The next morning, we had decided to leave early as we had plenty of destinations to cover in a single day. We began with the Taj-ul-Masjid Bhopal which was one of the largest mosques in Asia. As soon as I had visited the mosque on the bus I heard from one of the shopkeepers that there was a saying that was “Masjidon main masjid, Taj-ul-Masjid.” The market gave a very typical Indian bazaar ambiance and there were a variety of colorful things sold in the shops. From the bangles to mementos everything was there.
The mosque was a peaceful, calm and serene one. Silence was strictly observed for Almighty. The mosque was a manifestation of one woman’s dreams, wishes and desires. The architecture was antique and it gave a great feeling when I touched the walls of the masjid. Sultan Shah Jahan Begum wanted to lay the foundation of this magnificent monument in Bhopal. She was reigning there in the 18th century. It was her desire to bring all the Muslim countrymen under one roof during the Fridays. She believed that the larger the number of worshippers, the more love, affection benevolence Almighty would shower on her dynasty.
The serene ambiance brought inner peace to my mind and soul. Muslim women were not permitted to enter mosques so there were only Muslim men and tourists around. The guide said that around five lakhs people used to gather during religious occasions. The architecture was very well constructed and it resembled a lot like the Badshahi mosque which was in Lahore.
Before entering the mosque everyone was supposed to follow some strict dress codes. Men were supposed to cover their heads and women also. No short dresses were allowed inside the mosque. After entering the mosque everyone was supposed to perform wuzu at a very large tank which was located in the heart of the courtyard. The water felt blissful and calm in the face. This method was practiced so that every mortal soul entered with a clean body, heart and soul. The ceilings were decorated with ornate architectures. The visit to the Taj-ul-Masjid Bhopal was memorable as it was different from the temples of my religion. The visit to this mosque had brought inner peace to me.