Delhi Jama Masjid is among the Heritage monuments of India that reflects the culture, tradition & sentiments of a community.
Every day, Infinite locals & foreigners visit Jama Masjid to capture the beautiful monument in their own eyes. It is surrounded by the crowded lanes of Old Delhi.
It’s really necessary that we should know a bit about the place we are planning to go to. So that no unwanted surprises can act as a barrier in our experience. This is how the normal human mind thinks.
i.e. Excited to know about the things for the first-timer to Jama Masjid of Delhi? Let’s start –
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Few Things to carefully understand about Delhi Jama Masjid
Every religion has it’s own values and beliefs. Let’s look at some in this case –
1. Keep your shoes folded
As you climb up the stairs of Jama Masjid, take out your shoes before the entrance. You can keep the shoes in the shoe rack outside the entrance of Masjid by paying Rs.10 per person pair to safeguard your shoes.
Either you can carry along.
Just keep in mind to fold the shoes and carry them, as you can see in the image above. In case you want to put your shoes down, follow the same rule of keeping your shoes folded.
In other words, keeping your shoe palm on the ground is a bad practice in the Muslim religion.
2. Fully covered clothes
Men and Women are advised to wear full sleeves clothes so that no part of the body can be seen naked.
Foreign tourists especially women’s have been given a gown to wear on their clothes. The gown is a full stretch gown till the bottom of the legs. The charges of the gown are Rs.50 per person and can be collected from the entrance of Jama Masjid.
The gown will be available on rent and you have to return while existing the Masjid.
Yes, the making of Tik-Tok videos is not allowed inside the premises. Earlier many people were caught making Tik-Tok videos. It’s a religious place where people are attached, both emotionally and mentally. You must respect other people’s sentiments and beliefs.
4. Don’t take Inappropriate Pictures
Inappropriate pictures such as doing a handstand or some other gestures with Jama Masjid in the background are considered as not appropriate.
i.e. Simply click the pictures and save as memories.
Honestly, pictures in front of a heritage monument are itself a presentation of pride and dignity and you don’t want to make a photograph shown like disrespect of any religion.
These are some of the points that you must keep on a high priority list.
key things you must look to do in Jama Masjid
Just like any other religious place, you must be thinking what else can we do apart from prayer?
Yes, you are partially correct but there is something at every place that you’ll be going to remember.
Let’s make memories –
1. Sit under the shades in Peaceful Environment
Jama Masjid of Delhi is the biggest & famous mosque and one can easily spot a place to sit under the shades during heat season. Although, winters are also preferred by many to sit under the shades and inhale the open fresh air.
Do you know that Delhi 6 Jama Masjid is situated on a mountain at the highest point in Delhi?
2. Feed the Pigeons
You can find hundreds of Pigeons in the Jama Masjid and feeding a bird or an animal is a noble cause.
In the morning, you can see eagles and crows glittering all over the sky with their presence. A fantastic sky scene to capture from your eyes and camera too.
3. Take a bird’s eye view
Yes, you can take a bird’s eye view of whole Delhi from Minaret of Jama Masjid. The ticket price for Indian’s is Rs.50 per person and for foreigner’s is Rs.100 per person. The height of minaret is 40m and is fair enough to get the aerial view.
You have to pay Rs.10 just before the entrance of minaret to keep your shoes.
Do you know that 121 stairs lead to Minaret top?
One Minaret is open for the public while the other is closed.
It’s not easy to cross each other on the stairs coming from different directions. I hope that this signifies the space available on the way & on the top of the minaret.
4. Wash your hands and feet before doing the Prayer
The courtyard of Jama Masjid has a pool of water where people wash their hands and feet before doing the Nawaz. It’s present at the center of the mosque courtyard. Also, washing hands and feet in the pool known as doing Hauz before doing the prayer.
5. Attend the Friday Prayer
During Friday Nawaz people gather inside the Jama Masjid for prayer. Seeing thousands of people in prayer will going to be a bliss to your eyes and soul.
If you are present at Jama Masjid during the Friday prayer time, take care that you don’t disturb anyone by your actions or anything else.
6. Adore Cats
There are numerable cats in Jama Masjid moving slowly and steadily from one place to another. The cats are adorable that will guide the inner you to follow them.
Where is Jama Masjid located in Delhi?
Jama Masjid is located in old Delhi. If you are coming to Jama Masjid via metro then there are various stations like Jama Masjid, Lal Qila, Chawri Bazar and Chandni Chowk, from where you can easily come to Jama Masjid Mosque.
There are no entry fees to enter the Mosque as such but If you are carrying a camera then you need to pay Rs.300. Minaret charges are separate for Indians & Foreign Tourists.
Jama Masjid in Summer vs Winter Season
Since the Jama Masjid Mosque has been made of Marble and Limestone i.e. the floor remains hot during the summer season. To find a solution, carpets were put in multiple rows so that people can walk over them.
Early winter mornings are the best time to visit if you want to visit in peace because the Jama Masjid will start getting crowded towards the afternoon and evening.
It remains open till 6:30 p.m. i.e. sunset from Jama Masjid will be a heart-warming option.
Some Interesting but less known facts about Jama Masjid
Do you know that the stairs of the three gates of Jama Masjid Delhi are not equal? Stairs of Gate No.1 and Gate No.2 are equal but stairs of Gate No.2 are more. Also, if you stand before the entrance of Gate No.2 and click a picture, you can see that the mosque is a little tilted. It’s somehow difficult to tell from the eyes but the picture can answer.
Gate no.2 is called Shahi Darwaza while gate No.1 & 3 are normal.
It is said that approx. 199 people can gather and do the prayer from the marked position inside the mosque.