India is a secular land, and people of all religions are welcome here. Our country is home to more than 7 recognised religions! And one religion that has had a huge impact on our people, is Islam.
The Mughals showed us the Islamic way of life when they first came to our country. They set up mosques and taught people the principles of Islam. Many of these mosques stand erect even to this day, and many more have been erected since.
These are some of the most famous mosques in India.
1) Hazratbal Mosque, Srinagar
This majestic, white-marbled structure is famous for housing an important relic – the Moi-e-Muqaddas, which is believed to be the hair from the beard of prophet Mohammad.
Built in the 17th century, the Hazratbal mosque was made using the Kashmiri and Mughal style of architecture. It still stands strong today, and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mosques in the world.
2) Jama Masjid, Delhi
Being the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid is able to house nearly 25,000 people! This is the last architectural marvel to be built during the rule of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, and was constructed back in 1644.
This site is an inseparable part of the tourism in Delhi, and showcases intricate details on its minarets, towers, arches, and domes. So if you’re ever in Delhi, you know where to visit.
3) Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque, Delhi
The Quwwat Ul Islam was perhaps the first mosque ever built after the mughals invaded India. Built way back in 1195 A.D. this mosque is perhaps the last surviving example of the architecture employed by the Ghurid industry.
This mosque was built by the famous Qutb Ud Din Aibak, and the area of the mosque was extended when he passed away.
4) Nagina Masjid, Agra
Nagina (or Gem) mosque was built specifically to be a private mosque to the women of the royal family. It was built by Shah Jahan between 1631 and 1640, and is surrounded by walls to the north, south, and east. You can find the prayer hall to the west of the mosque.
Compared to the other mosques on this list, this mosque possesses a somewhat simple look. It has three domes upon its arches, and while it may have a simple design, this mosque is every bit as magnificent as any of the others on this list.
5) Jamia Masjid, Srinagar
The Jamia Masjid can be found in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, and was built by Sultan Sikandar, way back in 1400 AD. It’s the perfect example of Indo-Saracenic architecture and is accompanied by a square garden with 4 broad lanes leading up to the entrance of the mosque.
This mosque is a lot larger than most others and can accommodate roughly 30,000 people during prayer time!