Architecture in India is a collection of world history and a reflection of how times have changed. I am a firm believer of the fact that monuments and architectural marvels in India are far more
than gestures or symbols of extravagance. They have a history of human sentiments preserved within their walls.
The human element of life is most expressed by religious monuments like temples, shrines and mosques. The medieval ages saw the peak of Islam in India and the traditions of the day have left a deep impact on our lives. The Rani Sipri’s Mosque is a perfect example of the Mughal architectural genius that flourished in India for hundreds of years.
I went to the Rani Sipri’s Mosque for a short trip as it is just 17 km from the Ahmedabad Bus Stop. The Mosque is not a very large one but the jali carvings on its numerous pillars, walls and windows are just out of this world. They are not only divine but also reflect the years of labour and artisanship that went into building mosques like these in the medieval days.
The queen Rani Asni or later known as Rani Sipri was a Hindu before she got married to the Sultan Mahmud Begada. The monument was envisioned by her as a remembrance of her son
who was executed on her own husband’s orders. The story of this mosque is one of sacrifice, moral compulsions and a mother’s love. The Rani could not go against the desires of her husband and
neither could she forget the love she had for her son. Her last wish was to be buried in the same mosque which was constructed in 1514 on her orders as a tribute to her only son.
The Rani Sipri’s Mosque stands in the city of Ahmedabad as a symbol of religious tolerance and harmony. Our great country has always been based on principles of unity in diversity and a mosque built on the wishes of a Hindu queen is clearly a real symbol of tolerance. The mosque gave me an excellent opportunity to pursue my photography interests.