Within the chaotic narrow streets of Old Delhi lies the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, whose enormous courtyard has the capacity to hold 25,000 devotees. Built between 1644 and 1658, this sensational mosque was the last extravagnance commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, whose love for his wife resulted in the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra and zest for beauty and power built the Red Fort of New Delhi.
The Jama Masjid’s spectacular beauty resides in her masterful architecture of various curving archways, gates, minarets, towers and decorative carvings. Jama Masjid’s brilliant red-hued sandstone juxtaposed against white marble is equally as impressive especially on a sunny, bright day. It took over 6,000 workers, mostly slaves, to build the mosque and today it remains one of India’s crown jewels and an important place of worship.
The entrance is rather daunting as it is so vast inside, and it was so hot. It was 120 degrees farenheit that day and the rules of entering a mosque still applied. No shoes and we had to cover up in a rented robe.
And as you left the peace and tranquility of the mosque, the hum and buzz of Old Delhi brought you back to earth. This post was written for this week’s Photo Challenge: Curves. I was in Delhi at the end of May for a social good blogging trip with Mom Bloggers for Social Good. To learn more about our trip, see hashtag #socialgoodmomsindia on Twitter or check out my earlier posts.