Today is World Heritage Day, or more formally, the International Monuments and Sites Day, a day dedicated to raise public awareness about the natural and cultural heritage of the world. What an apt opportunity for me to share with you some pictures of a beautiful old mosque that I came upon recently!
As I walked down the twisted alleys of Mehrauli village in search of the Madhi Masjid, I almost gave up my hunt. But if you are on the Aurobindo Road from Gurgaon to Delhi, this mosque is very close to the Qutb Minar metro station. It is amazingly well-hidden from the main road, surrounded by verdant greenery on all sides. But if you stop at the big blue signboard that reads “Jain Mandir Dadabadi” and take a left, you will quickly and suddenly come upon this beauty. And then you’ll wonder how you’ve never heard about it!
It is not known who built it and when, but the architecture is so strikingly similar to the Lodi Garden tombs that it is conjectured that the Madhi Masjid was of roughly the same period- late Lodi or early Mughal. The mosque is rather unusual since it’s a combination of a covered mosque and a wall mosque. Even today it is evident that the structure was once exquisitely decorated with colorful tiles. I found a family picnicking outside the fort-like walls, celebrating the birthday of their little one. That, I thought, was the perfect way to introduce your kids to the beauty of their heritage :)
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