Fatehpuri Masjid

Delhi is a popular city in India which has two faces of its own - it is a busy bustling cosmopolitan city as well as it preserves the values and monuments of the past. Here we see the culmination of the past and present, ancient and modern lives. The city has been the capital of India even during the Mughal reign.

The Mughals have ruled the city for three centuries and hence has left their impression everywhere in Delhi. The monuments, mosques and other establishments give the tourists the feel of their architecture. Fatehpuri Masjid is one of the historical monuments that will reminiscence the old Mughal era. 

Fatehpuri Masjid of Shahjahanabad was built by Fatehpuri Begum, one of the wives of Shahjahan. Built in the 17th century this red stone mosque is located in the busiest markets in Delhi, Chandni Chowk. It is a fine example of Mughal architecture. The mosque was built with lime mortar with black and white stripes. There are two tall minarets with the central courtyard created with red stones. There are two long verandas which are 12 feet apart that runs till the main arch. The interior floors of the mosque are made up of marble. There are marble steps that lead to the main podium. The prayer hall has pillared walls and seven lobed arcades. There is also a beautiful marble water tank that is used by the devotees to cleanse themselves before the prayers. The special feature of this mosque is that it is the only mosque built with single dome as most of the mosques built during the Mughal era had multi dome structure.

This Masjid still stands as a living monument of the Mughal reign and the great Indian history of war and peace. It instills the tourist with peace and tranquility, hence visited by thousands of tourists every year.  During the festivals like Id-Ul-Fitr and Id-Ul-Zuha the masjid is in its glory with lights and music all around it. The mosque stands in the crowded and busiest markets in Delhi, Chandni Chowk. Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest spice market, is developed around the Masjid.

History of Fatehpuri Masjid

Fatehpuri Masjid is the 17th century mosque built with red stone is the fine example of Mughal architecture. Built in 1650 by the Fatehpuri Begum, the wife of Emperor Shahjahan, is a beautiful historical monument. This masjid is located in the Western part of Delhi in Chandni Chowk the oldest streets in Delhi.

As per the history, during the rule of Mughals, the Masjid was at its pomp and glory with water fountains decorating the monument. During the British rule, the Masjid got affected and the glory was lost. In 1857, during the Indian Mutiny, the mosque became the halting station for the British troops. It was then the walls of the masjid were tarnished and damaged. This kind of annoying incidents continued for quite a long time till the mosque was auctioned to Rai Lala Chunnamal, who preserved the mosque. It was in 1877 that the mosque was given back to the Muslims by the then Government in the Delhi Durbar.

Best Time to Visit Fatehpuri Masjid

Fatehpuri Masjid is located in Chandini Chowk in Delhi. It is one of the favorite tourist destinations and thousands of tourists visit this place daily. Although, the local people visit the masjid to offer their daily prayers, it is ideal to visit the Masjid during festivals like Id-Ul-Fitr and Id-Ul-Zuha. It is during this time of the year that the masjid can be seen in it true glitz and glory.

How to Reach

By Road

The masjid is located near Red fort and other historical monuments, most of the city tour operators will have Fatehpuri Masjid in their itinerary. Moreover, it is located in Chandni Chowk, hence has good connectivity to other parts of the city and local bus can help one to reach the place.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Old Delhi railway station and the nearest metro railway station is the Chandni Chowk station.

By Air

The nearest airport is the IGI airport which is only 19 kms away.


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