It was time now to visit the oldest mosque of Hyderabad - the Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad. Why the place is so named and holds a special place in the hearts of all the Muslims who come here for prayer is because the central arch of the mosque is made from the soil brought from Mecca, the holiest place for Muslims all over the world. As the most revered heritage building among the other important monuments of Hyderabad, the Masjid does full justice to its strategic location. Many consider it the focal point from where the city of Hyderabad emanated in the four directions.
The maker of this important piece of history is the fifth ruler of the Qutb Dynasty- Quli Qutb Shah but sadly he was not alive to see this monument finish. The Mughal ruler Aurangzeb concluded the construction of the Masjid once he became the ruler of Hyderabad. Some of the features that set this Masjid apart from the other important sites in Hyderabad or any other place for that matter is the fact that the three arches of the Masjid were quarried from a single slab of granite piece and it took about five years to do so. There are inscriptions of Quran in various arches and domes, which although I cannot decipher of course, tells me somehow that they are surely very important to be carved here in stone. The mosque also has tombs of the Nizam’s royal family entrenched in marble graves. The architecture is much like the architecture found in the Charminar and the Golconda Fort, I could gather.
I was very much intrigued by the legendary benches near the edge of a pond here in the Mecca Masjid, Hyderabad, where the locals maintain that if anyone once sits on them definitely returns to the city of Hyderabad to sit on it another time. I took my chances and wished to return to this mesmerizing place, which has history ingrained in it. The day finally concluded and I retired to my hotel to rest for the night to be refreshed for yet another promising morning when I would visit the Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!