It was the first day of our stay in Bhopal and we decided to kick start our journey from a traditional place of the city. Culture and religious images have always attracted me. Being an ardent devotee of Lord Jagannath, I also have love and affection for other religions. Moreover my sheer love for the cultural aspects of the county has always dragged me and compelled me to visit as many architectural places as I could. Therefore I decided to plan a trip to the Moti Masjid.
The Masjid is located in the heart of the Bhopal city and is often known as the Pearl Mosque. It is an old architectural monument and was built in the year 1860 under the supervision of Sikandar Jehan Begum. The structure has a striking resemblance to the famous Jama Masjid in Delhi and its architectural patterns speak much about the unique art forms and mastery of skilled laborers of that period.
The entire mosque is built in brick red color having a pearly white marble façade that adds to the beauty of the monument. There are two red minarets or spires found in the either side of the Masjid. Both of them are adorned with golden spikes. The presence of two small cupolas on the top of the tomb enhances the pristine beauty of the mosque.
On top of the minarets, prayers are made to the Allah. The minarets are known to be th gateway to the heaven and it is believed that those who sing prayers in the name of Allah here are sent to the heaven after death.
Sikandar Jehan Begum, who was the daughter of Qudisiya Begum, was a fee spirited and liberal woman. In those periods veil was a must-have thing for ladies. However Sikandar Jehan Begum was a differentiated personality and she used to be dresses up like and made tours across the country without a veil. She abolished slavery and her bravery also led to the liberalization and progress of women. It was only after her period that Bhopal experienced women emancipation.
My visit to the Moti Masjid was worth the time. I learnt many new things which I was unaware of earlier. It was truly a wonderful day with my family as we returned back to the hotel with a happy heart and soul.