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The Delhi Sultanate's power declined after the powerful raid by Timur and this made Ghauri, governor of Mandu declare his independence in A.D. 1401, with Sultan Dilawar Khan declaring himself Shah, an independent ruler. His successor Hoshang Shah, moved the capital from Dhar to the plateau of Mandu. Shaw chose the right place to rule the country. Bounded on three sides by a rift valley, overlooking the Narmada river to the south from a height of 300 metres, the fortress of Mandu had a natural protection against the enemies and was virtually impregnable.
Jama Masji (also called Jami Masjid) is in Mandu in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and its style of design is that of Mogul. Mogul architecture normally mixes the Hindu architectural elements to add zest to it and also to establish their territorial integrity.
The mosque occupying a total area of 88 square meters (950 sq ft), has the main entrance on the eastern entrance. As it is noticeable in numerous mosques built centuries ago in India, this structure is also built on an elevated platform 4.6 m (15 ft). From the one half of an inscription on the doorway to the porch it can be inferred that Jami Masjid was constructed on the model of ''Mosque of Damascus''. The doorway also carries jams and lintel that carry embellishments and reminds us of the Hindu architectural influence A flight of steps lead to the grand, domed porch on the east. There are intricate stone jallis inside for lighting purpose and they must have been used sparingly in the by-gone era. The spacious doomed hall has delicate trellis screens. Entering through the west doorway of the porch, one comes across spacious courtyard enclosed on three sides by the colonnaded verandas covered with domes. The prayer hall which is across the courtyard to the west of it, has 58 small domes and three large ones. The dominance of the domes is just overwhelming. Among the elements that enhance the beauty of this mosque, the monumental entrance from the east is worth mentioning. It is elegant, with a main arched doorway flanked by two smaller openings. The whole structure is faced with red sandstone and there no intricate decorations.
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Vide wikipedia: this mosque is being administrated by the Nagore Durgah committee of Nagore, Nagapatnam District, Tamil Nadu.