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We navigated the narrow streets south and east of State Highway 73 from the Atala to the Jhinjhiri Mosque. It was built in 1430 AD by the Sharqi Sultan Ibrahim Shah - a patron of architecture, and learning - next to the royal residence, and on the site of the famous HIndu temple Jayachandra. It was dedicated to his teacher, Sayyid Sadr Jahan Ajmal.

What is not known, is why we see today what we see - so I will hypothesize. (1) This abbreviated structure is all that was intended. (2) Located as it is some 100 metres north of the Gomti River, it was subjected to rains and floods. (3) The mosque was a victim of Sikander Lodi's anger with the Sharqis in that he vowed to wipe their buildings off the map (more or less). As an aside, I should point out that the Sharqis were Shia Muslims and the Lodis Sunni.

Our timing was excellent - just before 13:00 hours - and people were arriving for Juma Prayers. We had an escort of young children as we slowly wended our way down a narrow lane. The sun was high overhead, and this screen, framed by its two rectangular minars in the Jaunpur manner, is superb in its decoration. (see tomorrow's upload for the closeup)

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  • Copyright: Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-03-11
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-05-02 4:05
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