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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  • Adhai-din ka jhonpra mosque is made during mugal rules best structure explain the indian history this place is good to see its 10 to 15 min away form ajmer dargah sarif  more »
  • Good place to visit and see the architecture as to how the fort was planned to be built but had to be left as you can see. It was built in only 2 and half days. This is worth a visit but this place ne...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Good place to visit and see the architecture as to how the fort was planned to be built but had to be left as you can see. It was built in only 2 and half days. This is worth a visit but this place needs to be maintained. If you visit this place,you can enjoy here a real great architect, so if you want to feel a miraclic energy and architect,it's best place.
  • This place was closed when I arrived there. But one of Local Cassette seller made an opportunity to visit this mosque. Very beautiful and amazing place. Must visit -but day time.check the time before planning to visit.
  • This is historical place. According to history and age of the construction of structure, it seems to be oldest Mosque in india and the first one which was built up at that time. As the name suggest "Dhai Din Ka Jhonpra" has been given by the Sufi/Monks who used to gather at this place for the celebration which went for "Two and half days". In devotional terms, it has been described as the life of human being as two and half day's on this planet, so the name defined.
  • If someone tells you that this is a place to visit while you are in ajmer. I don't think it's worth your time as a tourist. It might be good as a religious visit. We wasted a lot of precious time there.
  • It is not good built.i don't like this place.dust and goats.what goats are doing when it is for national importance. Well,building is not so good but what do you expect in 2 and half day from workers. Nice sculpture as a philosopher and keen in history.
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