Photographer's Note

The Mosques of Champaner form the most significant part of the Architectural Heritage of the Sultanate period of Champaner Pavagadh. They form the biggest source of knowledge and expression of the glory of architecture that was attained in Champaner Pavagadh. Jama Masjid , - unique which signifies the continuation of the Hindu building traditions and incorporates the new Islamic style, it typifies the best of regional architectural expression. Its entrance, Gatehouse is a forerunner to the Jahangir style of buildings belonging to the Mughal times constructed in marble. The confluence of Islamic ideals and Hindu craftsmanship reached its peak in Champaner in the later part of the 15th century AD. There is a distinct hierarchy that can be established among the mosques of Champaner Pavagadh. The hierarchy is perceptible from the number of mihrabs (semicircular niche (architecture) in the wall of a mosque in the direction of Mecca) in the mosque. The city mosque is the Jama Masjid having seven mihrabs. The ones for the royalty and their guests have five mihrabs viz. Sarai and Shaher ki Masjid and those for the common people have three mihrabs

The mosques of Champaner fall under two broad categories of construction systems namely- the archdome system and the beam- column- dome system. Most of the mosques including the Sahar Ki Masjid or the City Mosque falls in the 2nd category

Sahar Ki Masjid is one of the most imposing mosque structures constructed very close to the royal enclosure. It might be the private Masjid of the Sultans with five mihrabs. The main entrance is through an arched doorway flanked by two minarets. It is covered by a projection, sloped chhajja. Two more entries on either side of the central one are flanked by jharokhas. Corresponding to each arched entry is a large dome, surrounded on all its four sides by smaller domes. A rectangular ablutions tank was constructed on a platform.

A postcard like shot, but I shared this because I was quite intrigued by the design of the mosque...with the two minaterts close together & the multiple domes on the roof!

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