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History of Jama Masjid Delhi

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Built by famous Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal, the Jama Masjid in Delhi was constructed in the period between 1644- 1656, costing around 1 million rupees and involved the hard work of around 5000 workers. The mosque consists of three giant gates, two minarets and four towers, composed of red sandstone and white marble. It is regarded as the largest mosque in India, even today.

The structure’s courtyard is built with a capacity of holding more than 25,000 people and the architecture of the mosque is fundamentally similar to that of the art used in the construction of Badshahi Masjid, situated at Lahore, Pakistan, built by Aurangzeb, Shah Jahan’s son.

The inauguration of the mosque took place with the hands of royal imam Bukhari, after he was personally invited by Emperor Shah Jahan.

The mosque has faced a lot of threats and attacks ever since the British conquered India and confiscated the mosque, and were headstrong the demolish the mosque as an act of chastisement for the Indian people. However, after facing a lot of opposition, they couldn’t do so. It was also attacked twice during 2006 and 2010 by some gunmen, but fortunately, there was no casualty.

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