Ask any Delhite does he/she know where Masjid Moth is situated; most probably the answer will be in affirmative. But ask them why it’s called so – you will draw a blank and some wild guesses unless you happen to bump into a historian.
Located between Uday Park and behind South Extension part 2 and near GK is Moth ki Masjid more commonly known as Masjid Moth. Built in early 16th century by Miyan Bhuwa, a wazir (minister) during the reign of Sikandar Lodhi there is an interesting and little known story or legend why it’s called Moth (a type of lentil) ki Masjid.
According to the legend, one fine day Sikandar Lodhi along with his minister was taking a leisurely stroll along the area. During the stroll Sikandar Lodhi picked a grain of moth and presented that to his minister in jest. Showing all humility the wazir accepted the gift from his master. The minister in question after reaching his home contemplated what to do with the grain of moth; he can’t throw it away as it was a gift from the king- after much thought he planted the moth in his garden. It is believed that it grew with much alacrity that in few years the produce from the moth started giving surplus income. Then the minister decided to construct a mosque from the income coming from the moth produce.
When the construction of the masjid (mosque) was over, the wazir went to invite the king to visit the place of worship built from his gift. It’s believed that Sikandar Lodhi was very impressed with the minister and decided to name the masjid as Moth ki Masjid.
Moth Ki Masjid, like other mosques built by kings or their ministers is not big neither it has any minarets so commonly found in mosques. Moth ki masjid is small and simple and uses minimal calligraphic decorations and embellishments that are part of the traditional mosques. The square red sandstone structure has a small semicircular dome and latticework screens in its windows.
Time to Visit: Open on all days
Timings: sunrise to sunset