The next destination on my list was Taj Ul Masajid Bhopal. It is considered to be one of the jewels of the Muslim community in India, and thus comes highly recommended. So I grabbed a cab and
decided to check it out.
Upon entering the mosque, there is a large sign which stated it is the largest mosque in India and 3rd largest in the world, the Taj-ul-Masajid is an impressive monument. Taj Ul Masajid Bhopal means the crown of mosques.
Being a mosque I had to remove my shoes at the entrance. The red stone of the structure glowed in the afternoon sun.
During the day, apart from being a mosque the Taj Ul Masajid Bhopal is also working madrassa (Islamic school) and as I wandered around students would come up to say hello and would wander away.
After briefly visiting the Madrassa area and walked back across the courtyard into the main mosque area, looking at the beautiful structure make
wonder and admire the architecture and decoration which makes the Taj-Ul-Masajid – literally “crown of mosques”, one of the prides of Muslim India.
The structure is encompassed with high open halls with intricately carved wall panels adjacent to curving archways lined the interior as I silently strolled careful not to disturb the people studying and praying I clicked pictures of the wall and the architecture.
The stylishly designed prayer clocks and wall hangings really caught my attention, the quiet and peaceful atmosphere at the mosque made me want to stay longer but I was getting hungry and my legs were aching after walking so much.
So I walked towards the gate slid my shoes on and headed back out to the chaotic streets. I’d love to witness Friday prayers when the courtyard is filled to capacity but I’m sure that as with most other mosques in India, non Muslims aren’t allowed.