Okay, here’s a quiz for the blog watchers… have you visited this beautiful monument yet? Tell us the name if you remember!
Latest update: Many seem to confuse this with the Jama Masjid of Delhi. This beautiful mosque is actually the Zeenat ul Masjid, built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb by his daughter princess Zeenat ul Nissa. It was designed as a smaller version of the Jama Masjid.
The mosque is situated in Daryaganj, south of the Red Fort, and overlooking the river Yamuna. Its striped red and white domes give it a distinguished appearance. ‘Zeenat ul Masjid’ actually means ‘Ornament of Mosques’, and the structure does live up to its name! For some reason it is also called ‘Ghata Masjid’ (Cloud Mosque) by localites, maybe because of the steps or ‘Ghats’ leading down to the river. It is a living mosque where prayers are offered by devotees to this day. To sit near the ablution tank in the evening sun and watch the pigeons settle on its domes brings a sort of peace to the soul…
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I still have to visit this place. I read about it for the first time in a book called ‘Adventures in a Megacity’ by Sam Miller. Feels really good to come across it again on this blog.
Hey, that’s where I heard about it first, too 🙂
Sam Miller also mentions that the place was later used as a bakery by the British, before it was reclaimed once again for worship. What a kaleidoscopic history! Thank you for reading my blog.
Happy coincidence about the book 🙂