Mumbai based firm, Laxmi Haricon Pvt Ltd, will be doing the restoration work of Mecca Masjid in old Hyderabad. Work will be completed in phases and the first phase of the work will be completed in 18 months. Rs 4.5 crore will be spent on restoration in the first phase.
The cornices running around the entire mosque structure and the floral motifs and friezes over the arches remind the tourist of the great attention paid to detail in Qutub Shahi architecture
The mosque had been in a bad shape for a long time and the state government had sanctioned Rs 8.48 crore for a complete revamp. After extensive inspection by government officials, tenders were floated for restoration by the director of archaeology and contract was awarded in August.
In the first phase, the main focus will be refurbishing the mosque’s main hall. Engineers will be employing traditional technique using all organic materials to revamp the delicate structure. Priority is given to repair the cracks and major damages. A fresh coat of lime plasters will be given alongside water proofing and chemical conservation.
Mecca Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad and is one of the largest masjids in India. Completed in 1694, Mecca Masjid is also known for its architectural marvel. The three arched facades have been carved from a single piece of granite, which took five years to quarry. The main hall of the mosque is 75 feet high, 220 feet wide and 180 feet long, enough to accommodate 10,000 worshipers at a time. The cornices running around the entire mosque structure and the floral motifs and friezes over the arches remind the tourist of the great attention paid to detail in Qutub Shahi architecture. They have a close resemblance to the arches at Charminar and Golkonda Fort.