Front view of the old Jami Masjid at Munjpur, Gujarat
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the old Jami Masjid at Munjpur, Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Munjpur, located 24 miles south-west of Patan in Gujarat, is a small village founded in the 10th century by Munja Raja of Malava. This Jami Masjid or Friday mosque consists of a rectangular plan covered with a large central dome, its interior decorated with concentric circles and a leaf pattern. The remainder of the roof is covered with seven smaller domes and areas of flat slabs. The mosque’s interior is divided into seven bays and three aisles. Along the back wall, there are three mihrabs or prayer niches; the central mihrab is decorated with a Persian inscription overhead. In the mosque’s courtyard, there are remains of the mandapa or columned hallway from an earlier Hindu temple. The fragments of Hindu temples were incorporated into this mosque, notably the perforated stonework windows which were placed on all sides of the mosque.