April 2, 2010

A historical Masjid - Jumma Masjid, Srirangapatna, Near Mysore, India

Srirangapatna, the historical town of Karnataka state in India, is located near Mysore city (the city famous for Mysore Zoo, Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, and Brindavan Gardens). Even though the highlight of Srirangapatna town is Ranganathaswamy temple, there are many historical sites and monuments too located in the town. Masjid-e-Ala aka Jumma Masjid is one of the important historical tourism sites in Srirangapatna, which you must visit during your Mysore travel.
Tipu Sultan built Masjid-e-Ala aka Jumma Masjid (some people write it as Jama Masjid too) in the year of 1784 CE, once he came to the throne of Mysore. It is said that he performed his first Imamath here (Imamath = some religious course in Islam). The masjid (mosque) has an open court and a covered verandah. The highlight of the masjid is two lofty minarets, which stand on a high platform. The minarets are very attractive and can be watchable even from long distance. The octagonal shaped minarets are two stories surmounted by domes. There are around 200 steps which would take you to the top of minarets from where you can get a bird view of Srirangapatna.
The history of Tipu Sultan is always interesting. Similarly, the town of Srirangapatna, which is associated with Tipu Sultan is also interesting. Earlier people used to visit only Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangapatna. However, the interest on tourism and travel in India have increased manifold. The travelers to Srirangapatnam ensure that they visit this masjid too.

Happy travelling.

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Masjid-e-Ala aka Jumma Masjid
Site Type: Masjid, Mosque
Highlights: One of the important sites of Srirangapatna
Location: 18 kms from Mysore, Karnataka state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Srirangapatna
Nearest Airport: Bangalore (around 170 kms)
Local Transport: Easily reachable from Mysore; there are lot of private and government buses
Hotel: There are few good hotels at Srirangapatna; If you are looking for good cheap and budget hotels, it is better to go with hotels of Mysore or hotels of Bangalore
Restaurants: There are few good restaurants available in Srirangapatna; better options are available in Bangalore or Mysore

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