The Jama Masjid is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Construction began in 1650 and was completed in 1656. It lies at the beginning of the Chawri Bazar Road, a very busy central street of Old Delhi. The later name, Jama Masjid, refers to the weekly Friday noon congregation prayers of Muslims, Jummah, which are usually done in a mosque, the "congregational mosque" or "jāma masjid". The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers. The mosque also houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the Qur'an written on deer skin.
On April 14, 2006, there were two explosions within the Jama Masjid. The first explosion came at around 17:26 (5:26) and the second about seven minutes later, at around 17:33 (5:33) (IST). At least thirteen people were injured in the blasts. There were about 1000 people in the mosque at the time of the blasts since it was Friday, the Muslim holy day. According to official spokesmen, there was no damage to the mosque itself.
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willperrett (7424) 2014-04-20 4:11
I can't for the life of me, imagine why no-one here on TE has seen fit to comment on this photograph. The slightly misty (early morning?) light works to mute the tones, which you have sensibly allowed, without trying to compensate in Photoshop by racking up the saturation. The size of the mosque is emphasized, not just by the people on the square, but by the spread of the square itself. The birds are an important compositional element, drawing together the sky and the land. The sky itself is bleached out: realistic maybe, but leaving a large white "negative space" in your image. It's only problem.
- Copyright: Pierre Heimann (heimann2) (589)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-01-06
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony SLT-A65V, Tamron AF 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 Di II VC
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-11 2:06