Photographer's Note

The Masjid-i-Jahan Numa means “The mosque commanding a view of the world” and this might have almost been the case even back then being elevated high above the surrounding bustling congested streets, it is kind of tucked down into the labyrinth of streets in the heart of Old Delhi. It is a magnificent mosque, the largest in India also popularly known as the Jama Masjid, built in 1656 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal and his last great architectural work.

A fine example of Mughal architecture designed by Mughal architect Ostad Khalil, also a great sculpture during his time. It was built with red sandstone and white marble, measures at 80m by 27m with two 40 meters high minarets and three black and white domes dominate the skyline. There is a broad flights of steps which lead up to the three impressive gateways, the largest is the east, it is where the faithful enter daily, the other two gates are the north and south. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshipers at one time.

The design of the mosque is similar to many other mosques built by Shah Jahan but the beauty of it lies in the hugeness of the structure and at the same time the alternating stripes of red sandstone and white marble, makes it exceptionally beautiful and architecturally, a thing of wonder. Inside the mosque, there are certain things to watch, including a copy of the Qur'an written on deer skin and several relics in a closet in the north gate.

Picture of a lone prayer getting some peace and calm from the mayhem that is Delhi outside the mosque, shot taken from some distant away respecting her total privacy.

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