Famous Mosques in Madhya Pradesh

Famous Mosque in Madhya Pradesh

Heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is a cultural heritage of Hinduism, Islamic, Buddhism, Jainism, etc. The city of Bhopal located in Madhya Pradesh is often called as the city of mosques because of the presence of a number of historical mosques and monuments. Asia’s largest and smallest mosques are located in Bhopal. Here is the list of famous mosque in Madhya Pradesh. 

1. Taj-ul Masajid
2. Moti Masjid
3. Dilawar Khan’s Mosque
4. Jami Masjid
5. Dargah-e-Hakimi
6. Dhai Seedhi Ki Masjid
7. Masjid Ibrat

1. Taj-ul Masajid

Taj-ul-Masajid is the largest mosque in India that is situated in Bhopal. Not only is the mosque the largest in the country, but it is also the second largest mosque in Asia. The name of the mosque literally means “Crown among Mosques”. The construction of the Mosque was initiated during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafarand continued to be built by her daughter Sultan Jahan Begum, till her lifetime.

The mosque was not completed due to lack of funds. The construction restarted in the year 1971 by Maulana Sayed Hashmat Ali Sahab and Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari of Bhopal. Jama Masjid got completed in 1985.The mosque has three domes and two minarets. The masjid is open on all days, but non-Muslims are not allowed inside on Fridays, and on other days 6 AM – 8 PM is the entry time.

2. Moti Masjid

Moti Masjid was built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum, daughter of the brave Qudsia Begum who took the throne after her husband’s assassination. Sikander Begum was a relatively liberated and progressive woman compared to the time in which she lived; she had built roads, bridges and a number of graceful and elegant monuments such as the Moti Masjid in Bhopal. The architecture of the mosque resembles that of the Jama Masjid in Delhi, but smaller in size.

The mosque has two dark red towers with golden spikes. It has a marble-white façade with two small cupolas on it, and has two minarets on either side of it. The Masjid is also called as Pearl Mosque due to its sparkling white fascia. Moti Masjid is situated in the heart of the city. Visiting time of the mosque is 6:30 AM to 7 PM.

3. Dilawar Khan’s Mosque

Dilawar Khan’s Mosque is built by Dilawar Khan in 1405, one of the earliest Indo-Islamic structures at Mandu. The mosque consists of a central entrance, corridors on three sides and a prayer room. Architecture of the temple is mostly influenced by Hindu workmanship. The pillars and the ceiling of the mosque show the clear traces of Hindu style. The entry fees for Dilawar Khan’s Mosque is Rs. 5/- for Indians and Rs. 100/- for foreigners. An additional fee of Rs. 25/- is required for taking photos. The mosque is open all days from 6 AM to 7 PM.

4. Jami Masjid

Jami Masjid also known as Jama Masjid is one of the biggest mosque in India that is located in Mandu. The mosque have been started construction during the reign of Hoshang Shah and completed during the reign of Mahmud Khilji in 1454. It is a huge three domed structure with a large courtyard. The most attractive feature of Jami Mosque is that it’s fine panorama of domes and arches.

The prayer hall has the capacity to accommodate a large number of worshipers and domes of the mosques have Afghani architecture. Across the courtyard to the West is the prayer hall which has 58 small domes and three large ones that dominate the rest. An entry fee of Rs. 15/- per adult is charged. The mosque will be open from 8 AM to 6 PM all days.  A small door on the side of the Masjid leads to Hoshang Shah’s Tomb.

5. Dargah-e-Hakimi

Dargah-e-Hakimi is one of the holiest places built in the memory of Saiyyadi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin. ‘Dargah-e-Hakimi’ includes tomb of the Dargah-e-Hakimi mosques, gardens, and international class accommodation facilities for visitors. The tomb is visited by pilgrims from all over the world. It is very well maintained and it is constructed in pure white marble so the locals refer to it as ‘Chota Amreeka’.

6. Dhai Seedhi Ki Masjid

Dhai Seedhi Ki Masjid is the smallest mosque in Asia. Also it is the smallest and first mosque in Bhopal. Dhai Seedhi Ki Masjid Means ‘the mosque with two and a half steps’. This mosque was constructed by Sardar Dost Mohammad Khan during his reign from 1708-1726. Only three or four persons can offer namaz here once. The mosque is located on top of an old fortification tower next to the Gandhi Medical College.

7. Masjid Ibrat

Masjid Ibrat was built by Sultan Jahan Begum, 12th ruler of Bhopal. Western wall of this mosque has four semi-circular cups. One spherical ball of about five feet and another about four feet is placed on the roof of this mosque. These four semi-circular cups symbolizes the four companions of Prophet Muhammad. Also tomb of the Bilkis Jahan, daughter of Sultan Jahan, was placed near this mosque.