India fact: The largest mosque in India is Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid in New Delhi is the largest mosque in India. It was built in 1656 by Shah Jahan who is best known as the builder of the Taj Mahal. Much like the emperor’s other creations, the Jama Masjid too was a massive undertaking. 15,000 artisans worked on it and took fifteen years to complete it.

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The mosque’s made up of red sandstone and white marble and overlooks Chandni Chowk and the Red Fort. It can accommodate up to 25,000 people at a time. The mosque’s architecture is influenced by Hinduism and Jainism. This is evident in the 260 pillars in the western chamber. The mosque contains the mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed Shah.

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