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Fatehpuri Masjid in Delhi is 17th century mosque

Chanchal Manohar Singh | May 11, 2019 10:32 PM
Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi
Chanchal Manohar Singh

  Fatehpuri Masjid is a 17th century mosque named after the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife- Fatehpuri Begum. Built in 1650, the mosque is constructed entirely of red stone and boasts of a fluted dome and towering minarets. A masterpiece of Mughal architecture, the mosque has a vast central prayer hall designed with seven enormous arches. The monument is famous as it was used to station the Indian troops during the war of 1857. Later, it was also auctioned by the British to a local merchant.

The mosque was built by Fatehpuri Begum- wife to the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1650. Later, it was used to station the Indian troops during the Sepoy Mutiny Movement of 1857. 

Boasting of spectacular architectural expertise of the bygone Mughal era, the mosque has three huge entrance gates, one of which opens across the road from Red Fort and the other two are located towards the North and South. The mosque is thronged by devotees and tourists alike owing to its heritage and historical significance. The most popular festivals celebrated at the place are Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Azha when the edifice is beautifully decorated and is a sight to behold.

History of Fatehpuri Masjid

The mosque was built by Fatehpuri Begum- wife to the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1650. Later, it was used to station the Indian troops during the Sepoy Mutiny Movement of 1857. Post the war, the British sold the mosque to a local trader Rai Lala Chunnamal for INR 19000, who preserved and protected the mosque till 1877 when it was again acquired by the government in exchange for four villages. When the Muslims were allowed to reside in Old Delhi- the acquisition of the monument was handed over to them at the Delhi Durbar. As of now, Maulana Mukarram Ahmad has been serving as the chief imam and mufti for the last 42 years and he continues to do so. Before him, his father was the chief priest.

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