(Last Updated on : 22-11-2016)
of Jammu and Kashmir
is located in the northern part of India. The geographical terrain of this state is characterized by several valleys like the Kashmir Valley
, major river
s such as the Indus River
, and several Himalayan glacier
s. The natural beauty of Jammu and Kashmir, along with Temple
s, Buddhist monasteries
, etc have the potential to draw a plethora of tourists to this state. Mosques
of Jammu and Kashmir are no exception in this regard. Jammu and Kashmir serves as a home to Islamic monuments
, Masjids and Dargah
s, which exist in harmony with its various Hindu
Khanqah-e-Moula is a mosque housed in the Old City of Srinagar
on the right bank of the River Jhelum
between the Fateh Kadal and Zaina Kadal bridges. The construction of this church was completed in 1395 AD and this church was rebuilt in 1732 AD. This mosque is regarded as one of the oldest mosques in the Kashmir Valley. This mosque is also known by the other name of Khanqah.
Aali Masjid is located in the district of Srinagar. The construction of this mosque was completed in 1471 A.D. Aali Masjid has the distinction of being the second largest mosque in the Kashmir Valley, after the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
Jamia Masjid is regarded as one of the most holy and beautiful monuments of Jammu and Kashmir. This Masjid was commissioned by Sultan Sikandar in the year 1385. This Masjid is a fine representation of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture
. Jamia Masjid is now known as the Jama Masjid. During a single congregational prayer, this mosque can accommodate more than 33,000 people.
The old city of Srinagar serves as a home to Pathar Masjid
. This Masjid is situated on the left bank of the River Jhelum. The local name of this mosque is Naev Masheed. This mosque belongs to the period of Mughal
rule in India. Mughal Empress, Noor Jahan
(the wife of Emperor, Jahangir
) is credited with the establishment of this mosque. Pathar Masjid is different from other mosques in the Kashmir Valley. This is because it does not have the traditional pyramidal roof. Another distinctive feature of this mosque is the nine mehraabs (arches), with the central one being larger than the others.
Mosque is housed on the banks of the famous Dal Lake
. Hazrat stands for Holy in Arabic and Bal stands for place in Kashmiri. It is recognized as the holiest of all shrines in Kashmir.