Jamali Kamali Mosque
Location: As history has many gems in its treasure so has our heritage as well. The glorifying heritage namely Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb is adding more grace to our historical legacy while being located in the Archaeological Village complex in Mehrauli, Delhi. This heritage consists of two monuments of Mughal period out of which one is the mosque while the other one is the tomb erected for two persons, named as Jamali and Kamali.
Significance: ‘Jamali’ is the word extracted from Urdu language that means ‘beauty’. It was the assigned alias to Shaikh Fazlu’llah, also known as ‘Shaikh Jamali Kamboh’ or Jalal Khan who was a reputed Sufi saint existed during the reigns of Sikander Lodi to Babur and Humayun. The names of Jamali and Kamali are significant ones as they had earned great regards when they were alive. They were buried adjacent to each other sharing the same soil.
Construction Period: 1528-1529
Structure of the Jamali and Kamali mosque:
- Construction period: 1528-29
- Entrance: From south
- Architectural style: Mughal architecture
- Prayer hall: The prayer hall has five arches sprawling over pillars those are engrossed with adorable ornamented designs. A dome is also enhancing the overview of the arches by covering them. As the length of arches extend to the central arch.
- Spandrel: The spandrels are beautifully and wisely carved with the designs of medallions and other ornamentation. The central arch is also embellished with fluted pilasters that appear magnificent.
- Mihrab: The western wall is adjacent to the prayer wall that is having niches with mihrab. Koranic inscriptions are sculpted on the niches and walls.
- A porch: A porch is built in such a way that provides passable to the two storeyed Mosque. Octagonal towers are erected at four nooks.
- Rear view: The backdrop view of the mosque is glimpsed through the oriel windows, besides a small window fixed on the central arch.
- Area: 7.6 m2 (25 ft)
- Material used: red sandstone
- Roof: flat
- Chamber: The ceiling of the grave chamber is covered and embellished with beautiful designs.
- Walls: The ceiling of the chamber has some Koranic inscriptions carved on blue and red painted ceiling. The walls supporting ceiling gives splendid view since they have inlaid coloured tiles those have Jamali’s poems inscribed over them.
- Decoration: The incredible overview evokes the image of ‘jewel-box’.
- Graves: The marbled graves are named after Jamali, the saint poet, while Kamali is an unknown yet probably the rhyming word of Jamali.