Delhi marks the place where a lot of monuments built in Mughal architecture are present that represent the beauty and the magnificence of the Mughal architecture style. Fatehpuri Mosque, located in Chandni Chowk is one of such monument in Delhi.
Location: Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Entry Timings: 05:00 am to 09:30 pm
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk Metro Station on Yellow Line
Nearest Bus Stand: Fatehpuri Bus Stop
When was the mosque built?
The Fatehpuri mosque was built by one of the wives of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan known as Fatehpuri Begum who belonged to Fatehpur Sikri. The mosque was built in 1650 under the begum and she believed that in this way she will be in the memories of the people for a long time.
What is the architecture of the mosque?
The mosque has been built as per the Mughal architecture, but is not as magnificent as other Mughal monuments. The main mosque was built over a high platform and is mostly built of red sandstones. The main dome is not very large but is beautifully designed by white and black strips. Though it gives an impression that the dome is built with marble but is originally built with lime mortar.
There are two towers on both sides of the mosque which also add to the beauty of the mosque. Just like there is a prayer hall in most of the mosques, the Fatehpuri mosque also has a prayer hall that has seven entries. All the seven entries are beautifully arched where the central arch is the biggest and also has parapets built over them. The mosque also has single and double storeyed apartments on each side. Other than that, the mosque also houses a few graves in it, most of which are believed to be the graves of the imams who died in the mosque like Hazrat Nanoon Shah, Shah Jalal, Mufti Muhammad Mazhar etc. The mosque also houses a water tank that is used by the people for washing themselves when they come here for the Namaz.
Fatehpuri mosque has three gates in total – one that faces towards the Red Fort, one on the Northern side of the mosque and the last one on the Southern side of the mosque. On the Northern side there is Khari Baoli which is considered to be Asia’s biggest market for spices and groceries. On the southern side of Fatehpuri mosque is Katra Baryan.
Why and when should you visit Fatehpuri Mosque?
Fatehpuri mosque is very simple in design, in contrast with the grandeur with which most of Mughal monuments have been built. The simplicity of the mosque is what attracts most of the people towards the mosque. As soon as you enter the mosque, you are going to love the calmness of the environment.
Though you can visit the Fatehpuri mosque anytime of the year, the best time to visit is during Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Zuha. Id-ul-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan when the people who had been fasting break their fast with delicious dishes. Id-ul-Zuha, also known as Bakr-Id is celebrated among muslims by sacrificing a goat. People pray and give gifts to each other on this festival.
Fatehpuri Mosque is located in one of the most crowded places in Delhi, but when you enter the mosque you will forget the chaos present outside and your mind and soul will be filled with calmness.