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Dilawar Khan's Mosque

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The Mosque of Dilawar Khan, Mandu is, however, an unique example of the fusion of Muslim and Hindu style of architecture. It has a courtyard in the middle and the courtyard is in turn, encompassed by a colonnade. The prayer hall depicts amazingly bold influences of Hindu art forms in the ceilings, columns and gates. Built in 1405, it happens to be the earliest of mosques to have been erected here. The stones used in constructing the mosque, however, were salvaged from the desecrated temples.

To the southern end of the Mosque of Dilawar Khan, which faces the east, there is a dilapidated balcony, called the Nahar Jharokha or the Tiger Balcony. The name has been so attributed due to the form of a tiger that once supported it.

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