Friday Mosque of Nainital : Jama Masjid

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Nainital is a hill station and District Headquarter of Nainital District and Kumaun Division. The city is located in a valley containing an eye shaped lake called Naini Lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains, of which the highest is Naina Peak. From this peak and such other high points, we can see magnificent views of the vast plain to the south and tangled ridges lying north bound by the great snowy range. There is significant numbers of Muslims in Nainital comprising about 12 percent of the population.

In this hill station there is a Jama Masjid built in Mallital area beside the lake originally for Muslim soldiers in the British army. You can see the symmetrical emphasis associated with Islamic architecture, the lush decoration, and the minarets from which the call of the prayer is sounded. This Nainital mosque fulfills its basic function as a gathering place for the Muslim community living here and those who come to Nainital for explore this hill station, which offers numerous glimpses of nature, history, culture and entertainment. The mosque was renovated in 2004-2005.

Many shutterbugs love to capture its artistic grandeur in their camera. It even attracts the selfie lovers who like to seize the beauty of the mosque, which offers them a beautiful backdrop. Some of the famous places to visit near Jama Masjid are Naini Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Thandi Sadak and Bara Bazaar.

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