –
1. Raj Babri Mosque
2. Ahmed Shah’s Mosque
3. Jami Masjid in Cambay
4. Jama Masjid in Baruch
5. Chhoti Masjid in Bhadreswar