Jama Masjid, Delhi

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.
One of the entrances to the Jama Masjid in DelhiDevotees at the Jama Masjid
Devotees at the Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid in Delhi
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 🙂
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  • Reply vineeta June 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Have updated myself on all your posts! 🙂 I love your photography the way you see & capture things 🙂

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan February 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Thank you Purvi!!

    Awwww Prachee – thank you so much! I'm absolutely delighted – I'll definitely do the tag 🙂

  • Reply Purvi February 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Amazing pictures especially the pigeon one… great info as well 🙂

  • Reply Prachee February 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    u r on my favourite Versatile Bloggers list…have a look here

  • Reply Madhu Gopalan February 4, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Bubblegum – thank you so much!

    Thank you Prachee 🙂

    Prashant – I knowwww – I wish our trip had been longer – I really wanted more time to eat 🙁 Since it was such a short trip, we decided to minimize commuting and do the Red Fort/Chandni Chowk/Jama masjid area in one stretch 🙂 Next time I'll definitely ask you for suggestions 🙂

    Thank you Jidhu Jose!

    Thank you so much hAAthi! Yes it's probly my favourite mosque too after Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid 🙂

  • Reply Prachee February 3, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    yup, the pigeons one is a brilliant capture…

  • Reply Prashant Bhardwaj February 3, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    You should have called before going to old Delhi!

    Paranthe wali gali is not the only place to treat hungry tummies! 🙂

  • Reply Jidhu Jose February 3, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    nice shots
    third one was stunning


  • Reply hAAthi February 3, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    Wow! This is by far the most gorgeous mosque I have been to, and your fantastic pictures have brought back memories from my trip there a few years ago.

    Lovely pictures. Keep clicking.

  • Reply Bubblegum.... February 3, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    The third click is just awesome!!! 🙂 🙂

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