One of the oldest mosques in the city, the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad is one of the biggest Masjids in India. This revered shrine was commissioned by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth leader of the Qutub Shahi family in the year 1614, while the structure saw end in the year 1694. It is believed that he himself laid down the foundation stone of the edifice, and the arch embellishments over the main sanctum are made from the soil of the Holy Land of Mecca. It is due to this reason that it is called the 'Makkah Masjid' as well. With a capacity to accommodate as many as 10,000 people at any given time, the mosque also house a hair belonging to Prophet Muhammad has been securely protected in the premises of the mosque. With its intricately intended architecture, rich history, and religious significance, the Mecca Masjid is indeed a humbling sight to behold.
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The aura and sanctity that one get to feel near Mecca Masjid Hyderabad is basically incomparable. Founded by Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah, the fifth ruler of Qutub Shahi dynasty, it is one of the largest and the oldest mosques in South India. It is said that he himself laid the foundation stone and the bricks used to construct the middle arch of the mosque have been made from soil source from Mecca. This is the reason at the back the mosque getting its name as Mecca Masjid.
It has the capacity to accommodate 10,000 worshippers to offer prayers at a time. About 8000 employees were involved in the structure of this mosque that draw hundreds of tourist from all across the globe, not just for its historical or spiritual importance but also for its spectacular beauty.
A few common sight at this sacred place include feeding of pigeons measured to be a virtue in the Muslim society and devotee sit by the side of an fake pond installed in the mosque. As per a legend, whoever sits on the two sand and slab bench close the pond always come back to sit on them again.
Interesting Facts about Mecca Masjid
Verses from Quran have been fixed on the arch and the door. Various aspect of Mecca Masjid symbolize the style of Qutub Shahi dynasty. The cornices along with the floral motif that have been carved around the complete mosque are single such example. One can see the similarity of design on the arches here at the masjid and those at the Golconda Fort and Charminar.
Mecca Masjid construction was ongoing by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutub Shah in the year of 1614. If tale have to be assumed, the bricks used for the construction of this mosque were brought from Mecca. This mosque is also assumed to have some more sacred relics. For instance, according to some, it has the hair of Prophet Muhammad. However, the construction was completed in 1687 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, after he took over the Golconda Kingdom. It has seen repairs even after that.
The beauty of the fascinating architecture of Mecca Masjid has been accentuate by the Belgian crystal chandeliers which adorn the mosque ceiling. There is also a room in the courtyard where relics and artifact from the ancient time have been kept. Inside the mosque, belong to the Asif jahi Dynasty, there lie five passageways and tomb as well.
Not only this, this place is also attracts people because of its peaceful atmosphere. Guests can spend some time in calm and spiritual environment amid the structural beauty from the earlier period. There are many other tourist attractions that are located nearby. Hence, one can also visit Chowmahalla Palace along with a trip to Mecca Masjid. Shopping at the famous Laad Bazaar can also be completed on the same day itself. Mekkah Masjid is open on all days of the week.