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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra


Tour the stunning Adhai Din ka Jhonpra on your tours to Ajmer tourist attractions with Indian Horizons. This spectacular piece of architecture gets its name from the fact that it was constructed within a period of 2 and a half days. Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra exhibits an exquisite blend of Indo-Islamic architectural styles. Interestingly enough the main edifice of this mosque was a center of Sanskrit education in the olden days and the pillars of the mosque that were reassembled with architectural finesse to construct this grand mosque were taken from destroyed Hindu and Jain temples in the area. Tour the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra with Indian Horizons and read Koranic versus chiseled on the 7-arched wall inside the mosque. The Mosque was designed in a hurry by a Persian architect, Abu Bakr who did a remarkable job of creating this beautiful mosque.
The main pillared hall and yellow limestone arches on the fa├žade of the main entrance create quite an impact. There is a beautiful tower inside the mosque that is used by the Muezzin to chant prayers.The stone walls of the main prayer hall are chiseled into a net like appearance with carved rectangular panels on them. The idea was to create a natural lighting effect that was common in the mosques of Persia.
Though the walls of Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra are adorned with phrases and quotes from the holy Koran, there is a tiny Sanskrit inscription right on top of the main gate that reminds you of the actual origin of this historic monument constructed by Mohammed Ghori in 1198 A. D.

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