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JAMA MASJID

Jama Masjid is the oldest and the most amazing mosque of Ahmedabad built in 1424 during the reign of King Ahmed Shah. Jama Masjid is located in the older part of the city opposite to the Mahatma Gandhi Road on the eastern side of Teen Darwaza.

Jama Masjid was the biggest mosque of the Indian subcontinent built during Ahmed Shah’s rule. Designed as a part of a major plan desired by Ahmed Shah, the mosque is located south of the processional axis that extends from the Maidan-e-Shah at the Teen Darwaza.

It is built with yellow sandstone and the mosque complex is centred on a large rectangular courtyard 75m long and 66m wide. One can enter the court b three entrances, one at the centre of each side. The prayer room is also rectangular and covered by four domes. Some of the central domes are carved like a lotus flower, closely related to the typical jain temples , and some of the pillars are covered with the form of a bell hanging on a chain, in accordance to the bells hanging in the Hindu temples. The main entrance is framed by two columns, the remains of two minarets which were destroyed by the earthquakes of 1819 and 1957. The Jama Masjid is often filled with the followers and worshippers every evening and mostly on Eid.

 

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Photography courtesy : Nirav Ashoka Prajapati

 

JAMA MASJID MAP

 

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