The Jama Masjid at Nowhatta, in the heart of the
old city, is the other important mosque in Srinagar at which thousands of
people congregate for the Friday prayers. Of imposing proportions, the
mosque is built around a courtyard and is supported by 370 wooden pillars.
The hushed quiet of the mosque counterpoints the bustle of the old bazaars
surrounding it. Originally built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD, and
enlarged by his son, Zain-ul- Abidin, it is a typical example of Indo-Saracenic
architecture. Destroyed thrice by fire and rebuilt each time, the mosque,
as it now stands, was repaired during the reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh.
Jamia Masjid , the Biggest Mosque in
Kashmir, is known as one of the sacred shrines of Islamic followers. Be it
the holiness or the constructional elegance, Jamia Masjid is quite
unparalleled in every aspect. Comprised of 370 pillars of wood, Jamia
Masjid symbolizes one of the best architectural specimen which survived
the ravages of time ever since it was constructed in the valley of Jammu &
While looking into the origin and
construction of Jamia Masjid, the name of Maharaja Pratap Singh comes
several times as it was during his Kingdom that the maintenance and repair
works of the Mosque was carried out. Pratap Singh enthusiastically
encouraged the re-construction of Jamia Masjid many a time and even
offered financial assistance too.