The district of Ajmer in Rajasthan is not only popular for the Dargah of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti but for many more things. On the town outskirts is located the ruins of the Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra mosque, which is extraordinary in many senses. The structure has many legends associated with it nothing as prominent as the one informing us about its being built in only two-and-a-half days.
Built in 1153, the Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra mosque is a wonderful piece of architecture that invites tourists for its towering domes, pillars and a gorgeous arched screen. The structure is in dilapidated state and needs restoration at the earliest to maintain and retain its historical charms and visual delights. Legends apart, the structure reminds of the days and times when Mohammed of Ghori seized the city of Ajmer and converted an originally Sanskrit building into a mosque.
The Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra mosque in essence was largely constructed using pieces of Jain and Hindu temples. It was made by adding a seven-arched wall covered with Islamic calligraphy. Many believe this mosque to have been named after a festival lasting two-and-a-half days. In overall, the structure is worth a visit for giving a peek into the historical days of India to let one savor a great heritage.