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“Confluence of Islamic architecture and Hindu craftsmanship”
Review of Juni Masjid

Reviewed March 7, 2012

Before this I had last visited Champaner - Pavagadh about 10 years back, it was solely for religious reasons and then to relax at a picnic kind of spot, the gardens of an old monument called Jami Masjid. Hardly did I then realize the importance of those beautiful structures and hardly did I notice the presence of some 100 other pre-Mughal medieval monuments including fortifications, wells & water management structures, Hindu & Jain temples, military & agricultural structures, palaces, mosques, tombs, gardens, arches, pillars and residential areas.

Built in the year 1508-09 by Mehmud Begda, JAMI MASJID stands truly large and magnificent till date and is considered the most prominent structure in Champaner. The biggest building in Champaner, it encloses an area of 72 Meters by 60 Meters with a huge courtyard, arcaded corridors with 52 pillars, 62 windows with Jali work on the outer walls and 3 entrance pavilions in the center of its east, north and south walls. 33 meter high minarets adorn each side of the main entrance and prayer hall and four minarets at the corners are half its height (one on the front-right side is in broken condition).

One design element that I noticed most prominent was the Flower, Foliage motif and the Pot design which probably was indicative of the confluence of Islamic architecture and Hindu craftsmanship.

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, this area with all its historic and magnificient structures, is a must visit.

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Reviewed December 23, 2011

Also called Jami Masjid, is a part of Pavagarh Archaeological park , now declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Most people who go to Pavagarh temple for darshan are not aware of the existence of this park - near the Champner bus-stand and at the foot of Pavagarh hill. Park has many nice monuments but Jami Masjid stands tall in all respect. It is in very good shape, well maintained and has wonderful stone carving work. The entrance gate is full of very beautiful, symmetric but different stone mesh (Jali) work. Entrance dome is a treat to eyes. The main dome of masjid is very large and must have been beautifully decorated once upon a time. The painting is now pale. The garden around the masjid is well maintained by ASI.

This masjid is quite near to bus stand and can be reached in just 10 minutes by auto / own vehicle. Any one who loves architectural monuments should visit at least this one in Champaner.

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Reviewed September 23, 2016
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