January 26, 2008

Fatehpur Sikri, Mosque Complex

Further to my post of yesterday on the Palace Complex of Fatehpur Sikri, I'd like to now share some information and my photographs of the Mosque Complex of Fatehpur Sikri, Agra District.


This Complex mainly includes the magnificent towering gateway called the Buland Darwaza, a smaller Badshahi Darwaza, one of the largest mosque of India, the Jama Masjid and its courtyard, a marvellous marble encased tomb of Shaikh Salim Chisti, and an assembly hall next to it called the Jamat Khana.


Jama Masjid and Buland Darwaza

There is a popular legend that while hunting around Sikri, Akbar's curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels, whom Akbar found out was of the renowned Sufi saint, Shaikh Salim Chisti. Since Akbar was without an heir for a long time, he made a pilgrimage to the renowned Salim Chisti, to seek his blessings. The saint blessed him and he had 3 sons. When Jehangir was born to him, Akbar named his son after the saint as a mark of his gratitude and ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri to be built under Salim's supervision.


Salim Chisti Ka Mazar (Tomb of Salim Chisti)


For more pictures on the Mosque Complex of Fatehpur Sikri, click here.

19 comments:

Shantanu said...

Strangely enough, I haven't visited the Taj even though I stayed in Delhi for over 10 years. Have to rectify that soon. :-)

Great pics of the Mughal architecture in Fatehpur Sikri.

GMG said...

Hi Celine, sorry again for having been a bit absent, but my week was too hectic... Anyhow, just in time for the Agra, Fatehpur Sikri visit!
Loved to see the beautiful pictures and to read the text, in particular the Journey to Agra. At the end, however, I feel that tourists are also, somehow, locals... from other worlds... ;))Thanks for the comments at Blogtrotter
Enjoy a great weekend!
Gil

Zhu said...

I'm not a religious person but I have always found Mosque very beautiful, and quite majestic. Churches usually have a colder feeling...

Kalyan said...

WoW...some beautifully captured shot & lovely reading...I have also visited this place & the architecture looks more beautiful & heavenly during the sunrise & the sunset!

final_transit said...

The Buland Darwaza does look strong and magnificent. The Mughal architecture blended with local style is unique indeed.

AJEYA RAO said...

Informative background, I had not heard of it before. NIce pics too.

backpakker said...

I am completely taken in by the stories and legends..great pictures..

indicaspecies said...

Shantanu,

It happens. I have neither checked out all the places in Karnataka, nor explored all places here in Kuwait that tourists manage to get to. Sometimes, I guess, it's a matter of lack of an opportunity. But I do hope you get a chance as a trip to Agra is so worth it.

I'm glad you liked the pictures. Thanks. :)

indicaspecies said...

Gil,

Truly, no apologies are needed. Yes, I agree with your observation that tourists are also locals in another world.

Thanks for your comments and your good wishes. I hope you have a relaxed weekend. :)

indicaspecies said...

zhu:

I've had such beautiful and serene feelings around certain Buddhist monastries. :)

indicaspecies said...

Kalyan,

Thank you for your kind words.

You were lucky to enjoy both sunrise and sunset there. Have you got a post or two on it on your blog? :)

indicaspecies said...

final_transit:

Priyank,

Islamic architecture blended with Hindu (Rajput, Bengali, Gujarati) architecture is the hallmark of Mughal architecture. It is similar at the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal as well. Interesting, isn't it?

indicaspecies said...

Ajeya,

Thank you. :)

indicaspecies said...

backpakker:

Thanks. Delighted that you liked them Lakshmi. ;)

Nandan said...

Interesting Read. Some of the ghumakkars are sharing their stories at www.ghumakkar.com

When free, check out this story of Sikri : http://www.ghumakkar.com/2008/01/29/a-visit-to-the-abandoned-city-of-fatehpur-sikri-part-i/

If it interests you, then write your travel stories there as well.

Nandan Jha said...

I think I err-ed on pasting the link:
Here it is http://www.ghumakkar.com/2008/01/29/a-visit-to-the-abandoned-city-of-fatehpur-sikri-part-i/

Kams said...

I liked the story and liked the pictures as well, Fatehpur Sikri is next on my list of places to go now in India

indicaspecies said...

Nandan,

Thank you for your visit, your kind comment and introducing me to ghumakkar.com.

I've had a quick look at the site and like what I see there. I shall browse through it at leisure and be in touch. Thanks again. :)

indicaspecies said...

Kamlesh,

Thank you. I wish you the best with your plans for the trip. :)