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The Moti Masjid, located in the bazaar part of Bhopal city, famous for many lakes, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is also known as the Pearl Mosque. Moti Masjid was built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum, the renowned daughter of Qudisiya Begum. The history of the mosque is associated with her illustrious rule during which time numerous impressive buildings of architectural excellence and roads were built under her direction. The beautiful building resembles the Jama Masjid of Delhi in its architectural style, but relatively small in size.
It is one of the largest mosques in India, a huge pink structure with two colossal white-domed minarets and three bulbous domes, a distinctive local landmark visible for miles around the Capital city.
The brick red color and a white - marble facade enhance the pristine beauty of this 19th century Masjid that stands majestically in this part of the city. People visiting Bhopal can not miss this dazzling monument that dominates the landscape. The Masjid is adorned with two golden spiked cupolas at top and two dark - red minarets standing independently on either sides. The main prayer hall is built with lustrous pure white marble stones that shine like pearl. Hence, the mosque got its name as the Pearl Mosque.The prayer call for the followers of Islam is given from the top of the minarets as in other Masjids. The minarets of Bhopal Moti Masjid are considered as the 'gate from heaven and earth'.
|Moti Masjid, Bhopal. thebhopalgrand.com|
Moti Masjid is accessed from any part of the city by buses, auto and taxis. The city is well linked to major cities Delhi, Mumbai, Gwalior, Jhansi and Ujjain by train. Shaukat Mahal, Van Vihar National Park, Lower Lake and Birla Museum are among other attractions located near the Moti Masjid.