Adhai-din ka Jhonpra Mosque, Ajmer

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Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra is a mosque in the Ajmer city of Rajasthan, India. It was commissioned by Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak, on orders of Muhammad Ghori, in 1192 CE. It was completed in 1199 CE, and further beautified by Iltutmish of Delhi in 1213 CE. The mosque was constructed on the remains of a Sanskrit college, with materials from destroyed Hindu and Jain temples. It is one of the oldest mosques in India, and the oldest surviving monument in Ajmer.An early example of the Indo-Islamic architecture, most of the building was constructed by Hindu masons, under the supervision of Afghan managers. The site is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India .Etymology"Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra" literally means "shed of two-and-a-half days". 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 (see #Conversion into a mosque below). Some Sufis claim that the name signifies a human's temporary life on the earth.According to the ASI, the name probably comes from a two-and-a-half-day-long fair that used to be held at the site. Har Bilas Sarda points out that the name "Adhai-Din-ka-Jhonpra" is not mentioned in any historical source. Before the 18th century, the mosque was simply known as a "Masjid" ("mosque"), since it had been the only mosque in Ajmer for centuries. It came to be known as a jhonpra ("shed" or "hut") when fakirs started gathering here to celebrate urs (death anniversary fair) of their leader Panjaba Shah. This happened during the Maratha era, in the second half of the 18th century. The urs lasted for two-and-a-half days, resulting in the modern name of the mosque.
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  • Situated in Ajmer, Rajasthan India , It is one of the oldest and rare mosque of India. Originally it was a Jain and Hindu Sanskrit school with the Saraswati's ( goddess of Learning and music...  more »
  • It is located at a walking distance from Dargah Sharif. Architecture is marvellous. Fakirs would gather here to celebrate Panjaba Shah's death anniversary fair for 2 and half days. Name is derived...  more »
  • Good place but free parking is not available, you have to pay money for parking this is private and no security of car and while reaching it you will see non-vegetarian things hanging outside in the shops. Place is not so clean. You will see mostly Muslims there. It is a type of religious things for the Muslims. There's no ticket to visit it. It is a structure or building made by a king or emperor in just 2 and half days.
  • 10min walkable distance from dargah. Amazing historical place which was made in only two and half days.It's architectural features is Islamic. Incredible historical place bcoz it has huge carved and Arabic word was writing on it ..
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