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DELHI-I( IMAGES FROM DELHI - FIRST IN A SERIES OF 5 IMAGES).

During a recent visit to the Indian Capital,I happen to get some leisure time out a of tight schedule to shoot some photographs which I am going to share with my friends on TE.This one was shot at Old Delhi's Jama Masjid, one of the largest and most well known mosques in India.This is the Eastern Gate of the Mosque as visible from the Courtyard.

Some Tidbits about Jama Masjid :

The foundation of the historic Jama Masjid was laid on a hillock in Shahjahanabad by the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shahjahan, on Friday, October 19,1650 AD,. The mosque was the result of the efforts of over 6,000 workers, over a period of six years (1650–1656 AD). The cost of the construction in those times was 10 lakh (1 million) Rupees.Emperor Shahjahan also built the Taj Mahal, at Agra and the Red Fort in New Delhi, which stands opposite the Jama Masjid. The Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD (1066 AH), with three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble.About 25,000 people can pray here at a time. The mosque has a vast paved rectangular courtyard, which is nearly 75 m by 66 m. The whole of the western chamber is a big hall standing on 260 pillars all carved from Hindu and Jain traditions. The central courtyard is accessible from the East. The Eastern side entrance leads to another enclosure containing the mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed Shah.

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