Ashraful Masjid, #Amroha, UP

Ashraful Masjid, #Amroha, UPIf there ever was a top 10 most beautiful mosques in India list, this mosque definitely deserves to be on it. Initially, it was built in 1825 by Haji Sheikh Ashraf Ali of Azeemabad. The mosque was constructed just adjacent to Dewankhana in the premises of the Mahal built by Meer Syed Mohammad Shafaat. The complex that the mosque is part of originally consisted of a mahal, Sarai and Dewaan khana.

📸: Mohd Ayan/GM

Coordinates: 28.90311336772314, 78.46971852761247

Hyderabad’s iconic #MakkahMasjid

The recently renovated main entrance (called Pishtaq in Persian) of Hyderabad’s iconic #MakkahMasjid. It’s defined as a rectangular frame around an arched opening leading to an Iwan (A hall or space usually vaulted/walled on 3 sides)

.📸 and text: @D5habib#Hyderabad

Abu Nasser Mosque, Jajpur, Orissa

Abu Nasser Mosque, Jajpur, OrissaAlso known as Shahi Masjid, the mosque was built 1098 AH equivalent to 1686-87 AD.The mosque is about 70 feet long by 80 broad. It has four minarets on the east face; that in the center is small; the two at the outside are large. On the roof are three domes, the largest being in the center and measuring about 80 feet in circumference at the springing of the arch. These domes are mere coverings to three flat groined domes, which form the roof of the interior. There are three Gothic doorways on the east face. It was built by Abu Nasser Khan, Mughal governor of Orissa

.📸: IGNCAText (edited): British Library

Coordinates: 20.85343534375596, 86.32846303762358

Ektoda Mosque, Ahmedabad

This historic minaret of the Ektoda Mosque in Ahmedabad, Gujarat would have been lost forever had it not been for the timely intervention of the civic chief.Two-years-ago municipal commissioner Vijay Nehra stopped the razing of the 448-year-old Ek Toda Masjid in Khadia after fire officials going hammer and tongs had already brought down the top of the mosque in an action-packed operation right in the heart of India’s first World Heritage City.The mosque was built by Sheikh Mohammed Ghaus of Gwalior, spiritual guide to Mughal Emperor Humayun and the celebrated musician of that age, Tansen. The Sheikh came to Gujarat after Humayun was defeated by Sher Shah Suri and lived in Ahmedabad for 18 years when he built the mosque.The 60-feet-high minaret, constructed of sandstone and lime in 1570, was damaged after being struck by lightning. The municipal commissioner confirmed he had halted the demolition. “Yes, I stopped the demolition as soon as I was informed of the situation. We think we can save and restore the structure. We will be first dismantling it and then rebuilding it so that we do not lose such an important part of our city’s heritage.”The minaret of the 448-year-old mosque will be first dismantled and then rebuilt as part of the restoration. The same technique has been used to restore the ‘Darwajas’ of the city. The mosque is not registered as a heritage site either by the ASI or by the Gujarat government since it is owned and run by Ek Toda Masjid Trust run by Pirzada Naiyar Ahmad Hasan Ali Gausee Shattri, the inheritor of Sheikh Mohammed Ghaus of Gwalior, a Sufi saint of the Shattari tradition who had the mosque constructed in 1570. However, it is listed as a Grade-I heritage structure by the AMC.📸 & text: Ahmedabad Mirror (edited)Coordinates: 23.020241405541476, 72.59677156987892

Ibrahim Mosque, Golconda

The 4th sultan of the Qutb Shahi Dynasty Ibrahim Qutb Shah (1550-80) is credited with converting the mud-brick fort of #Golconda to stone and lime.

The fort was one of the most impregnable forts in all of India and tales of the riches of this small state ruled by the Qutb Shahis went far and wide.

This is the Ibrahim mosque located in the upper part of the fort. The mosque has of late been restored. Repeated requests by the #Muslims to allow prayers in this mosque have been turned down by the Archaeological Survey of India.

PC: Image Wrighter

Coordinates: 17°23’01.3″N 78°23’59.7″E

Jamiya Masjid, Penukonda, AndhraPradesh

An inscription on the Jamiya Mosque of Penukonda, #AndhraPradesh puts its construction date at 1668 AD. It was built by Abdul Hassan during the period of Ali Adilshah II of Bijapur.

The Jamiya Masjid of #Penukonda resembles other Bijapuri #mosques like Bukari and Rangin mosques in terms of the architectural style and design followed.

The receding bands on the arches are beautiful and so is the parapet decorated with uniform windows.

PC: Syed Dada

Coordinates: 14°04’52.2″N 77°35’38.9″E

Ibrahim Rouza Mosque, Navraspur

#Navraspur was a new city built by Ibrahim Adil Shah II four miles west of Bijapur, the existing capital of the Adil Shahis.

The famous Ibrahim Rouza tomb and mosque complex is where he lies buried.Palaces, mosques and various other structures were built in this new city by the Shah. Today, the entire place is in ruins, this is a photo of a mosque in the city.

PC: Mehriz Khatib/GM

Coordinates: 16°49’49.8″N 75°39’27.5″E

Zakaria Masjid, Mumbai

Eid was different today. Here’s hoping that everything will be back to normal by the next #eid. And, the bear hugs, sheer khormas and Eid frenzy return along with it.

PC: @wakeupyash

Jamia Masjid, Achalpur

The Bahamanis experimented with several types of domes. Here atop the Jamia Masjid of Achalpur (#Elichpur) is a pyramidal dome. The other smaller domes atop are uneven. The mosque dates back to the 15th century and has a facade of 11 arches. #Achalpur was the capital of the #Berar region and was once the capital of the shortlived Imad Shahi Dynasty.

PC: Umar Khatib/GM

Coordinates: 21°15’24.9″N 77°30’40.4″E

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