Jama Masjid is a mosque at Srinagar, which comes under the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated at Nowhatta, in the middle of the old city. It is an important mosque in Srinagar, which is built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD. Later his son Sultan Sikandar, and Zain-ul-Abidin got the mosque extended. 370 wooden pillers and beautiful courtyard along with Indo-Saracenic architecture are some of the attractions of Jama Masjid. On each friday, the mosque is flocked by thousands of Muslims to offer prayers. This mosque has seen suffered from several destruction till date, as it was ruined thrice by fire and was reconstructed each time.
Another feature of the mosque is the peace and tranquility inside it, standing out against the hustle of the old bazars around it. Jama Masjid is known as one of the sacred mosques in India. Be it the holiness or the conatructional elegance, the mosque is unparalleled in every aspect. The area of Jama Masjid extends up to an area of 384 feet by 381 feet. This spacious mosque holds a capacity to accommodate more than 33,333 people offering prayer at a time. However, there is a perfectly square garden in the middle and the mosque is surrounded by wide lanes on all the four sides. At the peak, about 100,000 people offer prayers together.
While looking into the origin and construction if Jama Masjid, the name of Maharaja Pratap Singh comes several times as it was during his Kingdom that the maintenance and repair works of the mosque was carried out. Pratap Singh enthusiastically encouraged the reconstruction of Jama Masjid many a time and even offered financial assistance too. The mosque was destroyed thrice by fire and rebuilt each time by Maharaja Pratap Singh. Despite if this, Jama Masjid still today stands tall and evokes the glorious historical stories to each visitor.
Such a beautiful feature of Srinagar i.e ‘Jama Masjid’ must be included in every ‘Kashmir Holiday Packages’ which are selected by the tourists while going to Kashmir.