| Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. www.terragalleria.com|
|Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. ornate pillars of Hindu temples. www.trekearth.com|
|Statues from destroyed Jain temples near Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque . en.wikipedia.org|
|Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque.typical Hindu temple ambiance, www.studenthandouts.com|
|gate way,Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and Qutub MinarComplex, Delhi, www.saylor.org|
|Close up of the inscriptions en.wikipedia.org|
Above image: Close up of the inscriptions on main gate way arch - Alai Darwaza built by Alauddin Khilji. The domed gateway is decorated with red sandstone and inlaid white marble decorations; first building in India to employ Islamic architecture principles in its construction and ornamentation. ...............
Iltutmish’s extension of the mosque in 1230 A.D. was Islamic in character and design, although Hindu shafts, capitals and architraves are still there. The inner court yard shows the influence of Hindu architecture as revealed by the rows of beautiful ornate pillars, Hindu motif, tasselled ropes and bells, tendrils and leaves of flowers and the cow and the calf. It has intricately carved temple ceiling. Muslim historian Maulana Hakim Saiyid Abdul Hai attested to the iconoclasm of Qutb-ud-din Aibak.
The central part of the stone screen built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak has a height of 16 meters with pointed arch built in 1196 AD. A typical Islamic design and architecture dominated by carvings of flowers, leaves, etc.
A historical place to appreciate the legacy of fusion of Hindu and Muslim architectural designs, artistic and eye-catching Islamic ornamentation and curvaceous calligraphic works.