Jama Masjid Sector 20

Sector 20A - Park
Chandigarh, CH - 160020

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Jama Masjid, located in Sector-20, Chandigarh, holds a special place in the city’s history. Let’s explore its fascinating story:

  • Historical Significance: Jama Masjid is noteworthy because it was the first mosque built on the Indian side of Punjab after the traumatic partition of the subcontinent in 1947. This catastrophic division along communal lines left an indelible mark on the region.
  • Architectural Style: Interestingly, the mosque’s architect chose to deviate from the typical Mughal style. Instead, they designed it in an Egyptian style, with the minaret rising directly from the marbled dome. This departure from tradition symbolized a break from the past and marked new beginnings in the city designed by the renowned French architect Le Corbusier.
  • Religious Hub: For nearly half a century, the Jama Masjid has served the religious needs of Chandigarh’s Muslim community. It stands as a testament to resilience and faith, providing a place of worship for those who call this vibrant city home.
  • Personal Connection: My father, a central government employee who arrived in Chandigarh in 1962, witnessed the city’s nascent growth. As one of the few Muslim families settled here during the early sixties, our memories intertwine with the mosque’s construction. Back then, the handful of Muslims in Chandigarh held weekly Friday congregational prayers under a small tent in open spaces. The mosque gradually became a cherished part of our lives.
  • Unity Amidst Division: The native Punjabi Muslims, still haunted by memories of partition violence, hesitated to identify with anything Islamic. Even two mosques in nearby villages remained closed until the seventies. Yet, the Jama Masjid in Sector 20 stood as a beacon of unity, bridging the gap between past trauma and hope for the future.

Today, this iconic mosque continues to resonate with history, faith, and the spirit of Chandigarh.

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