Photographer's Note

Fatehpuri Masjid, built in 1650 is more than a mosque. Named after one of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's wives, it is at the end of Chandni Chowk, which initially began at the Red Fort. In those days one did not have to encounter heavy traffic to walk from one end of the street to the other.

Fatehpuri Masjid was in a way a rival of the Jama Masjid, the latter built by the Emperor and the former the creation of his begum, a devout woman, who, could not think of a better way to commemorate herself. In former times the mosque was not encroached upon by shops that are such an eyesore now. But there is a practical reason for having them there because of the income they bring to the trust that looks after the mosque and without which its upkeep would be difficult.

This is one of the oldest surviving mosques in India that has only one dome. The later Mughal architecture encouraged multi-domed masjid. The mosque is primarily built on the conservative Afghan design that has the prayer hall in the very middle and has seven-arched openings.

I went to this mosque early in the morning, when there were only a handful of people. This is a stitch of 3 shots to trying to show the reflection of the brightly coloured mosque in the water in the ablution tank, Hauz, in front of the mosque. Pls. do check the Large Version as well.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
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