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Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Ajmer

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra is a remarkable structure of Indo-Islamic architecture said to have been built in two and a half days flat. This mosque was a Sanskrit college in the 12th century but in 1193 AD Mohammad Ghori destroyed the college and built a mosque in its place. It is built on pillars and surprisingly no two pillars are alike.

The distinct pillars-and arched "Screen" with its ruined minarets make it a splendid architectural masterpiece. The monument has seven arched walls with Islamic calligraphy, though most of it now remains in ruins.

"Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra" literally means "shed of two-and-a-half days". As mentioned earlier, a legend states that a part of the mosque was built in two-and-a-half days. Some Sufis claim that the name signifies a human's temporary life on the earth. According to the ASI, the name probably comes from a two-and-a-half-day-long fair that used to be held at the site.

Har Bilas Sarda points out that the name "Adhai-Din-ka-Jhonpra" is not mentioned in any historical source. Before the 18th century, the mosque was simply known as a "Masjid" ("mosque"), since it had been the only mosque in Ajmer for centuries.

Places around : Taragarh About 3 kms.
The structure : The archways are finely engraved with Kufi and Jughra inscriptions from the Holy Koran. The mosque has 10 domes supported by 124 pillars. These pillars depict Hindu and Jain architecture.
Entry Fee : No Entry fee
Timing : 5 AM to 9 PM

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