Sidi Bhashir Mosque, AhmedabadCurrently Closed
- Address: Saraspur, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
- Timings: 05:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Mosque, Historical Site, Monument
About Sidi Bhashir Mosque, Ahmedabad
The Sidi Bashir Mosque is famed for its 21.3m-high shaking minarets (Jhulta Minars) . Built to seek to protect against earthquake damage, this certainly worked in the earthquake of 2001. The mosque is located opposite the Ahmedabad Railway station and is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Ahmedabad. Entry to the shaking minaret was prohibited following an incident at Qutb Minar in Delhi, where a stampede resulted in many children being crushed.
Each minaret is about 21 meters high and has three stories which have delicately carved stone balconies. The mosque and the minarets were built in 1461 but reason for this design is uncertain.
Sidi Bhashir Mosque Information
- Entry to the mosque is restricted.
How To reach Sidi Bhashir Mosque by Public Transport
- Sarangpur Bus Stop
- Khadiya Char Rasta Bus stop
Restaurants Near Sidi Bhashir Mosque
- The house of MG
- Shreeji Sandwich
- Green signal
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Things to Know Before Visiting Sidi Bhashir Mosque
51.32% of people who visit Ahmedabad include Sidi Bhashir Mosque in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
39.68% of people plan their visit to Sidi Bhashir Mosque between 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Sidi Bhashir Mosque
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sidi Bhashir Mosque
Sidi Bhashir Mosque, Ahmedabad Reviews
It's a beautiful example of our excellent architecture of the past. It's a surrounding area is quite noisy but inside the complex its a very peaceful atmosphere.
Also known as the Shaking Minarets, they are playful but with a whir of quivering mystery. They have left the best of architects and pioneering design engineers intrigued and in unresolvable wonder. What they cannot unravel is when one minaret is shaken the other begins to vibrate, though the connecting passage between the two remains vibration-free; what causes this vibration is unknown. There are two well-known pairs of Shaking Minarets in Ahmedabad, one located opposite the Sarangpur Darwaja and the other near the Kalupur Railway Station Area. The one near Sarangpur Darwaja is within the vicinity of the Sidi Bashir Mosque built in 1452 AD by Sidi Bashir, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah. They are three storeys talls with carved balconies where visitors were once allowed to climb all the way up. The other set of minarets near the Railway Station is taller in height. However, these are not in a very good condition as it is believed that the British had dismantled them to understand the cause of vibrations. They could not resolve the engineering and it was not possible to put them back in their original condition. Demonstrations of the minarets shaking or vibrating are not carried out anymore.
It is believed that the mosque was constructed by Sidi Bashir, a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah. A conflicting story is that the mosque was built by Malik Sarang, a noble in the court of Muhammed Begada, another Sultan of Gujarat. The mosque was completed in 1452. Only the minarets and arched central gateway remain; the body of the building was destroyed in 1753 during the war between the Marathas and Khan of Gujarat Sultanate. On the north side, as the train enters the station, are the two tallest minarets in Ahmedabad. All traces of their mosque and the memory of its name and date are gone. The style and material of the minarets point to the close of Mahmud Begada's reign (1511), or perhaps rather later. Though much damaged, especially near the foot, the stairs inside the minarets may still be used. An Englishman made an attempt to demolish one of the minarets of the mosque, but all in vain. He did so to unravel the mystery behind the swaying of minarets. The mechanism that leads to vibration is still a mystery. An interesting thing about Jhulta Minar is that, it can even withstand the pressure of fast moving trains that pass from a distance not lying very far from the minaret.This minar was built layer by layer that is why it can resist that much shaking without collapsing. Its around 600 years old.
Heritage site but not accessible to common people. It seems more like accidental finding of vibration rather than architectural wonder.
One of the most beautiful architecture. Very cool place. Clumsy and crowded location. Very beautiful carving in stone.