After exploring the Buddhist part of Leh, I decided to explore the old streets inside the city. This is when I came across the Jama Masjid. This is one place which I couldn’t enter but definitely asked my guide for the story behind how a mosque came into existence here. The Jama Masjid here resembles some others I have seen before; however it is not a very famous mosque around the world. The architecture is a combination of Mughal and Buddhist in some strange harmony that people have created.
The streets around this place are filled with many shops from where you can get some artifacts to take back home. You will be able to find some intricately designed pieces which are famous for this region. This is something that I almost spent entire day doing as this was what I was going to take back home as a memory for this trip. The story amazed me on how people have to change and evolve just for safety and security.
The modest beginnings
The Jama masjid is an important and historical mosque in the middle of Leh. This is also the biggest mosque in Ladakh valley. This mosque was constructed as per an agreement between the emperor of Ladakh and Aurangzeb. This was like a fee which the Ladakhi king had to allow. Because of him allowing for this mosque to be constructed the Mughal emperors agreed to protect him and his kingdom.
This works as a religious equality in the most parts of Leh you will see Buddhism being the major religion, however there are many Muslim as well. These two religions are living hand in hand and that is the symbol of magnanimity and forbearance. When you travel here you will see that this mosque is in the main bazaar of Leh. The masjid however is open only to men like all the other mosques around the world. The original mosque they say had to be replaced by what you see now as a very intricately carved structure in the middle of a busy market.