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Champaner is a historical city in the state of Gujarat, in western India. It was founded by Vanraj Chavda, the most prominent king of the Chavda Dynasty, in the 8th century. He named it after the name of his friend and general Champa, also known later as Champaraj.

Jami (Jama) Masjid is one of the finest mosques of Champaner & amongst the finest architectural edifices in the state of Gujarat. Built in the year 1508-9 AD by Sultan Muhammud Begada, this is a gigantic structure with two imposing minarets 30 metres high, on either side of the central entrance to the prayer hall. There are seven mehrabs (prayer niches) in the back wall of the main prayer hall, the central being more elaborated. The Mosque has three entrance porches to courtyard but the eastern porch is most remarkable for its intricate carving and Jaali work.

Jami Masjid’s architecture was a model for later mosque architecture in India.

I chose to photograph the imposing mosque through the East pavilion, which is the most imposing and beautiful of the 3 porches. Constructed on a high plinth it is decorated with geometric designs and jaali work...I wanted to capture this beautiful slice of work in the frame & also experiment with asymmetry! Your views whether the asymmetry works with you would be most welcome :-)

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