Agra is a city of the cultural heritage of India. It was the capital city of the Great Mughal Empire and they made it one of the most enviable cities of that time. It is the city which has The Taj Mahal the ultimate zenith of Indian architecture. This city has been a silent witness to the transition of Indian history from pre – Mughal era to the British era. Jama Masjid is another shining jewel in the crown of Agra and is visited by millions of visitors every year.
This mosque is made by a combination of white marble and red sandstone. It was built by great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of her eldest daughter Jahanara Begum in the year 1648. It took almost 6 years to complete the construction of the mosque. 5000 labourers were hired to do the task. The main entrance is through the eastern gate. The mosque is beautifully crafted with fine artwork and huge domes on the terrace which have a shape of an inverted lotus. The whole mosque is made on a slab of red sandstone. In the courtyard, there is a beautiful fountain which adds to the beauty of the mosque.
Jama Masjid in Agra is one of the largest mosques in India. A large number of people gather there every Friday to offer prayers. It is said that it had a great grandeur during the Mughal reign and there was a big market called Tripolia between Jama Masjid and Delhi Gate of Agra Fort. Unfortunately, the market was demolished to make way for the Agra Fort Railways Station and another icon was lost. You must visit the mosque to become a witness to its pristine beauty. You will love the peaceful ambience and it has a divine aura around it which will soothe your soul.
Timings : 7:00 AM to 12 Noon, 1.30 PM to 6.30 PM.
Time Required : 1-2 hours.
Entry Fee : Free. Still Photography charges: INR 30.
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Remove shoes and cover your legs (in case you are wearing shorts). Women are expected to wear a tunic.
Photography charges – INR 300
Jama Masjid is located opposite to the Agra Fort Railway Station and easy to reach. You can take auto rickshaw from anywhere in the city to reach Jama Masjid.