Sunday, 21 August 2011

The Fliers

This is on the domes of Moti Masjid in the Bakhtiyar Kaki dargah.



  1. To me, the dome looks a lot like it belongs to a gurdwara rather than a masjid. The meridians are farther apart as one would expect in a gurdwara.

  2. @Shikhin - the gurudwara dome design has is a derivation from the domes of later Mughal period. Depending on which period you are looking at, the domes can be broadly categorized into:

    1. Less than hemispherical - flat looking cupolas from Lodi and Tughlaq Period e.g. Begumpur Mosque, Khirki Masjid, tombs in Lodi Gardens.

    2. Little more than hemispherical - early and middle Mughal period e.g. Jama Masjid

    3. Onion shaped or almost spheres - late Mughal period e.g. Safdarjung tomb and mosque, Moti Masjid