Moth Ki Masjid
Location: Heritage Moth Ki Masjid is located in the encompassed area of South Extension part II, Mubarakpur, village of Masjid Moth.
Era: Medieval Period (16th century)
Ruling dynasty: Sultan Sikander Lodi
Built by: Wazir Miya Bhoiya (Prime Minister of Sultan Sikander Lodi)
Year of its completion: 1505
Legend: The legend recites the charisma of prayer that was observed by ‘Sultan Sikander’ and his associate Prime Minister ‘Miya Bhoiya’ on their visit to the place where Moth Ki Masjid exists. As the Sultan knelt on his knee and joined his hands’ edges for prayer as a lentil seed fell on his hand, perhaps was dropped by a bird. On the suggestion of his wazir or Prime minister, he took and sowed that lentil in his garden while accepting the seed as a blessing of god.
Since then, the procedure of plantation and re-plantation had been occurring. Consequently, multiple reproductions after reproduction were ripened as a rich-crop that conferred the king with lavishness and prosperity along with sound wealth. The amount earned through its sale was spent on the construction of the mosque. His wazir took charge of selling rich harvest and made good money out of it. Thus, the foundation of this mosque was laid.
Another legend associated with its foundation is that the wazir of Sultan Lodi took the prank of his king seriously that the lentil was a gift of god and thus, he planted the seed in the garden instead of throwing it. The explosive crop reproduction added handsome money to the treasure of the king. Hence, the wazir decided to construct the Moth ki Masjid. The inauguration of the mosque was done by the Delhi Sultan and the impressed Sikander Lodi named the mosque as Moth Ki Masjid.
- Architectural style: Indo-Islamic
- Shape: Square (built on plinth)
- Entrance: From the east side street of village Moti Masjid through the gate exhibiting grandeur at the entrance made of red, blue, black and white coloured sandstones
- Materials used: Red, blue, black, white coloured sandstones, marble and plaster
- Arch: A Hindu arch within a Muslim arch is carved displaying unity in fraternity of Hindu and Muslim region.
- Courtyard’s dimension: 38.6 m (126.6 ft)
- Prayer hall’s location: On the western side of the mosque, there is a prayer hall built with a façade of five arched openings.
- Towers: At every corner of the rectangular prayer hall, double storeyed towers are standing those have arched doorways at the back end of the roof.
- Chhatris: The dome over roof is designed octagonal in shape those are called Chhatris.
- West wall: This wall has tapering turrets uncovering the sophisticated outline created by the brilliant architect.
- Cenotaphs: Marvelous yet appear replica of several monuments found in Deccan.
- Domes: The special feature imprinting Mughal Architecture, i.e. Domes or semi circular structure, for being three in number are sprawling inside the prayer hall where Mihrab is located on the west qibla wall of the dome at the centre.
- Mihrabs: Mihrabs seem proclaiming Quranic inscriptions in motif style used in Iranian design or Muqarnas pendentives.
- No Minarets & calligraphic decorations: The structure of the mosque has no minaret, calligraphic decoration and adorning features as most of the architectural monuments depict.