Attractions in Srinagar
Jama Masjid - The imposing
structure of Srinagar's largest mosque, the Jama Masjid
or Friday Mosque, is one of the earliest examples
of Islamic wood architecture. First constructed in
AD 1398, it was successively destroyed by fires and
rebuilt thrice. The present building conforms to the
original plan. Unlike the Islamic shrines, the Jama
Masjid & other Muslim shrines in Kashmir are not
topped by a dome. Instead four spires tower above
the surrounding rooflines. An enormous doorway below
its corresponding spire pierces each of mosque’s
massive walls. Four lofty prayer halls are surrounded
by 370 pillars, each the size of the deodar tree.
The sunlit central courtyard with its pool of water
contrasts masterfully with the solemn serenity of
the four pillared prayer halls.
- The RozaBal shrine is located in Khanyar, Srinagar
and believed by the locals to be the burial place
of Jesus Christ!
Pattar Masjid - Across
the River Jhelum is situated the Pattar Masjid, built
in 1623 for the Empress Noor Jahan. The mosque was
later renamed as the Shahi Masjid.
- It is located at 1100 ft. above surface level of
the main city on the Shankaracharya hill, also known
as Takht-e-Suleiman. A Lord Shiva temple rebuilt about
a 1000 years ago by the patriarch of all godmen, Adi
Shankara. The site itself dates back to 2500 BC. It
is said the philosopher visited Kashmir as part of
his pursuit of propagating Sanatan Dharma. The Shiva
temple is believed to have been constructed by Raja
Gopadatya in 371 B.C. and as such is the oldest shrine
in Kashmir. The Dogra ruler, Maharaja Gulab Singh,
constructed stone stairs up to the temple. The temple,
besides being a prominent religious place of Hindus, is
of great archaeological importance. The temple commands
a magnificent panoramic view of the Srinagar city.