Despite having been to Delhi many times in the past, I’d somehow always missed visiting the Jama Masjid, and it has been on my must-see list for a long time now. A Jama Masjid is a large congregational mosque where Friday noon prayers are held. The one in Delhi is India’s biggest – it can accommodate up to 25000 people. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan laid its foundation stone in 1650, and the mosque was completed in 1656.
There are three huge gates to the masjid on the north, south and east. The main structure has eight striped domes and two huge striped minarets (41m high) on either side.
When we reached the mosque, afternoon namaaz was going on, during which only Muslims are allowed in. So we sat basking in the winter sun on the red steps outside the gate, watching the bylanes of old Delhi bustling with activity and dreaming about the parathas we were soon going to have in Chandni Chowk 🙂