Delhi, a city which has been in existence since time immemorial, a city which has experienced several episodes of plundering and settlements, a city which has been loved and destroyed; has always been my favorite ever since I settled around. The city holds a great cultural and historical significance and that’s what makes me love it. Though several other cities in the country are as beautiful as it is; yet Delhi is close to heart. I am willing to explore other cities too, Calcutta being one of them. While I am sharing with you my visit to Begumpur Mosque, a mosque which is said to have been built around the Tughlaq era, I wonder how a city can hold so much historical and cultural diversity.
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If we look back at the history of Delhi, before the Mughals, we will find it had been ruled over by several dynasties that came here from outside and built monuments which are standing even today, though in ruined forms. Tughlaq dynasty was one of the most famous ones which ruled over the city. The reign was for a short period only which was established in 1320 and by 1413; it was disestablished. The stories are interesting and the monuments are imposing.
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During this period, Tughlaqs built several monuments around the city and Begumpur mosque or Begumpur Masjid was one of the most famous monuments. The mosque which is among the largest mosques of Delhi, today stands in the middle of a locality, waiting for its end. When I visited Begumpur Mosque this year in January, I observed that it wasn’t maintained and no restoration work was carried out or if the mosque underwent some restoration work, that was in the long past. I could see broken walls and broken ceilings. The entire structure was crumbling with grass and other vegetation.
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