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JHANJRI MOSQUE erected by Sultan Ibrahim Sharqi at Jaunpur

This mosque, which also gives its name to the adjoining muhalla, was erected by Sultan Ibrahim Sharqi with the material of Vijaya ...


This mosque, which also gives its name to the adjoining muhalla, was erected by Sultan Ibrahim Sharqi with the material of Vijaya Chandra’s temple of mukatghat, said to have been demolished by Sultan Firuz. This mosque is also known by the name of Chachikpur. Sultan Ibrahim built it for the convenience of the celebrated saint, Sayyid Sadr Jahan Ajmal, who had once been his prime minister and who, after retiring from that post, used to live in the Muhalla of Shaikhuwarah, which is quite close to it. Like other buildings this mosque also suffered the same fate at the destructive hands of Sikandar Lodi, who pulled down a part if its court walls along with its main eastern gate. Later on floods in the Gumti seriously damaged dome on its central chamber and some other parts crumbed afterwards. Subsequently its stones and bricks were appropriated for other public and private buildings notably the great bridge built by Munam Khan-i-Khanan.

It’s totally area, including its courtyard, is 72 square feet. It has been completely rebuilt now, the only original parts intact being a stone wall, some stone pillars and great pers. These great piers, which flank a screen of much grace and beauty, been remarkable in the richness of its treatment, and especially in its size, in comparison with all the Sharqi buildings except that of the Atala Mosque. The central portion of the façade still remains, and because on the line screen-like appearance of its arched propylon is 35’-6” in width and the span of its arch is 23’-9”. The present brick wall, which forms a small enclosure, and alow-roofed insignificant chamber behind the screen are later additions. This small old remaining portion helps the onlooker to conjure up the form and pattern on the original monument. Some of the parts of the remaining building such as its entrance, which is in the shape of an arcade of openings on the pillars, beams and bracket, indicate indigenous elements. That gives the impression that the builders were much interested in its plastic treatment, which is the finest this in this mosque as compared with the other Sharqi examples. This mosque, compared with the previous architectural achievements on the Sharqis, seems to be an example of elegance and strength. It has an Arabic inscription in raised letters beautifully carved on the inner arch, which is actually a part of its screen, and which is the only instance of this type of decoration in Jaunpur. This mosque is greatly revered by the local population because of its association with saint Sayyid Sadr Jahan Ajmal.

Taken From Sharqi Sultanate Of Jaunpur by M M Saeed

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