The Village Group at Mandu.
Visiting and looking round Jami Masjid which is the centrepiece of the Village Group ruins at Mandu City Fort, India.
Jami Masjid (Friday Mosque) is a huge mosque and in fact one of the largest in India - it was constructed initially by Sultan Hoshang Shah Ghori and finally completed around 1454 A.D. by Mahmud Shah Khilji. The mosque contains excellent Jali work and painted enamels and also has beautiful domes and arches which face
the large internal courtyard. This central courtyard is set in low hedged and grass and looks really impressive. The mosque's colonnade contains excellent shaped arches and niches and features a Hindu style pulpit. It is constructed from pink sandstone, has three large domes and 58 smaller domes supported by the colonnades. The Mihrab are beautifully decorated (a Mihrab is a niche in the walls of a mosque which indicates the direction of the Kaaba at Masjid al-Haram in Mecca).[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
Jami Masjid inside
Jama Masjid inside
Jami Masjid Dome
The Ashrafi Mahal, Hoshang Shah's Tomb and Mahmud Khiliji's Tomb at Mandu.
The Tomb of Hoshang Shah was built around 1440 - it is set on a low plynth within a square walled enclosure. It has a squat central dome with four small corner cupolas and is constructed from white marble - unique in India at that time.
The Ashrafi Mahal was a Madrasa (which is a theological college). It was originally connected to the Jami Masjid by a large courtyard surround by arcades which contained cells used by the students - the village road now separates these buildings. The Mahal was
subsequently altered to include a seven storey Minar (a victory tower) only the base of which survives. The Mahal's courtyard was later converted to build a huge tomb for Mahmud Khiliji.
Hoshang Shah Tomb
Under Hoshang Shah Tomb
Mahmud Khiliji Tomb
Fort inner Pol
The Jali Mahal is located on the way out of the city and is thought to be the tomb of a nobleman - as you leave the outskirts of Mandu there are quite a few ruined structures as well as parts of battlements scattered around on the hillsides.
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