Historical | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 6 km from Lucknow Junction, Jama Masjid is a mosque located in the Tahseenganj area of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Also called Jami Masjid, it is one of the most beautiful mosques in India, and among the must-visit attractions in Lucknow.
The construction of this mosque was started in the year 1839 AD by King Mohammad Ali Shah, the 3rd Nawab of Awadh with the intention to surpass the Jama Masjid at Delhi in size. However, his dream was left unfulfilled because of his sudden demise. Later, his wife, Malika Jahan Begum, took the charge and completed the construction in 1845 AD. But because of the shortage of funds, the original ambition was curtailed. Despite being constructed on a low budget, Jama Masjid has an unrivaled charm.
Known for its intricate style of design and architecture, it is built entirely with Lakhuri bricks and lime. The mosque complex is erected on a square terrace and stands straight on around 260 pillars. The pillars have carvings that have been inspired by Hindu and Jain culture. The entire structure of the mosque is adorned with stucco motifs, which adds a different grandeur to the mosque.
Inside the mosque, there is a prayer hall which is rectangular in shape and a beautiful facade of eleven arches located on the west. The central facade is the largest of all with includes an imposing gateway which is also adorned with gorgeous stucco work. On the top of the prayer hall lies the three pear-shaped domes that are exquisitely ornamented with the inverted lotus. These domes are surrounded by four-storey minarets placed on either side. The tomb of Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah lies on the eastern side, whereas, the Imambara of Malika Jahan is located on the western side of the mosque complex.
The Jama Masjid is presently an active mosque that continues to organize important celebrations such as Eid-Ul-Fitr and Id-Ul-Zuha. However, non-muslims are not allowed into the mosque.
Timings: 5 AM - 9 PM