Jamia Masjid is the biggest and important mosque in Kashmir, known as one of the sacred shrines in Srinagar. It is situated at Nowhatta, in the middle of the old city and was built in 1400 AD.
This mosque was built by Sultan Sikander, later expanded by his son, Zain-ul-Abideen. He also established an Islamic school near it. In 1479 AD, the mosque got damaged and destroyed thrice by fire and rebuilt each time.
This is during Eid Ul Fitr.
The area extends up to 384 feet by 381 feet and can accommodate more than 33,333 people offering prayer at one time. There is a perfectly square garden in the middle and the mosque is surrounded by wide lanes on all the four sides. At the peak, about 100,000 people offer prayers together.
All these pictures were contributed by MFA before i visited Kashmir.
The final restoration was done by Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. From his time down to 1914, the mosque witnessed steady deterioration. Its principal features are the 4 minars, covered by pyramidal roofs. The compound is divided by two paths, similar to the pattern of Mughal gardens.
The mihrab area
Hari Prabhat Fort also can be seen from here..
The compound with fountain.
There are 370 wooden pillars in it. Another feature of the mosque is the peace and tranquility inside it, standing out against the hustle bustle of the old bazaars around it.
The attractions of this mosque include beautiful Indo-Saracenic architecture, a magnificent courtyard with fountain.
Volume 1, Book 9, Number 481 :
Narrated by Yazid bin Al 'Ubaid
I used to accompany Salama bin Al-Akwa' and he used to pray behind the pillar which was near the place where the Quran's were kept I said, "O Abu Muslim! I see you always seeking to pray behind this pillar." He replied, "I saw Allah's Apostle always seeking to pray near that pillar."