Jama Masjid

  • imageSrinagar
  • Jammu & Kashmir

About Jama Masjid in Srinagar, Kashmir

Located in Nowhatta also called as Downtown, Jama Masjid is the biggest mosque in Kashmir Valley and amongst the top attractions for tourists in Srinagar. The mosque’s prime location, impressive architecture, large size, as well as historical and religious importance makes it quite a popular place to see in Srinagar. Every Friday, the sacred Jama Masjid can be seen thronged by thousands of devotees to offer prayers.

History of Jama Masjid Kashmir

Jamia Masjid was built in 1402 by Sultan Sikandar. The existing construction was done on the orders of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir in 1672. The mosque has been subject to severe damage due to fire. The fire brokeout in Jama Masjid thrice, the last incident taking place during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb.

Architecture of Jama Masjid Kashmir

The architecture of Jama Masjid has the influence of the Indo-Saracenic style.  A magnificent courtyard with 370 wooden pillars add to the charm of Jama Masjid. There are three entrance gates on north, south and eastern sides of Jama Masjid with three turrets standing on the tall columns of deodar wood. The mosque is large in size and can accommodate 33333 people at a time.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Jama Masjid Kashmir

  • On Fridays, the mosque is too crowded and should be avoided to visit if you are a tourist.
  • The best time of the day to visit Jama Masjid is during the first prayer. The air seems filled with peace and sanctity.
  • Maintain the decorum of the religious place and wear long-sleeved clothes with full length trousers or salwars and don’t forget to cover your head.