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Mecca Masjid

Mecca Masjid

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Mecca Masjid is one of the prominent and ancient mosques of India situated in
Hyderabad and it is one of the largest Mosques in the country too. Makkah Masjid that has been listed as a heritage site transformed as the centerpiece of the city. There was an interesting story behind the name of the mosque, it was constructed with the bricks that were brought from Mecca soil (holy site of Muslims) and so the name Mecca Masjid came to existence.

During the reign of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah (6th Qutub Shahi Sultan), the Mekka Masjid was constructed, he only had laid the foundation stone of the Mosque. There are about fifteen arches that support the hall of the mosque; the main hall that is about 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long has five arches each and it has large capacity to accommodate at a time about 10,000 people during prayers. About 8000 workers have done hard work in constructing this amazing mosque that took 77 years to have its first look. Arches and doors bear some inscriptions from the Quran, the holy book of Muslims.

A rectangular and arched building at the entrance of the courtyard houses the marble graves of kings belonging to Asaf Jahi dynasty. It contains the tombs of the Nizam rulers and their family members. The low ornamental Minerates are resting place of rulers.

According to legend is that who sits on the two stone and slab benches that were existed on the bank of the pond, will again returns to sit on them and also it is to be believed that a room in the courtyard boasts a hair of the prophet Muhammad.

Now a day’s, pollution and lack of maintenance has damaged and cracked the structure of Mecca Masjid. In the year 2001, Andhra Pradesh government has taken necessary steps in preventing damages by making the respective area of Charminar a traffic-free zone. A dark period in history of Mecca Masid happened on May 18 2007, a high explosive bomb was exploded inside the Masjid at the time of prayers on Friday; at least thirteen people were died and several were injured in this dread full incident.