Glimpses of the heritage walk titled ‘The Unsung Mosques of the Lodi Period’. The walk focused on three wonderful yet rarely visited Lodi period mosques – the Muhammad wali Masjid, the mosque of Darwesh Shah, and the Nili masjid. It focused on smaller narratives within the story of the Sultunate architecture of Delhi, and looked at how so many beautiful buildings are often ignored because they don’t feature in dominant historical/architectural narratives. Thanks to Sahapedia Walks & Talks for making this happen!
Read the brief below:
The Lodi dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate has contributed immensely to the architectural heritage of the city. A great number of beautiful mosques and tombs were constructed during this period. Today, they stand as splendid examples of late sultanate architecture. Unlike other dynasties of the Sultanate, the Sayyids and Lodis do not have to their credit a separate ‘city’ in Delhi. While some celebrated structures may be found within the Lodi Gardens, many other equally important monuments remain scattered across the urban fabric of the modern metropolis – unsung and unappreciated.
This walk will weave through three mosques built during Lodi rule, between the late 15th and early 16th centuries – the Muhammad Wali Masjid, the Mosque of Darwesh Shah and the Nili Masjid. Despite being fine specimens of Lodi mosque architecture, they remain largely unknown and overshadowed by their more famous cousins at the Lodi Gardens. The walk will focus on appreciating the architectural value of these beautiful but lesser known mosques. Participants will engage with these monuments primarily from an architectural standpoint, against the backdrop of the typical stylistic configurations of mosques dating from this period.