Moti Masjid || Pearl Mosque
The Moti Masjid - a lovely shrine in Bhopal is a significant landmark in the history of muslim women in India. Built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum, Qudisiya Begum’s daughter. Sikandar Begum was fairly unconventional compared to Muslim women of her time – she usually dressed like a man and went out riding without a veil, often with a dagger tucked under her belt. Bhopal came to be known as the domain of the relatively liberated, even progressive women, and it was Sikandar Begum who set the trend. The Begum was an enthusiastic reformer, open to modern ideas. She abolished slavery and built roads, bridges and beautiful monuments like the Moti Masjid. The mosque has a marble-white façade with two small cupolas atop it, and it has two huge black minarets on either side of it. The architectural design of the Moti Masjid has a close similitude to the famous Jama Masjid in Delhi. This pretty mosque is comparatively smaller in size, but grabs thousands of tourists with its architectural marvel. Its dark red towers and golden spikes are really fantastic. The façade of the mosque is of glittering white marble, which provides an ethereal look. The Moti Masjid is also called as Pearl Mosque because of this sparkling white fascia.