Let’s visit Jaunpur’s Jami Masjid today.
Since Islam emphasised equality & brotherhood congregational prayers were encouraged.
The Prophet said: “The prayer in congregation is superior to the prayer performed individually.”
Thus Jama Masjid r imp
Photo 1- Daniells 1802 :BL
The foundations were laid by Sultan Mahmud Sharqi (r. 1440-1457) but it was later enlarged and completed by Sultan Husain Sharqi (r. 1458-79).
The Sharqi dynasty (1394 – 1479) was founded in 1394 by Khwajah-i-Jahan Malik Sarwar & was a culturally & architecturally rich state
Photo 2- 2018 by me
The Sharqi dynasty was a breakaway from the Tughlaq and that is reflected in it’s architecture
The Jami Masjid bears similarity to Begumpuri mosque with it’s high monumental arch
Here it hides the dome behind & was a feature of late sultanate mosque architecture
Photo 3 Beglar 1870s @britishlibrary
A mimbar/pulpit and mihrab or niche indicating qibla -the direction for prayers – as Muslims pray in the direction of Kaaba, are very important features of all mosques.
Contrast bet my photos photo 4- A view of the interior by William Daniell, from The Oriental Scenes of India, ( 1835)
The building is raised on a high platform reached by three entrance gateways with steep flights of stairs.
No idea why it was titled as tomb
Photo 5 “Tomb at Jionpoor,” an engraving by Roberts and French, 1850
The sheer size of this mosque can be seen in this
Photo 6- Pencil drawing of the Jami Masjid [?] at Jaunpur by Robert Smith (1787-1873) in March 1813 at @BLAsia_Africa
Details of the mosque interior
It’s a functioning mosque and has been painted
Rest of the photos from my 2018 visit