Jamai Masjid Srinagar


Jamia Masjid  is a mosque in Srinagar, Situated at Nowhatta in the middle of the Old City, the Mosque was commissioned by Sultan Sikandar in 1394 CE and completed in 1402 CE,  at the behest of Mir Mohammad Hamadani, son of Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani, and is regarded as one of the most important mosques in Kashmir. The architectural style of the Mosque is inspired by the IndoSaracenic style of architecture, which is a blend of Indian and Mughal styles,  and also bears similarities to Buddhist pagodas. The Mosque is located in Downtown which remains a central zone to the religion-political life in Srinagar. Thronged by Muslims every Friday, it is one of the prime tourist attractions of Srinagar.

The structure occupies a total area of 384 x 381 feet and is quadrangular in shape with four turrets. These are in the middle of each side and covered with pyramidal roofs. All of the turrets are interconnected by spacious halls, with bright yellow poppies lining the mossy brick paths and the entire structure is surrounded by wide lanes on all four sides and has a square garden in the middle. The entrance on the southern side of the Mosque comprises a recessed portico which further leads onto an inner courtyard. This courtyard is based on the traditional Chaar Bagh plan and has a tank in the centre. The entire courtyard is made up of pointed arched, brick arcade. The court which was originally planted with a series of chinars is enclosed by arched liwans (cloisters) covered with two tiered sloping roof.

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