Monday Flashback 18 – Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahemdabad

This list of heritage places in Gujarat would look empty without the mention of Sidi Saiyyed Mosque. The structure dates back to 1573. Interestingly, it was established by a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah, Sidi Saiyyed, after whom the mosque is named as well.

This was among the last Sultanate structures in Gujarat. The interiors of the mosque is worth an applause! Built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is adorned with intricate jaalis windows and chiseled marble.

 

Sidi Sayeed Mosque, Ahmedabad is the Marvelous piece of Architecture and is one of the Most Maintained & old Sustainable Building in the Country.

The mosque itself is quite spartan built in the style of architecture which most mosques in the country adhere to. The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque architecture is executed in an Indo-Saracenic style which combines elements of Indo-Islamic and Indian architecture. The famous Jali work of the screen in the Sidi Saiyyed Mosque is the source of attraction and the lodestone that drew people to its fold were the Jaalis ( also known as Sidi Saiyad Ni Jali ) or intricate lattice work of the windows of the mosque. The structure dates back to 1573. Interestingly, it was established by a slave of Sultan Ahmed Shah, Sidi Saiyyed, after whom the mosque is named as well.

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

In all, there are 10 windows with very intricate stone lattice work. When the sun glows it looks as the orange glow of light, the intricate lattice work of the windows is extraordinary as every shape is given by a thousand of stones to give the perfect shape & structure to the window, it created an effect so surreal and beautiful.

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

The rear wall is filled with square stone pierced panels in geometrical designs. The two bays flanking the central aisle have reticulated stone slabs carved in designs of intertwined trees and foliage and a palm motif. This intricately carved lattice stone window is the Sidi Saiyyed Jali, the unofficial symbol of city of Ahmedabad and the inspiration for the design of the logo of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

The central window arch of the mosque, where one would expect to see another intricate jali, is instead walled with stone. This is possibly because the mosque was not completed according to plan before the Mughals invaded Gujarat

The mosque was used as a Government office during the British rule. In 1880 CE paper casts of the carved screen were taken and two wooden models were made for the Museum of Kensington and New York.

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

The Sidi Sayed Mosque is a small mosque that is still used for prayers by the devout Muslims of the area. It is bang in the center of the main traffic junction in the heart of Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of Gujarat, a western state of India. The famous Sidi Saiyyed Mosque in Ahmedabad is located in a small compound and shaded by trees. Ten windows with intricate lattice work adorn the sides and the rear of the mosque. The most exquisitely carved window is known as the “Tree of Life”, and is a joy to behold, a resplendent ode to the artistic genius of its makers.

History Of The Sidi Sayyed Mosque

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

Sidi Saiyad Jali history dates back to 1573. The construction of the Sidi Sayyed Mosque is attributed to an Abyssinian soldier by the name of Sidi Saiyyed in the year 1573, which coincidentally was also the last year of the Gujarat Sultanate with the Mughals led by Akbar taking over the kingdom.

Sidi Saiyyed Mosque

The mosque is apparently incomplete and some accounts attribute this fact to the Mughal invasion.The Sidi Saiyyed Ki Jali view at the entrance has two structures. It seems the two structures that frame the entrance to the courtyard of the Mosque were meant to be towers which were never completed. The central arch surprisingly does not have any lattice work and is just covered with dull and drab stone. Probably another pointer to the incomplete nature of the structure. But whether complete or incomplete, the Sidi Sayyed Jali is a unique piece of architecture that has dazzled millions with its beauty across the passage of history.

The stone carving marvel in Sidi Saiyyed ni Jali is popular worldwide and has been executed in Indo-Saracenic style. The Founding fathers of the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad were so impressed by the elegant and intricate design of The Tree of Life lattice window that they adopted it as their logo. The exquisitely crafted lattice work is also in many ways a visual symbol of the city of Ahmedabad.

 

This Building is truely an Inspiration for True art lovers & a One of a kind Sustainable Building in India.

 

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