The Deccan region of India, encompassing the state of Telangana is known since ages for its heritage legacy of several architectural marvels. Hyderabad city is home to many historic monuments of heritage significance and Mecca Masjid is one such centuries-old monument, located close to the famous Charminar.
The construction of Mecca Masjid (also called Makka Masjid) was believed to have been started by Sultan Mohammad Qutb Shah of Golconda in 1617 A.D. and later completed by Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb in 1693 A.D. The arched gallery in the premises of Mecca Masjid displays the tombs of all the Nizams from the year 1803. The roof of this wonderful mosque is rested on 15 arches. The main hall of the mosque measures 75 feet in height, 220 feet in width and 180 feet in length. The fifteen arches fully support the roof related to the mosque’s main hall, with five on each of the three sides. Built completely with local granite, Mecca Masjid is one of largest mosques in India. The main structure of this mosque is sandwiched between two massive octagonal columns. It is believed to be made from a single piece of granite.
According to legend, Sultan Muhammad Qutub Shah invited all the devout religious elders in the city to lay the foundation stone. This mosque is held in great reverence across the Islamic world since it is believed that some of the bricks on an arch to its northern side are made of earth brought from Holy Mecca in Arabia. There is a high blocking wall towards the western side for Mehrab. Mecca Masjid can accommodate about 10,000 worshipers at any time. Mecca Masjid, is a wonderful monument and a testimony to the age-old traditions and rich heritage of Hyderabad city.
The building evokes a feeling of nostalgia for researchers all over the world, working in the field of tropical diseases. It is a matter of pride for Hyderabad, as the building has been associated with the phenomenal work of this Noble laureate, in the 19th century.