History of Alamgir Mosque:
Locating at a prominent site of Panchganga Ghats, the Alamgir mosque Varanasi was built by Aurangzeb on the site of a large Vishnu temple. Aurangzeb demolishes the temple and built the mosque over the ruins of the temple. It is also known by the name of Beni Madhav ka Darera, or the Aurangzeb’s Mosque.
The mosque was a skillful construction of Aurangzeb. Being the largest structure located on the banks of river Ganges, the mosque was constructed during the invasions of Mughals in India. The Varanasi mosque portrays the subtle distinctions of the architecture, which is a combination of the Mughal and Indian styles.
Architecture of Alamgir:
The Hindu style architecture is outstanding in the lower parts of the Alamgir mosque Varanasi, while the higher ends remain rooted in Mughal design. It is also one of the most beautiful mosques to visit in Varanasi when it comes to architecture. Standing on the carved pillars, turrets and beautiful domes, the mosque is frequented by devotees and tourists while visiting the Panchganga Ghat.
The two minarets of the mosque were damaged, out of which one was collapsed and the other was officially brought down out of safety concerns. Nonetheless, you can witness the beauty of the mosque. You can gaze at the architectural grandeur of the high domes and minarets.
The Panchganga Ghat, where the Alamgir mosque Varanasi is located, where five streams are said to meet. In October, lamps are ignited on top of a bamboo staff as a mark of guidance to the ancestors.
Top Things to see Near Alamgir Mosque:
Dashashwamedh Ghat, Temple of Sanket Mochan (Hanuman Temple), Ganga aarti, Bharat Mata Temple, Aasi Ghat are the main tourist attractions in Varanasi.
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No entry fee for the mosque visit.
You can visit alamgir mosque from 7:00 AM in the morning to 7:00 PM in the evening daily.