Damadi Masjid Ahmednagar
Although today hardly any local Muslim devotees visit this mosque, but fair number of visiting tourists do visit this mosque to cherish its immensely beautiful stone carvings and calligraphies. However, what is truly unique is that these carvings and calligraphies are not exhibited in typical Mughal style architecture, but in typical Deccan Dravidian style architecture. In fact Damadi Masjid is one of those rare mosques in India that has not been built in Mughal or Persian style architecture but Dravidian style architecture. Hence you won’t find any Persian style dome adorn on the top of this mosque, but Dravidian style paintings, carvings and architectural patterns.
If one still doesn’t know what Dravidian style architecture actually looks like, then a glance through south Indian temples located in cities like Madurai and Mangalore would definitely give anyone the clear idea/picture.
As for the history of this mosque is concerned, there is very little information about it. But it is a definitely known fact that this mosque was constructed in year 1568, which definitely makes it one of the oldest mosques of Ahmednagar. However apart from the history and beauty of this mosque, a visit to this mosque is equally important for the fact that it gives you opportunity to visit two other famous tourist destinations. These are Ahmednagar Fort and Dargah Daira, which are located quite near to Damadi Masjid. Ahmednagar Fort is especially must visit place, as it is unarguably the most celebrated tourist destination of Ahmednagar city.
Overall, Damadi Masjid with all its architectural uniqueness does deserve a visit. Although the mosque is not really in the best of conditions, but its unique architectural beauty has really stood the test of time and hence can behold the attention of its visitors.
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