Our next destination was Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra Mosque. The mosque is situated on the outskirts of the city and is very easily accessible through an auto. Once you reach the mosque, you just can’t
help being taken aback by the grandeur of the Indo- Islamic architecture.
Designed by Abu Bakr of Herat, the mosque was built in just two and a half day. Thus it was named as the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra. It is said that this used to be a Sanskrit college way back in 12th century. The building was mowed down by Muslim Ruler Mohammad Ghori to establish a mosque. The hurried construction could not eradicate the entire embodiment and the remains of the temples are still there which were used as a part of the monument.
Muhammad Ghori was born in the year 1162 AD. He was also known as Muizzuddin Muhammad Bin Sam. He entered India in 1175 AD via Multan. There he
defeated the Muslim rulers and proceeded towards Gujarat. He faced a very strong combat from the ruler in Gujarat after which he moved towards Lahore. He captured Lahore in 1181 and constructed a
fort in Sialkot.
The pages of history are filled with accounts of gallant warfare between Prithvi Raj Chauhan of Mewar and Mohammad Ghori. The severe bloodshed and tales of gallantry through which Turkish reign got established in India.
When I visit places like Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra mosque, the
pages of history comes to live in front of my eyes. Indeed, at that point of time conquering land was the mission of life for men. We are lucky to be born in an age when such concepts do not make
sense any more.
It is said that almost 30 pillars were used from the temples. The place is marked by its excellent architecture. The pillars, domes and the arched screen with the use of yellow limestone on the front wall are the reminiscence of the pomp and majesty of the bygone era. The architecture also shows Persian influence through the rectangular panels. It exudes elegance in every bit of it. I went around the mosque viewing the architectural marvel.