Tipu Sultan Mosque in Mysore, Masjid e Ala, Jama Masjid in Mysore

Tipu Sultan Mosque is also known as Masjid-e-Ala and is located at Srirangapatna. The other popular name for the Tipu Sultan Mosque is Jama Masjid or Jumma Masjid which is considered to be very pious among the Muslims of Mysore and even throughout the world.

  • Tipu Sultan Mosque was built by Tipu Sultan in 1784 after he took over as the Sultan of Mysore. The first imamath (Islamic religious course) was performed by Tipu at this very mosque. Tipu Sultan used this mosque for his prayers. The entire mosque is coated earthen yellow and is constructed in royal magnitude consisting of several interesting features. The mosque consists of lofty minarets that are found to be double storied appear as if touching the sky standing on a very high platform. The minarets have an octagonal shape and they also possess pigeonholes that have been surmounted by beautiful domes adding to the magnificence of the whole mosque.People can use the steps that are two hundred in number in order to get to the minarets. At present, entry to the minarets is completely restricted because of safety reasons. Once you reach the minaret, nothing will be able to stop you from having a splendid and wonderful view of the beautiful environment that surrounds the Tipu Sultan Mosque.

  • The mosque also consists of a court that is completely open and a verandah that is covered. The open court is found in front of the mosque.

  • The mosque also boasts of an inscription that carries the ninety names of the savior Allah.

  • The terrace of the mosque possesses a Solar Clock popularly known as a Sun Dial or Sun Clock that speaks volumes about the ingenuity and innovations of Tipu Sultan.

  • There are Koranic verses inscribed on stone tablets that have been fitted in the main hall of the mosque. One slab that is found in the main hall carries the date of creation of the Tipu Sultan Mosque.

  • There is the Mehrab (semi-circular place in Kaaba direction) located in the west of the mosque and it symbolizes Light: that is Allah.The ceilings and the walls of the mosque have been decorated with Persian sculptures that have been finely calligraphed and intricately ornamented.

  • The mosque also possesses a prayer hall that is very huge.

  • In the corner of the mosque premises, one will find a very large pond that is rectangular in shape. Cenotaphs are found in the opposite direction of the large pond.

  • The mosque also serves as a place for education because there is a madrasa or religious school for the Muslims located within the premises of the mosque.

  • The architectural design of the mosque is an assimilation of Islamic and Hindu elements.

  • The spot in Srirangapatana where Tipu's body was found.