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Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), Delhi, India

By Sonyaandtravis @sonyaandtravis

It was ironic that the last mosque we would see, would be our most unfortunate encounter, not because of its architecture – the simple red sandstone facade with contrasting white onion-style domes was quite beautiful, but due to the disappointing etiquette in which we were treated.

Having visited a number of mosques throughout our travels in the middle east and more recently the Silk Road, we had learnt a lot about Islam and always ensured we respected and abided by the general rules and etiquette of a mosque when visiting.

It started when we were charged three-hundred rupees to enter the mosque, masked as a camera charge. This was a first as mosques we had visited had never asked for a financial contribution from visitors. They wouldn’t even let us in if we agreed to not take photographs.

After payment, Sonya was forced to wear a chodor (an open cloak), even though she was modestly dressed there, with long sleeved blouse, ankle length skirt and even a scarf to cover her hair. We were confused seeing so many women wearing short sleeved sleeves and uncovered hair when we stepped inside.

Inside wasn’t much better either, with children and women playing with the water of the ablution pond and people using their mobile phones near the qibla.

Travis on the main steps leading to Jama Masjid
The eastern gate of the mosque was the rural entrance
Northern entrance of the mosque viewed through the southern entrance

Minaret of the Jama Masjid, notice the call to prayer speakers
The bazaar leading up to the eastern entrance
Bazaars surrounding the Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid (mosque) eastern entrance gate
Eastern entrance gate, the domes of the mosque can be seen in the background
Eastern entrance gate of the Jama Masjid

The entrance to the Jama Masjid prayer room
Corner minaret of the Jama Masjid
Eastern entrances viewed from the inner courtyard of Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid with two onion shaped domes
Jama Masjid with minaret and dome on either side
View of Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque)

Close up of Jama Masjid onion shaped domes
The ablution pond inside Jama Masjid
View of Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque)

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