The Jama Masjid of Srinagar is situated at Nowhatta, in the middle of the old city. An important mosque in Srinagar, it was built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD. Later, the son of Sultan Sikandar, Zain-ul-Abidin got the mosque extended. The attractions of the Jama Masjid of Srinagar, Kashmir include beautiful Indo-Saracenic architecture, a magnificent courtyard, and 370 wooden pillars. Another feature of the mosque is the peace and tranquility inside it, standing out against the hustle of the old bazaars around it. Thousands of Muslims assemble at the mosque every Friday to offer their prayers.
The foundation of the Jama Masjid was laid down by Sultan Sikandar Shah Kashmiri, who was the father of Sultan Zainulaabdin, a ruler of Kashmir in 1398 AD. The exalted mosque was completed in 1402, and the structure has been facing numerous tragedies and accidents ever since. This colossal structure has been damaged by fire thrice, but luckily restoration work was carried out after each mishap to correct the damaged portions.
The first fire that damaged it was in 1479, and the then ruler, Sultan Hasan Shahm, immediately began the reconstruction work. Unfortunately, he passed away before the repair work was done, and Ibrahim Magre, Commander-in-Chief of Kashmir forces under the rule of Muhammad Shah and Fateh Shah took over the task and completed it successfully by 1503 AD.
In 1620, when Kashmir was under the rule of Jehangir, a fire broke out yet again and destroyed a total of 12,000 buildings, the splendid Jamia Masjid sadly being one of them. The king ordered the reconstruction of the elevated mosque, and Malik Haider, a famous historian, was delegated this duty. The entire repair work took 17 years.
The third fire that distorted the structure occurred in 1674. It is said that when Aurangzeb heard about the accident, he only inquired if the chinars were safe, for 'the mosque could be rebuilt in a short time. A full-grown chinar can never be replaced.' He got together all the bricklayers and masons of the city, and Jama Masjid was restored within three years. Under the reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh, the last refurbishment work at the mosque was carried out.
The best time to visit the Jama Masjid is in the early morning when the Fajar prayers are held, enveloping the mosque with a tranquil feel.
opening and closing time
All days of the week-3:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Visit Duration: 02 to 3 hours
Jama Masjid is known as one of the sacred shrines of Islamic followers. Be it the holiness or the constructional elegance, Jama Masjid is quite unparalleled in every aspect. Comprised of 370 pillars of wood, Jama Masjid symbolizes one of the best architectural specimens which survived the ravages of time ever since it was constructed in the valley of Jammu & Kashmir.
While looking into the origin and construction of Jamia Masjid, the name of Maharaja Pratap Singh comes several times as it was during his Kingdom that the maintenance and repair works of the Mosque were carried out. Pratap Singh enthusiastically encouraged the reconstruction of Jama Masjid many a time and even offered financial assistance too.
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Interesting facts about The Jama Masjid
India is a country rich in various religions, cultures, customs, and castes. You'll see all the major religions of the world here—Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, and Jains. This has also made it a country of many temples, mosques, arches, churches, and monuments. Most of these were established in ancient times and they work well to depict ancient India. Indian Government is also putting in tremendous efforts to safeguard them.
One such spectacular mosque established in Jammu and Kashmir in ancient times was Jama Masjid. It was built in 1400 A.D. during the reign of Sultan Sikandar in Kashmir. This is located at the heart of the old city Nowhatta, Srinagar. This spectacular mosque is famous for its beautiful construction. This mosque is considered as one of Srinagar’s tourist attractions. Visitors to this place have experienced peace and tranquillity. This Indo-Saracen architecture is designed with 370 wooden pillars and a splendid courtyard. This unique feature has attracted many visitors/tourists over the ages. Although Jamia Masjid is situated amidst busy markets, the architecture of this place leaves one surprised. Jamia Masjid is considered as one of the sacred mosques of India.