|Mecca Masjid is the biggest mosque in Hyderabad and lies 100 yards south-west of Charminar. The name is derived from the Grand Mosque at Mecca on which it is patterned. The hall is 67 metres by 54 metres and 23 metres high. The roof is supported by 15 arches, five on each of the three sides. The western side is blocked by a high hall to provide the Mehrab. At each end are two huge octagonal columns made out of a single piece of granite each and topped by an arched gallery that is crowned by a dome. This mosque is one of the largest in India and can accommodate ten thousand people at a time.
The name of the mosque has an interesting short story behind it. It is believed that some bricks were brought from Mecca and inserted in the walls of its main arch. Hence it came to be known as Mecca Masjid. There are fifteen arches that support the hall of the mosque. Three walls of the great hall have five arches each. This huge hall is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long. No wonder it can accommodate about 10,000 people at a time during worship. It is said that about 8000 workers had been employed to construct this grand mosque. The mosque took 77 years to be completed.
There is a short story in the name of the Mecca Masjid. People say that some bricks were taken from Mecca and used in the construction of the Masjid. This mosque main hall is supported with the help of 15 arches. Great hall has three walls and every wall has five arches that show the Hyderabad tourist attractions. In completing the structure, there were around 8000 workers employed.
The construction work continued during the reigns of Abdullah Qutb Shah and Abul Hasan Tana Shah. Finally 77 years after it was begun, Mecca Masjid was completed in 1694 by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
In the mosque, there is a big pond for wazu. Seating arrangements are very good and is to be considered that if a person sits on it, he will visit again the city of Hyderabad. The courtyard has a room in which many holy and ancient relics are lying. And it has the hair of Prophet Mohammad; it also has the Hyderabad tourist attractions. When the Mecca Masjid was build all the people were called from the city. Sultan Mohammad had the foundation of Mecca Masjid, because he never missed his prayers when he was of 12 years of age.
Mecca Masjid has a large pool with its slab seats to sit. The mosque is embraced with sacred relics. This is an old heritage monument, and it has to be protected from pollution.
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