Akbari Masjid


 Akbari Masjid

In 1571 Akbar initiated the building of the mosque AKBARI MASJID which is named after him at the shrine, and in 1579 he had the mausoleum of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty further embellished. This is mentioned in an inscription painted in golden nastaliq lettering inside the dome of the mausoleum. For early topographical descriptions of Ajmer and its shrine, reliance must be placed on the foreign travelers who went there. Contemporary local authors give no such descriptions. W. Finch, who was in India between 1608 and 1611, left the following account of the shrine:

Ajmer is only famous for the sepulcher of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty, a saint much respected by the Mughals.

This Mosque was built by Mughal Emperor Akbar the great. Who came to Ajmer from Agra to ask for a son to Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty R.A. When he got son he build this Mosque. It is a monument of the Akbar’s period. After six months of the birth of Prince Salim (Jahangir), Emperor Akbar visited the Astana-e-Alia in Ajmer and ordered the construction of the mosque. It is made of red stones. The mosque including other adjacent buildings is 140ft.long and 140 ft. wide the height of its arch is 56 ft.

In the centre, there had been a hauz(tank) for wazoo(ablution). Owing to certain reasons, the hauz was closed and covered. Now the Mosque is known as Akbari Mosque. At present this place also houses a Quranic Educational Institution to provide religious education to the children.

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