"JAMI MASJID" Mandu Things to Do Tip by pravdr
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one of the most majestic buildings at mandu is the jami masjid.it was designed after the great mosque of dimashq(damascus).it has a long period of construction.it was commenced during the reign of hoshang shahand completed by mahmud khalji in 1454.the plan elevation and design of the bilding was conceived on a grand scale.the whole construction stands on a plinth 4.6m above ground level.the plan is 97.4m. the huge domes porch projects 16.8m. a flight of nearly 30 steps.on both sides below the porch athe facade of the plinth has been arranged into a verandah 1.8m deep with arched openings for a number of cellsmeant for visitors/staff of the mosque.
beat place to watch the jami masjid is from the ashrafi mahal which stans in front of it.seen are the 3 beautiful domes with innumerable smaller domes inbetween them.
the point to note is the hugeness of the proportions and simplicity of the decoration a mark of mandu architecture.
the doorway made of marble and exquisite ornamentation again reminds of hindu edifices.the interior hall 13.7m has beautiful jali screens on the sides above which are seen blue enamel tiles set as stars or lozenges.beyond the westrn door of the porch is the great courtyard of the moaque enclosed on all sides by colonnades with a rich and pleasing variety in arrangement of arches pillars and number of bays and in the rows of domes above.
the western colonnade or prayer hall is most imposing with rows of arches and pillars which support the 58 domes and the 3 big domes.
the stern simplicity of interior is offers a effective contrast to the 17 niches along the western wall which bear beautiful sculptured crenallation along their heads and have their jambs worked out in polished black stone with hindu design carvings.the central niche is most beautifull designedand is ornamented along its sides with a scroll of interwoven arabic letters containing quotations from the holy quran
near it is a raised pulpit with its elegant marble dome supported on 4 arches the brackets and balustrades bear resemblance to hindu architecture.at extreme ends of this colonnade are uper paratments meant for ladies and visitors.
the northern and southern colonnades have 11 arched openings with carved brackets supporting chajja above them.along northern side of building are 2 entrances one for court and other for the prayer hall the latter with a domes domes porch outside being menat for the king.
Address: mandu village
Directions: in front of ashrafi mahal located in the village group pf monuments
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