Srinagar, Dec 27 (UNI) A comprehensive plan for the development of historical Jama Masjid, built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD with 370 wooden pillars, has been formulated to restore it to its pristine glory.
Jamia Masjid, known as one of the sacred shrines of Islamic followers, is in the heart of the old city, where thousands of people congregate for prayers.
Minister for Finance, Housing and Urban Development Tariq Hameed Karra, during his visit to historical shrine and other areas of city said after the plan is implemented, better civic facilities would be available to the people of the area.
He said the coalition government is committed to developing and further beautifying Srinagar city and several schemes are already under implementation in this regard.
Originally built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD, and enlarged by his son, Zain-ul- Abidin, it is an example of Indo-Saracenic architecture.
Destroyed thrice by fire and rebuilt each time, the mosque, as it now stands, was repaired during the reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh.
Be it the holiness or the constructional elegance, Jamia Masjid is quite unparalleled in every aspect. Comprised of 370 wooden pillars Jama Masjid symbolises one of the best architectural specimen which survived the ravages of time ever since it was constructed.
While looking into the origin and construction of Jamia Masjid, the name of Dogra ruler Maharaja Pratap Singh comes several times as it was during his Kingdom that the maintenance and repair works of the mosque was carried out.
Pratap Singh enthusiastically encouraged the re-construction of Jama Masjid many a time and even offered financial assistance too.