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The Jama Masjid is the principal mosque of Old Delhi in India.[1] 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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