Built in 1505 by Wazir Miya Bhoiya during the Lodi Dynasty, Moth Ki Mosque is one of the many ancient monuments that follows Indo Islamic architecture. Located in the current day South Extension 2 it is surrounded by several residential and commercial establishments.
Legend has it that when Sultan Sikander Lodi, ruler of the time, visited the mosque he knelt on a lentil seed (moth). This was observed by Miya Bhoiya who considered the lentil to be sacred. He picked up the seed and planted it in his garden, where over the years several plants of the same grew repeatedly.
Another legend states that Sikander Lodi played a prank on Miya Bhoiya by gifting him a seed. And Miya Bhoiya, decided to plant it in his garden rather than throw it away. This later went on to result in a rich harvest and repeated plantation which profited the king.
The mosque primarily consists of Red Sandstone and Marble but is decorated with sandstones of different colours like red, blue, black and white. It has several arches, some of which show influence of Hindu architecture while most are styled in an Indo Islamic pattern.
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