Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra

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This great mosque was originally a Jain religious college which was damaged by Mohammad Gori when he seized Ajmer in 1153. It is told that together with the ruined college, parts of some 30 damaged temples were used to build this mosque, which was miraculously completed in two and a half days – hence the name Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra.
About 1200 AD Qutbuddin added in front of the original hall, a pierced stone screen of seven arches and the ten domes in the roof upheld by 124 columns, intricately carved where no two of them are alike.

Though in ruin now, two broken minarets with Koran inscriptions on the corners above the central high arch of the screen can be seen.
The other notable Muslim shrine is of the disciple ofKhwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Nagaur-Tarkin ki Dargah, the tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Shah Hamiduddin. Of special interest is also the mosque in Tonk because of its rare mbcture of secular Mughal and austere Islamic style of architecture.

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