Monday, 21 May 2018

Jumma Masjid, oldest mosque in Bangaluru, Karnataka

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As far as Bangaluru is concerned, the earliest recorded history of Islamic influence could be traced to 1638. The old Bengaluru Pete (now) part of the Bengaluru city) was  seized by  Bijapur Sultan who ruled for the next 50 years. later, it chanded hands and in 1687, the Moguls leased the town and the surrounding areas to Chikkadeva Raya Wodeyar of the Kingdom of Mysore.  In 1690 AD. Chikkadeva Raya Wodeyar (1673 AD –1704 AD) constructed an oval-shaped fort south of the old mud fort  for security reasons and upon his death in 1704,  Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan controlled this place till 1790 when the East India Company took over the control. During the reign of Hyder Ali and Tipu, many mosques and dargas were built in  and around Bengaluru.

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Jumma Masjid,  located in the busy K.R. Market area, is not only one of the the oldest ones in this region, but also a popular place of worship. This historical mosque is known for its beautiful architecture. The distinctive feature here is the main elevated prayer hall. It  is on a well-raised  ground adorned with soaring, granite pillars which were brought from Tipu Sultans's palace in Srirangapatna in Madhya District. It is believed to been constructed around 1790. It was built by Haji Abdul Quddus in the early 19th century during the Mogul rule. It was earlier known as the Sangian Jamia Masjid but is now called the Jumma Masjid.  Made of brick and mortar,  the masjid has an impressive front, accentuated with well embellished  elaborate jali-work and floral motifs.
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Jumma Masjid Bangalorebangaloretourist.blogspot
Inside the masjid, there are  two magnificent minarets  that stretch upto the spherical domes right above the balconies. They  are ornamented with a  large number of pigeonholes.  A beautiful pattern  that had  been previously concealed under successive layers of white paint on the minarets, was discovered in the past inside the Jumma Masjid of Bangalore.  During festivals, the minars  and the building are  beautifully decorated with serial color  lights. 

http://www.bangaloreindia.org.uk/religious-places/jumma-masjid.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Places_of_worship_in_Bangalore#Jamia_Masjid