Top 10 Famous Mosques in karnataka You Must Visit
A Masjid or mosque is a place of worship for people who believe and follow Islam. India has more than 300,000 active and beautiful mosques. This number is more than any Islamic nation and India has the second largest Muslim population in world. A mosque is a divine place of worship for followers of Islam. There are strict guidelines and restrictions on the uses of the area.
Most of the big mosques have elaborate domes, minarets, and prayer halls. There are perfect examples of Indian – mughal – Persian architecture. Muslims can come together here for salat, education, social welfare, and dispute settlement. Here is the list of Top 10 Famous Mosques in karnataka You Must Visit.
1. Jamia Masjid – Bangalore
This is a well known mosque in Bangalore which is situated near the City Market. This is the most impressive mosque Designed by Rayyaz Asifuddin of Hyderabad. The foundation stone was laid by Sir Mirza Ismail in 1940. The mosque dedicated to Tipu Sultan. This is a 5 storeyed structure features attractive bulbous domes and white marble from Rajasthan.
There are beautiful jaali work (lattice screen) and magnificent twin minarets. There are large number of pigeonholes and you can see lots of pigeons there. The granite pillars, prayer hall with space for 10,000 devotees, ablution pool in the centre of mosque etc are the main attraction.
There are some Rare bubris painting on the ceilings and walls. You can the royal mark of Tipu Sultan. During Tipu Urs (death anniversary of Tipu), these minarets will be beautifully illuminated and large number of people will gather here.
There is a modern English medium school near to this.
2. Jumma Masjid
The Jumma Masjid (Meaning Friday Mosque) is located in OPH Road of Shivaji Nagar. This is said to be the oldest mosque in Bangalore. This mosque was built in 1790 with brick and mortar.
The materials were supplied by Tipu Sultan from Srirangapatna. The Jumma Masjid earlier called Sangian Jamia. Key attraction is the tall 90 ft minaret. This features capacity of accommodating 5000 people at a time.
3. Mahmud Gawan Madrasa – Bidar
The Madrasa of Mahmud Gawan is a famous ancient university located in Bidar. A mosuq is attached to this educational place. This is a famous heritage structure founded by the prime-minister of the Bahamani empire.
The name received from the scholarly genius of Mahmud Gawan. He built the madrasa with his own money like a residential University. This is an imposing and spacious building. With its beautiful interior and exterior, it is said to be an architectural gem of Bidar.
4. Masjid-e-Bilal (Bilal Mosque)
The Masjid-e-Bilal (Bilal Mosque) is one of the beautiful and larger mosques in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. Turkish-style ‘Masjid Eidgah Bilal’ on Bannerghatta was inaugurated in 2015. Prestige Group developers completed the construction.
Total construction cost was Rs. 200,000,000. There is space for 6,500 namazis at a time. IT is a four-storey mosque. The mosque occupies nearly 42,000 sq. ft. area and offers parking space for nearly 500 vehicles. Present imam is Hazrath Maulana mohammed Shakirulla.
Masjid-i-Ala is a famous mosque located inside the Srirangapatna Fort. The mosque also called Jama Masjid and located in Srirangapatnain Mandya District in Karnataka. This is built by Tipu Sultan during 1786-87. This is built over an elevated platform and there are two minarets. Srirangapatna fort is believed to built by Timmanna Nayaka and later taken up by Wodeyars.
One can see Persian inscriptions in the mosque. The two tall minarets are separated by three octagonal stages.You can also see galleried balconies, turnip-shaped domes, large rectangular prayer hall, series of arched openings in the minarets, two stories, old clock from early 20th century etc.
6. Jama Masjid – Gulbarga
Jama Masjid Gulbarga is famous Mosque located in Gulbarga City, Karnataka. This features most beautiful mosque architecture in South Asia. This is similar to interiors of Spanish Mosque of Hyderabad.
Interior of both these mosques are similar to the Great Cathedral–Mosque of Córdoba in Spain. This Jama Masjid was built by Mohammed Shah I as a part of making Gulbarga as the capital of the Bahmani Sultanate. The Ala al-Din Hasan Bahman Shah founded Bahmani.
7. Dargah Of Khwaja Bande Nawaz
The Dargah of Khwaja Bande Nawaz is a well known mosque in Karnataka. The great Khwaja Bande Nawaz (1321-1422) was a a Sufi scholar and mystic. His tomb is found here. The dargah features impresive ‘live’ structure.
There are two minarets and the tombs of the saint and his family buried here. The interior of the saint’s tomb is resplendent and grave is bedecked with flower petals. This is believed to posses the power to cure joint pain.
8. Jamia Masjid – Bijapur
Jama Masjid of Bijapur is a famous mosque in the Karnataka which was built by Ali Adil Shah I in 1578. This is made after the victory over Vijaya Nagara. The mosque also called Jamiya Masjid and Jumma Masjid. This is one of the largest mosques in South India with a perfect square of 1,16,300 sq. ft.
Around 2250 to 2500 persons can offer prayers at a time. Jamiya Masjid’s dome is one of the important landmark. The main building features 2,500 black-bordered arches on the floor. There are many tombs, minarets, chains, niches with books and vases, bands and medallions.
9. Noor Masjid
This is very popular and considered as one of the beautiful mosques of Karnataka, Bhatakal. The mosque is located in the middle of the town on the National Highway. This is believed to built in 1966. Thousands of Muslims can pray together in this masjid at a time.
10. Zeenath Baksh Masjid
Zeenath Baksh Masjid is a well known Masjid found in Mangalore. This is also called Jumma Masjid which was believed to built in the seventh century. Muslim Arab traders built this mosque around 644 A.D. Hazarath Moosa Bin Malik, the son of Malik Bin Abdullah was the first Khazi. Tippu Sultan beautified the mosque by adding wooden pillars and carvings. The well known Idgah Masjid is located 2km near to this.