From the Gandhi Ashram in Sabarmati, we went to the Jama Masjid Ahmedabad, where our guide took us inside and showed the mosque. The mosque is indeed the most magnificent mosque of Ahmedabad. It is located on the opposite side of the Mahatma Gandhi Road. I came to know that it is one of the largest mosques of India and was completely evident from its massiveness.
It was made using yellow stone and built by Sultan Ahmed Shah, who was also the founder of this city. It has many pillars, which support 15 domes. Three graves belonging to different great Gujarat rulers were lying there. The Koran inscriptions on deer skin and sandal were also there. On the day we visited, we found thousands and thousands of Muslims offering their prayers there. It has a blend of Hindu and Muslim style architecture.
I was very tired because the mosque was very large to be completely explored in a single day. Time was also running out but I decided to explore the entire place. It has got remarkable architectural designs on all the three directions. The Mosque has a big hall rectangular in shape where everybody offers their prayers. The dome’s architecture reflects the architecture of the domes of Jain temples. In the middle of the mosque, there was a sacred tank filled with holy water and capable of purifying the sins. People belonging to any community can worship there but should maintain their decorum.
Only males are allowed to go inside the mosque to offer their prayers. Women are not permitted to go to the main hall. While offering their prayers, the devotees should cover their heads and maintain the silence. The Jama Masjid Ahmedabad has the interment of Ahmed Shah I, his son Mohammad Shah and his grandson Qutb-ud din Ahmed Shah II and Sultan Ahmed Shah. There is a fully white marbled courtyard and a pool in the centre. I sat there for a while and took rest and took advantage of the soothing breeze. Because I loved to visit the ancient things, I really enjoyed visiting and gathering knowledge about this fabulous mosque indeed.