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Jamia Masjid Srinagar
Jamia Masjid situated in Srinagar, J&K, is the most sacred place for Muslim and situated in providential Indian Administered Kashmir. This eloquent Mosque is now situated at the middle of Nowata, one of the oldest cities of Srinagar. Built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD it has been a great religious space for Muslims in Srinagar. Zain-ul-Abidin, the son of Sultan Sikandar got the mosque elongated at a later period of time. Jamia Masjid, Srinagar includes the tradition of Indo-Faracenac architecture which makes it more beautiful and attractive. Not only has this, Jamia Masjid consisted of an enlarged magnificent courtyard and 370 wooden pillars standing straight. Although being in the middle of the old city and with all the hustle the Jamia Masjid gives out a serene and calm environment. Ultimate peace and tranquility is one of the attractive characteristics of the mosque. Besides the mosque being a sanctified space for more than 1000 Muslims to offer their everyday prayer.
Jamia masjid was built by the great ruler Sultan Sikandar in the 14th century. Later it was enlarged by his son Zain-ul-Abidin. Besides showing traditional architecture the mosque excellently shows the cross culture fertilization of Kashmir. Thrice being destroyed by fire was every time renovated. The latest renovation was done during the reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh.
Though, Jamia masjid has a traditional Architecture of Indo-Faracanec and cross culture fertilization of culture of Kashmir. Yet it does not depict the pure Islamic style. Jamia masjid consists of pyramid shaped tall towers and adorns pagoda style in its architecture. Surrounded by courtyard jamia Masjid, consists of 370 standing pillars, each and every pillar being made of a single trunk of Deodar wood. The mosque covers an area of 384 ft*381 ft. this magnanimous Jamia Masjid has enough space to provide room to more than 30,000 people at the same time offering their prayer. The Masjid is constructed in a Mughal Garden style with two broad paths giving the symbol of the best architectures of that period. In addition, the Jamia Masjid tolerated the odds of the course of time still standing with pride giving example of vitality and best architecture.
How To Reach
The Srinagar airport being 14 km from the city, different airlines such as Jet airways, Kingfisher airways, Spice jet, Indian Airlines, Air Deccan etc provides travelling facilities from Delhi and Mumbai to Srinagar respectively. A taxi or a rented car on arrival will be able to meet you to city centre from airport.
The new open Udhampur railways station lays 60 km to the North of Jammu. It is now being occasional serves as the nearest railway station to Srinagar city. Even the old Jammu Tawai railway station, 293 km from Srinagar is also well connected to rest part of the city and also to other cities including Delhi, Chennai, Trivandrum, Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore respectively. A 12 hrs journey is to be made in a rented car or Taxi from Jammu.
Private Coaches and taxis are available from Jammu Tawai to Srinagar, which is being linked to the other cities by National Highway 1A (NH 1A). The Jammu & Kashmir State Transport Corporation (J&KSTC) provides comfortable buses from Jammu for other cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore etc as well as intercity. The Jammu Srinagar Road buses moves through majestic mountain areas and stretched out fields lined with trees on both sides.
Getting Around Srinagar
Private cars are available for local travel and excursion in the nearby area. Rented car being chasseurs driven available too. Self driven vehicles are not to be taken. Auto rickshaw can also be hired for easy access to the city root. Minibuses serve the modem means of intercity transport.
Jamia Masjid is being known as one of the sacred places for the Muslims in India. Whether refer to the sanctity or the tradition or the architecture the mosque looks like the divine creation. The beauty, elegance and attractiveness speak stories of the mosque. More than 1, 00,000 Muslims offer prayer everyday at the peak.
Damaged Caused By Fire
Jamia Masjid thrice bored the destruction caused by fire till date. Still it restored its damaged portion after every single disaster’s. Last renovation of the Jamia Masjid was carried out under a reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh. After so much of destruction the jamia Masjid holds its magnificent positioned and spans erect in Srinagar giving an example of its beauty and lusture and relating with reach stories from the past. It places Muslims from every corner of the city to pray five times a day.
General Fact About Jamia Masjid
- Shoes are to be left at the entrance.
- Should be neat and clean by entering the Masjid.
- Tourist should cover their knees and arms and should leave their shoes at the entrance.