Façade of Shaikh Jodh's Mosque, Patan
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the partly-ruined arched façade of Shaikh Jodh's Mosque at Patan in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The city of Patan was formerly called Anhilvada or Anhilpur and was established in 765 by Vanaraja, the first king of the Chavada dynasty. The Shaikh Jod Masjid is located in the southern section of Patan and probably dates from the late 15th century. The mosque’s interior measures 122 feet in length and contains a dargah or shrine in the courtyard. The mosque’s interior is divided into eleven bays and three aisles. Most of the pillars are from Hindu temples. Along the back wall, there are five mihrabs or prayer niches which are the key decorative feature of the mosque. Reproduced in collotype in Archaeological Survey of Western India, IX, pl. xxix, described pp. 55.