Thursday, November 12, 2015

Hyderabad Trip: Makkah Masjid

Date: 18th Oct 2015

Visitors: Arun, Shilpi, Harsh, Muthusamy and Vijayalakshmi

Fee: Nill, How ever you need to pay Rs10 to leave your baggage in cloak room.

Makkah Masjid Timings: 4 AM to 9:30 PM

Makkah Masjid/Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosque in Hyderabad. Build by Muhammad quli qutb shah with the soil brought from Mecca and thus the name. Though the foundation was laid by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah the mosque was completed by Aurangzeb after he captured Hyderabad. Located right next to Charminar and is another important attraction in Hyderabad. Women need to wear a dupatta to enter the Masjid and skin fit or T-shirts or shorts are not allowed. The original structure had only the main hall and the rectangular building was later built by Asaf Jahi rulers. A room in the courtyard of the Mecca Masjid is believed to house a hair of Prophet Mohammed. There was a board saying outsiders not allowed and we did not know what it means and since it was prayer time we did not go inside the main hall.

Also See: Charminar

Grand entrance to the Masjid.

Mosque doors.

Plenty of pigeons have taken shelter in the Mosque.

Water cistern with a small fountain.

Front view of the Masjid.

Minaret on one end of the main hall.

Graves of Asaf Jahi rulers.

The grave of main ruler.

Four Minarets at one end of the tomb. There are four more at the other end of the tomb.

There are stone benches near the cistern and its believed that who ever sits on that returns to sit on it again. My parents and Harsh were sitting on that so don't know when we will be going back again :)

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