UP: Jama Masjid of Jaunpur stands on the pillars of the Hindu temple that originally stood at this site

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The official name of the Jama Masjid of Jaunpur mosque is “Atala Devi Masjid”. It still stands on the pillars of the Hindu temple that originally stood at this site. The temple was destroyed and its material was used in the construction of the Mosque.


“The original name of Jaunpur was Yavanapura”. “Even in the 19th century, no Hindu called it by the name ‘Jaunpur”. “The local Shaqi Sultans were great destroyers, and every mosque in Jaunpur was built on an existing Hindu temple”

Archaeological survey of India report


“There is a Sanskrit inscription dating back to 8th century in the Southern Gate of the Jaunpur’s Jami mosque”. “There is at present not ANY trace of old temples standing, for the Muhammαdan conquerors did their work of destruction with unusual completeness”

ASI report


“After destroying Karar Bir temple, Firoz Shah saw Atala Devi temple. He ordered the temple to be destroyed immediately. But Hindus violently attacked the workmen & pelted the emperor with stones. Hindus were initially victorious”.

Tarikh I Jaunpur, translated by Pogson


“But fresh Mμslim troops arrived from Jaunpur Capital Zafarabad. An order for slaughter was issued. Thousands of Hindu infidels became food to the dogs of death The river Gomati ran red with Hindu blood. Yet, Hindus did not refrain from fighting”

Tarikh I Jaunpur


“Seeing as how the Hindus did not stop fighting, the Sultan called for a truce. The part of Atala Devi temple that was broken would remain so. It would neither be rebuilt nor damaged further”

Tarikh I Jaunpur by Khairuddin


“This stalemate lasted for a while. But after many years elapsed, the strength of Mμslims increased and the strength of Hindus diminished. Then in 1404 CE, Sultan Ibrahim Sharqi expelled Hindus from Jaunpur. Their houses were given over to maulanas”

Tarikh I Jaunpur


It was then that Sultan Ibrahim ordered the Atala Devi temple to be destroyed and the M0sque built on its foundation.
-Tarikh I Jaunpur.


The construction of the mosque was completed in 1408 CE


The pillars still show the impressions obtained after scraping the idols and carvings .”Egyptian looking” Pillars and Mukha-Mandapas of the “mosque”.


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