The Jum`a Masjid (Friday mosque) at Tughluqabad. Located slightly southeast of the centre of the fortified city of Tughluqabad. Grid ref. J-13; Ill. 12b.
Today modern houses crowd the site. The mosque is thought to have been the congregational mosque of Tughluqabad. It was rectangular, 115 metres north to south and 124.5 metres east to west. The prayer hall on the western side originally was nine bays long and two bays, around 28 metres, deep. It was of hypostyle construction, with the pillars built on large cut-stone bases a considerable distance (as much as 20 metres) apart. Only the lower portions survive today. We have no way of knowing what the upper section and roof of the hall were like. The low mound on the ground below is thought to be made up of the materials that were used for this part of the building. There is no remaining colonnade corresponding to the spaced pillars in the prayer hall. The section equivalent to the west wall of the main chamber is largely extant and it contains two large windows. There appear to have once been arches above the windows. The outer side of this wall, that is, the western face, has long protruding ashlars with the ends exposed. This suggests that the wall was constructed using alternative courses of stretchers and headers. (Photo 1) The floor of the mosque was originally built on a relatively high plinth, as evidenced by the large arched-shape concaves cut into what is now the northern face of the mound. There is a rectangular platform touching the southern portion of the eastern face of the plinth. Period Ⅱ.
IOC:Ⅹ-4-13; ASI:Ⅳ-1.

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