Moth ki Masjid

Moth Ki Masjid was constructed in the fourth ancient medieval city of Delhi under the reign of the Delhi Sultanate. It was built in 1505 by Wazir Miya Bhoiya who was a Prime Minister at the Royal Courts of Sultan Sikandar Lodi aka Nizam Khan.

It is within the Masjid Moth Village and is surrounded by the urban, residential and commercial settlements. It is easily approachable from Dhaula Kuan or from Yusuf Sarai in South Delhi.

It was considered as one of the most beautiful mosques that depict a stunning ‘Gumbad’ or ‘Domed’

Moth Ki Masjid which means ‘Lentil Mosque’ has interesting versions of a tale attached to it. One Legend has that Sultan Sikandar Lodi once visited a Mosque that was earlier present next to where the Moth Masjid stands today, to offer his prayers. When he knelt down, his knees touched a small grain of moth or lentil which was earlier dropped by a bird and this entire incident was observed by Wazir Miya Bhoiya who was then, the Sultan’s loyal Prime Minister.

Moth Ki Masjid was constructed on a raised platform made of stone which were embedded with columns and in the shape of a square. Its entrance lies towards the eastern side of the Village Street and welcomes tourists through a flight of steps that leads them through a partially ruined gateway which is made of sandstone in black, blue, white and red colours which is hardly noticeable today.

The Gateway of this Moth Ki Masjid leads you further into the main courtyard of the Mosque measuring 126.6 feet wide that lies within a walled enclosure

The Prayer Hall is surmounted with three imposing domes with a central dome supported by small corbelled towers that forms the largest one amongst the other two and homes the main ‘Mihrab’ placed on its western qibla wall which is seen with small towers projecting out of it. This Mihrab reveal inscriptions of verses from the Holy Book ‘Quran’ engraved in the typical Iranian design of flora Nakashi. The main dome of the mosque is semi-circular in shape and the windows are dressed with screens that depict beautiful lattice work.

Moth Ki Masjid does not charge any entry fee due to its ancient and religious importance and is opened to all the public from early morning hours up till sunset. This mosque was known as a private masjid of Prime Minister, Wazir Miya Bhoiya, which became a significant part of his life.

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