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Jaunpur Jama Masjid

Basic information
Location India Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Geographic coordinates 25°45′9″N 82°41′25″E / 25.7525°N 82.69028°E / 25.7525; 82.69028
Affiliation Islam
Territory Uttar Pradesh
District Jaunpurr
Ecclesiastical status Mosque
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic, Jaunpur architecture
Year completed 1470
Dome dia. (inner) 11.4

Jama Masjid or Jami Masjid or Bari Masjid or Friday Mosque of Jaunpur is a 15th century mosque in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is one of the chief Tourist Attractions in Jaunpur.


2.2 km North-NortEast of Jaunpur, 7.3 km NorthWest of Zafarābād, 16.8 km North-NortEast of Mariāhū, 26.3 km West-NorthWest of Kirākat.[1]

Transport links

  • Located 3 kilometers away from the Railway Junction at Bhandari,
  • by availing the bus or train services from Varanasi (Benaras), which is separated from Jaunpur by a distance of 56 kilometers.
  • Lucknow and Mirzapur are the other two cities located at a distance of 214 kilometers and 69 kilometers respectively.


The Jama Masjid, Jaunpur was built in the year 1470, under the last ruler of the Sharqi Dynasty, named Hussain Shah.[2]


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According to the historians and other experts, the Jami Masjid, Jaunpur bear a great deal of resemblance with those mosques that were built during the reign of Firoz Shah Tughlaq of the Tughlaq Dynasty of Delhi Sultanate.

The magnificent appearance of Jama Masjid at Jaunpur is heightened by a number of factors. The entire structure of Jami Masjid, Jaunpur stands on a plinth that is six meters high. The double arched, pylon-shaped gate at the entrance presents a majestic sight to the onlookers. The long steps leading to the front gate is also good to view. The main portal lies in the focal point of the facade and stands about 26 meters tall and measures nearly 24 meters at the base. This was again a characteristic feature of the mosques built by the Sharqis.

The feature which can be exclusively traced in Jami Masjid, Jaunpur is a massive rectangular hall meant for prayers. This hall is flanked by tunnel vaults on its either sides and is also covered by a dome, measuring 11.4 meters in diameter. There are small windows in the dome that allow sunlight to enter into the interior of the Jami Masjid, Jaunpur, thus creating a splendid sight.

Another attribute of Jama Masjid at Jaunpur that any of the other Holy Places in Jaunpur will find hard to match, are the gorgeous decorations that are visible on the walls on the interior and the exterior portions of the mosque.

Current use

Special prayers are held on Friday of every week.

In literature

William Hodges in his book 'Select Views in India' mentions about this mosque.[3]

See also


External links


  • Nath, R. 1978. History of Sultanate Architecture. New Delhi, Abhinav Publications, 102-104.
  • Williams, John A. and Caroline. 1980. Architecture of Muslim India. Set 4: The Sultanate of Jaunpur, about 1360-1480. Santa Barbara, California: Visual Education, Inc.

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