An Introduction to Jama Masjid Ahmedabad
Jama Masjid is the biggest Mosque in Ahmedabad. The name Jama Masjid comes from the word “Jumma” or “Jummah” (Litteral meaning is Friday. It the sixth day of the Islamic week. As the Islamic week starts on Sunday, this falls on Friday. Jumma is considered to the holiest day of the week, and Muslims are advised to not work on that day, rest and partake in prayers). This is the reason why it is also known as Jami or Jumma Mosque. Ahmed Shah I, king of Ahmedabad that time built Jama Masjid in the year 1424.
The Architecture of Jama Masjid Ahmedabad
It is built with yellow sandstones. It is Indo-Islamic architecture Architectural style. There are three entrances to Masjid, one at the center of each side. The prayer hall occupies the fourth (east) side. The prayer room is also rectangular and covered by four domes.
In its Indo-Saracenic architecture, the mosque also contains many syncretic elements not necessarily obvious to the viewer. Some of the central domes are carved like lotus flowers, closely related to the typical domes of Jain temples. And some of the pillars are carved with the form of a bell hanging on a chain, in reference to the bells that often hang in Hindu temples.
How to reach Jama Masjid Ahmedabad?
There is no public transport that directly connects (The only reason, probably because the Masjid is in a dense area of Ahmedabad. Even in afternoon there is much traffic, so walking is the fastest option). AMTS (a local bus service) can also use to reach nearest AMTS stop. But it is advisable to have a private or own vehicle.
It is 3 km (walking distance) from Ahmedabad Railway station and 1.5 km from the central bus station of Ahmedabad.
Duration and best time to visit
Total visit time will not take more than 30 mins. One can visit anytime. But to advise you prefer visiting in morning and evening. Basically due to temperature in afternoon. Manek Chowk Market(Manek Chowk: best place to eat in Ahmedabad) surrounds the Jama Masjid.