Adhai Din Ka Jhopra

Open Time : 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

Entry : free

Address : Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Ander Kote Road, Lakhan Kothri, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India

Why to visit Adhai Din Ka Jhopra

This mosque, which is ornamented with calligraphic engravings, was constructed in 1198 AD by Qutub-ud-Din-Aibak, the very first Sultan of Delhi. The mosque, one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Ajmer, gets its name from a tradition that claims it was built in two and a half days. Displaying the perfect combination of Indo-Islamic architectural style, the monument was subsequently enhanced by Sultan Iltutmish in 1213 AD.

The mosque is enclosed by a seven-arched wall etched with Quran passages. The mosque is accessed from the north by a small gateway with a deteriorated minaret on the right. The gate connects to a stairwell that leads to a small tower where the muezzin (mosque official) summoned the devout to prayer. The front facade is made up of a series of tiny yellow limestone pillars. Six smaller arches of Arab provenance flank the central arch, with tiny rectangular sections allowing for a lighting system, a characteristic prevalent in ancient Arabian mosques.

The mosque features ten domes with 124 pillars supporting them. The main hall's walls have been carved into little panels to allow light in. The mosque's structure is more akin to a Hindu temple, with a main hall surrounded by several columns. The roof is sustained by square bays and is supported by three pillars stacked on top of each other. The columns have an interesting shape, are ornately adorned, and resemble Hindu and Jain rock temples. Their bases are globular and broad, tapering as they grow taller.

Amusing Fact :-

This massive structure's name literally translates to a two-and-a-half-day shed. Many theories exist as to why this monument was given such a name. According to legend, a section of Ajmer's Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra took two and a half days to construct, hence the name. The Archaeological Survey of India, on the other hand, disagrees. According to them, the name comes from a two-and-a-half-day fair that took place here.

How to reach ?

The best way to access the mosque is either getting a cab/taxi directly to the location or travelling by public transport (bus/train) to the nearest station. 

FAQ on Adhai Din Ka Jhopra

What is the duration of a visit to Dhai Din Ka Jhopra?

Dhai Din Ka Jhopra may be visited in 30 minutes.

Is there an entrance cost to Dhai Din Ka Jhopra?

No there is no entrance fee to Dhai Din Ka Jhopra.

Special Tip

Visitors may have to remove their shoes before visiting the monument as it is both a temple and a mosque.

By Shobhna J.

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