Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid Delhi

Once upon a time, amidst Old Delhi, there was an incredible construction, a marvel that appeared to just hug the sky. This was not the ordinary mosque; it was the Grand Mosque of Old Delhi, the largest structure in India. The courtyard was vast, so spacious that it could fit a huge 25 thousand people who traveled from across the land to worship there. The first stone of this mosque was put down in 1644 when construction began. It was an ambitious undertaking, the baby of Shah Jahan, the legendary Mughal ruler who created the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.

The architecture of Jama Masjid

With the passing years, the mosque gradually became the brightest jewel of cultural splendor and was covered by three massive gates and four great minarets with the most refined ornaments that decorated its walls. Those who dared to reach this sacred place had the opportunity to experience firsthand how the red sandstone and white marble represented the selfless skilled artisans who had constructed its structures. Even in this modern age, the mosque is equally compelling, composed of the architectural drive of Lutyens, the Capitol complex, and the Parliament building, expressing perfect harmony among them.

Gate to Cultural Fusion

Visitors as they pass across the northern gate are offered the option to dress up in traditional clothing as a way of joining into the local cultures. It is masjid-i-Jahanuma in English, which means “mosque that commands a view of the world”. It is more than a prayer house. The northern, southern, and eastern wings of the Sandstone courtyard are designed for the guests from these regions and they were engaged through flights of stairs there are huge markets and lively entertainment to experience bliss.

What to See

From the top of the mosque's minaret, surveying the flurry of activity in the medieval city of Delhi is a scene to behold. Within its holy halls are housed valuables of inestimable worth, among them a Quran that is written on the deerskin and sandals whose imprints of the prophet Muhammad were still visible.

Who Built Jama Masjid?

The building which was structured by no other than Ostad Khalil, immersed into its walls the life story and several eloquent tales. The seamy tale of the eastern doorway coincidently not being open for the Royals in the olden days did not cease to add more mystery around that place.

Festivals of Jama Masjid

For the lucky ones who may have an opportunity to attend during the festivals of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha, the mosque is reminiscent of a dazzling bride who is glowing in all her splendor with a crowd of worshippers from across the land as well as the world.

Moments of spiritual Reverence

However, among all the magnificence and multitudes, there were moments of silent devotion when tourists were reminded that at prayer times, the Mosque was a shed strictly for the faithful.

Quick Information

Location of Jama Masjid Off Netaji Subhash Marg, West side of Red Fort
Type Historical Monument
Nearest Metro Station Jama Masjid Metro Station
Opening Time All days of the Week
Timings 7 am to 6:30 pm (Only not allowed during prayer hours)
Entry Fee Photography 300 INR
Entry Fee Free
Best Time to Visit October to March
Dress Code Modest
Time Required 2-3 hours ( depending on Individual )

Jama Masjid - Special Highlights

  • Constructed in 1644 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan
  • Largest mosque in India, accommodating up to 25,000 worshippers
  • Features stunning red sandstone and white marble craftsmanship
  • Offers a panoramic view of Old Delhi from its minaret

Things to do near Jama Masjid

  • Explore iconic eateries like Karims and Al Jawahar
  • Dine at Walled City Cafe & Lounge or Lakhori restaurant for a more elevated experience
  • Explore the bustling Chandni Chowk and enjoy a rickshaw Ride.
  • Visit the Red Fort. The entry fee is higher for foreigners
  • Explore the offbeat attractions such as Asia's largest spice market or Naughara's painted houses
  • Explore the Charity Birds Hospital at Digambar Jain Temple
  • Experience a traditional Indian wrestling match at Urdu Park on Sunday afternoons

How to Reach Jama Masjid - Ways to Reach

Jama Masjid Transportation Details
Flight Indira Gandhi International Airport
Train New Delhi Railway Station and Old Delhi Railway Station
Road DTC Buses, Car, and Cabs like Uber, and Ola within Delhi
Metro Route Jama Masjid Metro Station ( Violet Line) and Chawdi Bazaar Metro Station ( Yellow Line)