Jama Masjid Delhi

Location: 500 meters west of Red Fort, near Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi
Time to Visit: On all days from Sunrise to Sunset
Preferred Timings: Summer/ Winter: 7.00 am-12.15 pm & 1.45 pm till sunset/ 8.30 am-12.15 pm & 1.45 pm till sunset; Muslim ladies: How to Reach: Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in Old Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail.
Parking: Free and open to all
Nearest Railway Station: Old Delhi Railway Station
Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate
Functional Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate
Nearest International Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Time required for sightseeing: 2 hours
The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Persian: مسجد جھان نما, the 'World-reflecting Mosque'), commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, and completed in the year 1656 AD, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. It lies at the origin of a very busy central street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk.The foundation of the historic Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) was laid on a hillock in Shahjahanabad by fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shahjahan, on Friday the October 6, 1650 AD. The mosque was the result of the efforts of over 5,000 workers, over a period of six years. The cost incurred on the construction in those times was 10 lakh (1 million) Rupees, and it was same Emperor who also built the Taj Mahal, at Agra and the Red Fort, which stands across the Jama Masjid, which was finally ready in 1656 AD , complete with three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. Shah Jahan built several important mosques in Delhi, Agra, Ajmer and Lahore. The Jama Masjid's floorplan is very similar to the Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri near Agra, but the Jamia Masjid is the bigger and more imposing of the two. Its majesty is further enhanced because of the high ground that he selected for building this mosque. The architecture and design of the slightly larger Badshahi Mosque of Lahore built by Shah Jahan's son Aurangzeb in 1673 is closely related to the Jamia Masjid in Delhi.
Jama Masjid Delhi

The mosque faces west. Its three sides are covered with open arched colonnades, each having a lofty tower-like gateway in the centre. The mosque is about 261 feet (80 m) long and 90 feet (27 m) wide, and its roof is covered with three domes with alternate stripes of black and white marble, with its topmost parts covered with gold. Two lofty minarets, 130 feet (41 m) high, and containing 130 steps, longitudinally striped with white marble and red sandstone, flank the domes on either side. The minarets are divided by three projecting galleries and are surmounted by open twelve-sided domed pavilions. On the back of the mosque, there are four small minarets crowned like those in the front

Imams of Jama Masjid

  • 1) Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 2) Syed Abdul Shakoor Shah Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 3) Syed Abdul Raheem Shah Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 4) Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari Thani Shahi Imam
  • 5) Syed Abdul Rehman Shah Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 6) Syed Abdul Kareem Shah Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 7) Syed Mir Jeewan Shah Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 8) Syed Mir Ahmed Ali Shah Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 9) Syed Mohammed Shah Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 10) Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 11) Maulana Syed Hameed Bukhari Shahi Imam
  • 12) Syed Abdullah Bukhari
  • 13) Syed Ahmed Bukari