Jama Masjid in Ahmedabad – What is a City without history? Ahmedabad City in the Gujarati state of India carries its own from the 17th century. The Masjid Jahan-Numa or in other words Jama Masjid Mosque is among the largest mosques in the beautiful land of India.
Tourist, Historian and even locals visit the Mosque in thousands every year. Some come for spiritual regain, others come to learn about history while others come to witness the magnificent architectural work of the 1600s. The building is a major part of the old walled city built by the founder of Ahmedabad, sultan Ahmed Shan. The mosque itself also holds some important historical sceneries such as the tomb of Ahmed Shan, his predecessor and the graves of queens and kings.
The building work happened between 1644 and 1656 under the ruler Mughal Emperor Shan Jahan at a cost of 1 million rupees. The mosque has two 40 meters Minaret made of red sandstone and white marbles. There are three main gates serving as the entrance to the building and four towers. The courtyard very large with a capacity of up to 25000 people. There is a total of 899 black borders marked for people attending worship.
Jama Masjid architectural style is a nice blend of Muslim and Hindu design. The reason for this is because the Mosque was built using stone and rubble salvaged from demolished Jain and Hindu temples. The main prayer room has a meshwork that allows direct illumination without direct sunlight.
For those visiting the top worship area, one has to go through a large stairwell and once you are at the top one has to remove his shoes. Women should wear robes as they visit the place. Those wishing to take photos in the building pay a small fee of about 300 rupees. The mosque is located 6 km north of Connaught Pl.