Hayath Bakshi Begum Mosque, Hyderabad

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Hayath Bakshi Begum Mosque is also known as the Hayat Bakshi Mosque and Hayathnagar Grand Mosque. The mosque has religious significance for the Muslims of Hyderabad. The construction of the mosque commenced during the rule of the fifth Sultan of Golconda, Abdullah Qutb Shah and got completed in the year 1672. Like the many constructions carried out during the reign of the Qutib Shahi family, the mosque too has been done in the characteristic Qutub Shahi style.

The mosque has been made not only for offering prayers, but also for allowing travelers to rest a while before carrying on with their journey. Keeping this in mind there is a Sarai or a rest house for the tired travelers. The structure of the mosque has five arches, a frieze and a parapet, two minarets and a prayer hall. The parapet runs along the galleries that have twelve protrusions. The prayer hall has been built on a platform to raise its level. One can wash hands and feet in the ablution tank that is built directly below the mosque.


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