|Rani Rupmati mosque in 1430 1440 ADAlamy|
|Rani Rupmati mosque, Ahmedabad. MapmyIndia Map|
Ahmedabad city in Gujarat state has a number of beautiful old mosques and some of them have superb architecture. Located on the Northern side of the city, there lies an impressive mosque called Rani Rupmati mosque built by Sultan Mehmud Beghara. Beghara (r. 25 May 1458 – 23 November 1511), was the most prominent Sultan of Gujarat Sultanate. Raised to the throne at young age, he successfully captured Pavagadh and Junagadh forts in battles which gave him his name Begada. Some historians point out that he got the title because of his big twisted moustache that looked like a bull's twisted horns. He established Champaner as the capital.
|Begumpur Mosque; Dindigul,en.wikipedia.org|
|Aurangabad. Bibi Ka Makbaraen.wikipedia.org|
The other one is the Bibi Ka Maqbara (English: "Tomb of the Lady") and it is a tomb located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. It was commissioned by Aurangzeb's Son Azam in memory of his Mother Dilras Banu Begum (posthumously known as Rabia-ud-Daurani). The unique feature of this mosque is it has a striking resemblance to the famous Taj Mahal, Agra the mausoleum of Aurangzeb's mother, Mumtaz Mahal.
|Rani Rupmati mosque, Ahmedabad.MapmyIndia Map|
What is so special about this mosque.? This mosque is named after the queen of a Sultan - Rani Rupmati. It is popularly known as Masjid-e-Nagina or Mirzapur queen's mosque. The sultan was so much fond of his beloved wife, he named the mosque after her in fond memory. It took 10 long years for him to complete the construction work in 1440 AD. The work on the mosque was undertaken during the later period of Ahmed Shah I's reign. Ahmed Shah belongs to Muzaffarid dynasty; between 1411 to 1442 he ruled the Gujarat Sultanate. The historical mosque is characteristic of impressive domes, carved galleries and tall and thin minarets. This mosque stands out above other structure because the fusion of Hindu and Muslim architecture accentuates the beauty of this mosque. The mosque measures, 105 feet long, forty-six broad, and thirty-two high. Due to the natural calamity that affected the Ahmedabad city in the year 1818, the mosque lost one of its minarets. The ceiling of the dome is beautified with the Hindu style patterns. The prayer hall of the mosque is of great aesthetic value, consisting of exquisite carving. ASI has declared it as a monument of national importance.