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Sunehri Masjid UPSC NOTE

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  • Within two days of issuing a notice seeking public response on the removal of Sunehri Masjid, the New Delhi Municipal Council has received hundreds of emails and messages on X urging it not to go ahead with the demolition of the 150-year-old mosque.

  • The notice, issued by the NDMC’s Department of Architecture and Environment on December 24, seeks objections and suggestions from the public till January 1 on the removal of the heritage building located near the roundabout at the Central Secretariat.

Sunehri Masjid

  • The Sunehri Masjid is a mosque located in the Chandni Chowk district of Old Delhi.

  • It was built in 1721-1722 by Roshan-ud-Daula, a Mughal amir who was beginning to rise to power in the court of the Mughal Emperor Muhammad Shah

  • The mosque was dedicated to Roshan-ud-Daula's spiritual mentor, Shah Bhik.

  • The mosque is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture. 

  • It is made of red sandstone and white marble, and it features two minarets and a large dome

  • It is also a place of worship for Muslims from all over the city.

  • The mosque was originally called the Shah Bhik Masjid, but it was later renamed the Sunehri Masjid because of its golden domes.

  • The mosque was damaged in the 1739 invasion of Delhi by Nadir Shah, the Persian ruler

  • Nadir Shah used the mosque as a vantage point to watch the massacre of the city's inhabitants.

  • The mosque was restored in the 19th century by the British.

  • The mosque was declared a protected monument by the Indian government in 1914.

Sunehri Masjid Location

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