Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. The Jama or Jami Masjid was constructed between 1644 and 1658 during the rule of Shah Jahan. Initially Jama Masjid was known as the Masjid-i-Jahanuma, meaning World Reflecting Mosque in Persian.
Situated in Chandni Chowk this mosque is spread over acres of lands. It can easily accommodate about 25,000 worshippers. Commissioned by Shah Jahan the brain behind the Taj Mahal the Jama Masjid also holds immense architectural significance. Constructed by 5000 workers over a period of six years this mosque is a major attraction in the city. Jama Masjid is built out of sandstone and white marble. The Masjid possesses 3 gateways, two 40m high minarets and 4 towers.
With the Red fort on the east, the Jama Masjid can be viewed as a shining bright structure from a distance. One has to go to the imposing gateways of this beautifully glorified mosque along the wide stairs. The main eastern gate was strictly meant for the entry of the members of the Royal family.
This entrance is generally closed on most of the days of the week. The principal prayer hall is situated on the western side. It is decorated with many elevated arches with cusps. The hall is utilized by the devotees on almost all the days except on Fridays and other Muslim holidays. On these special days of celebrations the courtyard remains packed up with the devotees offering their prayers.
There is no entrance fee here but it is one of the most expensive places for photography. The authorities charge you 200 Rs for Photography inside the Masjid. I thought they were kidding but when they showed me the ticket I knew it was real. One can leave the footwear outside for a sum of “give whatever you want” but the tricky part is when you give them some coins they want a Rs.100 note. It helps to be cautious.
How to get there: The nearest metro station is Chandni Chowk station. From here it is a 25 Rs paddle Rickshaw ride. Or you can just walk.