|Jama Masjid.Junagadh. Scroll.in|
|Dome of Jama Masjid by TravelPod Member Alison_l_ - TripAdvisor|
|www.columbia.edu. The Jama Masjid, Junagarh, Gujara|
The magnificent Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), built in Indo-Saracenic style in1423 during the reign of Ahmedabad’s founder Ahmed Shah I is just west of Manek Chowk a chaotic urban part of the city. Inside the masjid it is quiet and serene and one could see people doing Namaz silently.
The mosque and arcades are made of beautiful yellow sandstone and the interesting intricate caving on it throws light of the quality of artistic work done by the highly talented artisans of those days. The white marble floored wide open courtyard, is surrounded by a columned arcade displaying painted giant striking Arabic calligraphy. Yet another feature is the water tank in the center as one will find in the Hindu temple, and it was meant for for ritual ablutions in the center. The impressive structures that attract the visitors are the two principal minarets flanking the main arched entrance way collapsed in the 1819 earthquake, their lower portions still stand. The main prayer hall has There are over 260 columns supporting the roof, with its 15 domes, in the main prayer hall which is characteristic of a maze of light and shadows. A notable feature is some of the central domes are carved like lotus flowers, as one will find in the typical domes of Jain temples; and some of the pillars are carved with the form of a bell hanging on a chain, resembling the ones that often hang in Hindu temples. The carving of an 'Om', an important symbol on one of the inner most widows is unusual in a masjid. It is likely the place was once a Hindu shrine and the masjid was built on it.