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Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra - Ajmer India

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.

Established : 1199 CE
Entry Fee : No Entry fee
Timing : 5 AM to 9 PM
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.

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