Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra Ajmer - Tourist Attraction Ajmer Rajasthan

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra Tourist Attraction Ajmer Rajasthan

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Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra 

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10:00 AM to 06:00 PM

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Historical Monuments Places

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Mohammad Ghori

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra ( shed of 2½ days ) was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the governor of Mohammad Ghori, on the orders of Mohammad Ghori in the year 1192. It is a large and imposing structure in the city of Ajmer in Rajasthan, India. It is one of the oldest surviving monument in Ajmer and also the oldest alive mosques in India.

Alternative transliterations and names include Arhai Din ka Jhompra or Dhai Din ki Masjid. A legend states that a part of the mosque was built in two-and-a-half days. According to the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India), the name probably comes from a two-and-a-half-day-long fair that used to be held at the site before Conversion into a mosque in the late 12th century.

The original building was partially destroyed and converted into a mosque by Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak of Delhi in the late 12th century. According to a local legend, after defeating Vigraharaja's nephew Prithviraja III in the Second Battle of Tarain, Muhammad Ghori passed through Ajmer. There, he saw the magnificent temples, and ordered his slave general Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak to destroy them, and construct a mosque – all within 60 hours (that is, ​2 1⁄2 days). The artisans could not build a complete mosque in 60 hours time, but constructed a brick screen wall where Ghori could offer prayers. By the end of the century, a complete mosque was built.

The relics in the modern building show both Hindu and Jain features. According to KDL Khan, the building materials were taken from Hindu and Jain temples. According to Caterina Mercone Maxwell and Marijke Rijsberman, the Sanskrit college was a Jain institution, and the building materials were taken from Hindu temples. ASI Director-General Alexander Cunningham hypothesized that the pillars used in the building were probably taken from 20–30 demolished Hindu temples, which featured at least 700 pillars in total. Based on the pillar inscriptions, he concluded that these original temples dated to 11th or 12th century CE.

An early example of the Indo-Islamic architecture, most of the building was constructed by Hindu masons, under the supervision of Afghan managers. Some of the materials used for the original construction may have come from destroyed Hindu and Jain temples. The mosque retained most of the original Hindu and Jain features, especially on the ornate pillars, with only the effigies of Hindu Gods and Goddesses removed neatly.

The structure was used as a mosque up to 1947. After the independence of India, the structure was turned over to the Jaipur circle of ASI (Archaeological survey of India) and is today visited by people of all religions, as a fine example of a mix of Indian, Hindu, Muslim and Jain architectures.

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