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Moti Masjid

Introduction
Moti Masjid Agra Fort Moti Masjid is situated in the premises of the Agra fort in Agra. It is counted among popular Agra fort attractions and also referred as Pearl Mosque. It was important mosque within Agra fort complex thus has great historical back-ground. This splendid monument was built in between 1648-1654 by the famous Emperor Shah Jahan. Like his Father Akbar, Shah Jahan was very interested in building monuments but the taste of both emperors were different. Shah Jahan preferred structure with white Marble and Moti masjid is a great example of his taste. Moti masjid also called as Pearl Masjid because of its white color.

Started in the year 1648, the masjid took 7 years to be completely finished. The darbar hall is to the left of the mosque and this is where the emperor held his court for the common people of his kingdom. The ground of Masjid slopes down from the east to the west. This Masjid is made up of red sandstones and three domes of the top are made of white marble making it more beautiful. Moti Masjid also has symmetrical design. It was placed on the highest part of Agra fort. There is a unique factor about this masjid which differentiate it from others. The Masjid's main podium contains 4 steps whereas the other masjids have only three steps at the podium. Man and woman do not pray together, they have separate halls. Women are accessible to an area on the either side of main prayer hall. Both are the parayer halls are decorated with marble screens so that women can see and attend main activities of mosque while remaining away from sight of men. The staircases on the right and left of the courtyard, provides private access to the apartments on the palace. Moti Masjid is bordered by balconies on all the sides, decorated with arch and twelve pillars. The multiple passage way of the masjid are divided by seven coves. The main entrance of the masjid is on eastern side, facing to the river bank of Yamuna. After passing through Elephant gate, road to the left will take us to Moti Masjid.

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