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Where Tipu Sultan used to pray

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Surrounded by numerous heritage sites and monuments, the pilgrim town of Srirangapatna has this famous mosque, the Jamia Masjid, where the Friday prayer congregations are known to have been religiously held since ages especially in the fasting month of Ramzan.

 The town’s landmark tourist spot, with its pigeon-holed octagonal-shaped skyward minarets crowned by intricately done domes, Jamia Masjid stands tall in the historic fort area of Srirangapatna.

Built in the Indo-Islamic style some two hundred years ago, the two-storey Jamia Masjid consists of a spacious prayer hall, ornately decorated Miharab (a hollow niche in the wall) and at the basement of masjid is the madrasa (religious school) which has for long been functioning here. The monument has stone tablets with Arabic inscriptions which mention ninety nine titles of the Prophet Mohammed and the Persian inscriptions mention that the Jamia Masjid called Masjid-E-Ala is built by Tipu Sultan in AD 1782.  

Masjid-E-Ala is a historic mosque where the war-weary Tipu Sultan is said to have performed his daily namaz, perhaps praying for peace. To ensure strict observance of day-to-day namaz timings (five times in a day) Tipu Sultan had installed a unique sundial which can be seen even to this day on the terrace of the Jamia Masjid. There is one more sundial which is at the mosque located beside Gumbaz, the famous tourist spot located in Ganjam, close to Srirangapatna town.

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