The Magnificent Badshahi Mosque: A Mesmerizing Historical Structure

Story Highlights
  • From Sikhs and British to Muslims
  • The Architecture
  • The Museum
  • The Prayer Hall

Badshahi Mosque Lahore, a marvel of Pakistan, has been there for 351. It still acts as a beacon, singing stories of the magnificent Mughal Empire.

The Badshahi Masjid in Lahore, Punjab, is the largest mosque in the Islamic world. It was constructed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb between 1671 and 1673 and is located in Punjab.

From Sikhs and British to Muslims

After its construction had been completed, it sat unused for many years. It was converted into a military school for the newly established army once the Sikhs came to power and took control. In the 1840s, fighting broke out between the British and the Sikhs. As a result of this conflict, the British acquired control of the mosque and converted it into a fortification and military training complex.

After a few years had passed, the mosque was eventually given back to the Muslim community so that regular worship services could get back underway.

Because it was constructed roughly one hundred meters to the west of Lahore fort, the Badshahi Mosque was considered significant by the emperor. The area that Aurangzeb referred to as “Alamgiri” and was located between the mosque and the gate was used by him as a parade field to evaluate and appraise his men.

The Architecture

The building of the Badshahi Mosque, which Nawab Zain Yar Jang Bahadur, a renowned politician and Muslim leader, built himself. It held the title of the largest mosque in the world for a total of 313 years.

The mosque’s interior is adorned with exquisitely carved paneling that is a reflection of the Persian influence that was used in the construction of the edifice. The Badshahi Mosque is still studied in colleges all over the globe because of the exceptional quality and one-of-a-kind nature of its architecture and graphics.

The enormous courtyard of the Badshahi Mosque can house up to one hundred thousand people.

Each of the eight minarets of the mosque in Lahore stands three floors above the ground. Four minarets are considered major minarets, while the other four are considered minor.

Each of the two minarets stands at 176 feet and 4 inches and is crowned with a marble canopy at the very top.

The Museum 

The Badshahi Mosque is essential not only for tourists who come to see the spectacular architecture but also for the spiritual and cultural life of the people of Pakistan. This is because the mosque has a museum that displays its various treasures.

A museum opposite the mosque’s maintenance is where the hair of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and His son-in-law Hazrat Ali are preserved (RA). Because of the religious importance of this, Muslims feel a profound connection on a spiritual level to it.

The Prayer Hall

Red sandstone is used to demarcate the prayer hall as the most sacred area of the mosque.

The ceilings of the prayer hall are adorned with ‘Mughal Floral Frescoes,’ which provide a spark of beauty to the room. The prayer hall has several passages from the Quran etched on the walls. Multi-foil arches and massive pillars separate the space into seven distinct sections. The building’s architect aimed to reflect Emperor Aurangzeb’s audacity and grandeur.

The last Mughal structure was constructed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and is located in the same area as the Lahore Fort, Minar-e-Pakistan, Sheesh Mahal, and Wazir Khan Mosque. In a nutshell, the Badshahi Mosque is undoubtedly among Pakistan’s most stunning mosques.

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