Jama Masjid

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Jama Masjid New Delhi Reviews

FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
229 reviews
Largest Mosque in India Jan 19, 2016
Jama Masjid or Masjid-i Jahan Numa meaning World Reflecting Mosque is the largest mosque in India. Entrance is free but you need to pay Rs200 for your cameras (as is always the case when visiting places of interest in India). This mosque is located in the Old Delhi area and surrounded by many shops (kind of like a market) selling all kinds of stuff.

Jama Masjid was built in 1644 under the rule of Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan. This is the same Emperor who ordered the construction of the Red Fort in Delhi and Taj Mahal in Agra.

All of it being magnificent buildings by sheer size. The mosque was finally completed 12 years later at a cost of Rs1 million. This mosque is sheer masterpiece by the grand size, the intricate artwork in red sandstone and marble. You can also see the similarity between this mosque and the mosque next to the Taj Mahal in Agra where the floors are covered with white and black ornamented marble to look like a Muslim prayer mat.

It is considered to be the biggest mosque in India as it is able to house 25,000 devotees during one prayer time. There are 3 huge gates and 4 towers with 2 40metres high minaret.

This mosque also suffered 2 attacks during recent times wherein parts of the mosque exploded. And of course, this was also a scene for Bollywood movie "Kurbaan" in 2009.

I was amazed by this mosque.
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Toonsarah Toonsarah
566 reviews
Jama Masjid Oct 17, 2015
This is one of the largest (some sources, and our guide, say THE largest) mosques in India. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (most famous for another building, the Taj Mahal) between 1644 and 1656. It is said to have taken 5,000 workers and cost a million rupees to build, which must have been a huge sum in those days. It is certainly on an impressively grand scale. The huge courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 worshippers. Its surrounding walls are pierced by three great gates (most visitors enter through the north gate) and on the west side is the main mosque structure, built of red sandstone and white marble, with three white marble domes and two 40 metre high minarets.

Entry is free but there is a fee of 300 IR per camera to take photos and you'll be charged for every camera you are carrying, including smartphones, even if you don't plan to use them all. All visitors, including non-Muslims, are allowed inside as well as out, and photos can be taken everywhere, but the mosque is closed to non-Muslims at prayer time. And don’t even consider a visit here if you aren’t able to climb steps, as the mosque sits on an elevated sandstone platform and there are 39 steps up to the northern gate. You must leave your shoes at this main entrance so wear socks you don't mind getting grubby or borrow a pair of the slippers available (I think to do this cost 100 IR but we didn't bother so I may be wrong about that). Women in trousers or with short sleeves are asked to put on a gown but there's no charge for this.

Once inside, take your time to wander round the courtyard, which is a buzz of both tourist and worshipper activity. We were advised not to photograph Muslim women but told that otherwise no one would mind, and in fact that seemed to extend to some of the women too. Bowls are set out to feed the many pigeons, and the seed they spill is carefully swept up. Locals and tourists mill around and it could be any city square, until you approach the prayer hall where a more respectful and devout atmosphere prevails. Even here though, a man sitting reading the Koran in one corner saw my camera and beckoned me over with a “welcome to take photos” gesture. So do pay that camera fee, as you will surely get some memorable shots here.
Tourist feet!
Entrance steps
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Vipin Vipin
691 reviews
Spectacular Feb 22, 2013
Commissioned in the seventeenth century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, this is the premier and most famous mosque in New Delhi. The overall effect is rather grand: stunning steps that lead up to the mosque, a generous courtyard and dazzling in sandstone. The views from the top of the mosque are spectacular, and really give you a good impression about how big the city is. Though you find a few people here for prayers, I think the number of tourists outweigh the number of worshippers. You have to leave your shoes outside (but socks can be worn inside) so be sure not to take your best designer shoes! A very worthy visit if you are in Delhi for the quiet atmosphere, gorgeous architecture and for a feel of Mughal India.
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Paulovic says:
Yeah, I know! You told me once! And besides that, I only went to India once, you several times already. But many touristic spots I just write about them in all my blog entries. Not specific information, but the pictures and something about my visit is in my blog entries. Takes too much time to also write a seperated review. ;)
Posted on: Feb 23, 2013
Vipin says:
Ah, that's very true :D I do that too, and it's nice to see how other people's opinion might differ! My grandparents were Indian I might add, so it is probably right that i have seen more of India ;)
Posted on: Feb 23, 2013
Paulovic says:
You wrote so many reviews already, I don't have time to read them all. So when a familiar title passes at the updates, I will read it for sure, to see your opinion about it! So it is still not as much as you have seen! ;)
Posted on: Feb 23, 2013
Nair2011 Nair2011
246 reviews
Nice place to be part of History Mar 23, 2012
Jama Masjid is a place of worship for Muslims. This worship place is built in Shahjahan times.. This place is located in Chawri Bazar and a main tourist attraction. This red stone Mughal architecture is huge with 5 huge metal entrance gates.

We can see many worshipers around. They will gather here at specific times for their daily prayers.

We need to take out the shoes to enter into this place. Some shoe keepers are present at the entrance and they will take care the same for a small fee.. 25 cents..

Around 60 cents tickets gives us the access to pillar to see breath taking views of Old Delhi.

This place can be reached via Delhi Metro. Get down at Chawri Bazar station on Yellow line and Take a rikshaw to reach the place..
Entrance # 3
Main prayer building
People feeding birds.. Boundary wa…
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