There are many mosques in India which date back to even the 12th century which are known for their attention to detail while designing the monument and its architectural beauty. Most of them have been built during the Mughal empire and are pretty substantial in size. Here are the 5 largest mosques in India.
1. Jama Masjid, Delhi
The largest mosque in India was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in between 1644 and 1656 using red sandstone and white marble the mosque has 40 minarets in total. The courtyard which is often used for offering prayers can hold more than 25000 people. It has three great which was used by emperors for offering their prayers. It is grand in nature and the attention put into the architecture and artwork in the interior make it for a visual treat.
2. Taj-ul Masjid, Bhopal
The name of the mosque means â€˜the crown among all mosquesâ€™, it is the second largest mosque in India. Construction of the mosque was started during the reign of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar in 1844 and was finally completed in 1985 due to persistent funds, freedom struggles and political issues. The mosque has minarets which are 18 storey high and topped off with marble domes and can hold a staggering 175000 people inside and in the courtyard for prayers.
3. Makkah Masjid, Hyderabad
It is one of the oldest mosques in India and is an iconic feature of the city of Hyderabad. The central arch of the mosque was built using bricks that are made of clay from Mecca, thus deriving the name. It was built during the reign of Qutub Shah, who personally placed the foundation stone for the mosque and was completed by Aurangzeb. The main hall of the mosque is 68 meters long and 54 meters wide and can easily accommodate 10000 devotees.
4. Jama Masjid, Agra
Also known as â€˜Friday mosqueâ€™ it is the largest mosque in Agra and was made by Shah Jahan and dedicated to his daughter. Just like the Jama Masjid in Delhi, red sandstone and white marbles are the primary materials used in construction and it was constructed in a mere 6 years. The central dome is supported by 4 kiosks in the courtyard and in the walls of the interior there are words of praise written for Emperor Shah Jahan.
5. Jama Masjid, Srinagar
It was built in the 15th century by Sultan Sikandar and was extended in size by his son. Standout features of this mosque include the inspiration of Indo-Saracenic architecture and the presence of 370 wooden pillars in the interior. One can literally feel inner peace and tranquility despite all the hustle-bustle of the markets outside. It can accommodate more than 30000 people and devotees gather here every Friday to offer prayers.