Adhai Din Ka Jhopra Ajmer

Adhai Din Ka Jhopra Ajmer
Vital Information for Visitors

Adhai Din Ka Jhopra, Andar Kot Road, Lakhan Kothri, Ajmer, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all days

Timings :

06:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Entry Fees:



30 minutes

Significance :

Islamic monument built by demolishing Hindu temples

At the foot of the Taragarh Fort on the hills of Aravallis is located Adhai Din Ka Jhopra--a fine combination of rich tracery, delicate sharpness of finish and workmanship demonstrated by the Hindu masons--though for a Muslim ruler. Many view this as a unique building. Adhai Din-ka-Jhopra means a hut of two and half days. It is said that at an urgent commission from Muhammad Ghori this was constructed in two and half days. But a more likely explanation is: Muslim devotees gathered here for celebrating the Urs of Punjab Shah that lasted for two and half days. This is actually a mosque built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, the first Sultan of Delhi in 1199 AD. Iltutmish had subsequently adorned it with a screen pierced by the arcs that appear in this country for the first time.

The present day Adhai Din Ka Jhopra mosque was originally a Sanskrit college built by Vigraharaj IV. It was square-shaped with the four corners adorned with ‘chhatri’ like architecture. There was a temple dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and knowledge. Historical facts suggest that at one of the corners, a Jain temple was also situated. The students from the neighbouring places flocked to it for learning. This mosque was constructed at the site and by the rubbles of those temples like Vigrahraj Sarawati Temple.

There are strong traditions among the Jain faithful that it was a Jain temple. The head of a Jain image, found in the excavations of this place, strengthens the view of its being a Jain temple. The discovery of nine or ten Jain marble images in 1856 AD, bearing the inscriptions of the twelfth century AD in the immediate neighbourhood of Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhopra, may prove that they originally belonged to this building. Besides, this building resembles the Jain temples of the same period at Mount Abu. The early European writers such as Tod and Fergusson supposed it to be a Jain temple, which was converted into a mosque by the Muslim rulers. In the beginning, it was probably a Jain college building meant for higher education. Not only the study of Jain scriptures, but also the study of other branches of learning such as drama and poetry was pursued. In this way, one can account for the drama of Vigrahraj inscribed here.

The sculptures of the temples can be seen in conservatory, inside the campus. It has been kept in security by the government. It’s another symbol and proof of Muslim intolerance towards a different faith and their cultural values.

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