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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  • Nice place and silent place , I am 10 -20 minutes round so good place , good architecture by something but I don't no but so good and nice  more »
  • The story related to this historic spot is known to most that it was built in two and half days . Away for the Dargah this place is not in a good state . Located in the midst of the dirt road and cong...  more »
  • Dhai din ka jhonpra aur Adhai din ka jhonpra is actually a mosque and it is said that it was built after destruction of a sanskrit school there ,it is also said that it was built in 2 and half days on...  more »
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  • A giant place but have less facilities. Calm and good crowded place. Just a construction of jhopra with stones. Huge area but still could be more attractive with better cleaning and facilities. This place is ignored by most of the tourist as they go to taragarh. But this is a good place too to see what could be made in 2.5 days only.
  • A historical place. It's interesting if you like history, historical art & sculpture. The name itself sufficient for attracting a curious person towards it. But as it's just a building of mosque so, it's not an interesting place to visit for all.
  • One of the historic places in Ajmer. It's a Mosque build by cutting a single rock as far as i am aware and as per the structure over there which is totally a Mughal architecture. Once you visit and see the very very small perfection i designs and sculptures. I have collected some of them with my mobile it can't cover all but still beautiful.
  • Basically it was a Jain Religious building . It was a glorious piece at that time. Not even today's modern time a building can be made in a short period of two and half days. Actually they did not made it ,They demolished it for two days and half a day's. And after it the remaining was called as Dhai din Ka jhopara. Signs of demolishing can even be seen on the building. If they were so expert builders. Then can they provide even a single example of such structure which they made in their own country during their period ?
  • Its situating near to Ajmer darga.Approx 2 min walk to reach ther from darga.Amazing construction made with the effort of two and half day.Evening the best time to go.U can sit ther and enjoy the view from ther.

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