One of Putrajaya’s most recognisable landmarks would be the pink-domed Masjid Putrajaya, also known as Putra Mosque. The mosque, which completed its construction in September 1999, can hold 15,000 worshippers at once. The Putra Mosque is named after Malaysia’s first prime minister, Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj.
The mosque’s rose-tinted granite construction and the carvings on the doors, windows, and panels made of chengal wood give it a desert-pink appearance. It combines Arab-Islamic designs of architecture with local handicraft that was influenced by Muslim Persia during the Safavid era.
One of the tallest in the area, the 116-metre minaret of the Putra Mosque is inspired by the Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad and features five sections that represent the Five Pillars of Islam. Its main dome, which measures 36 metres in diameter, is flanked by eight smaller domes that sit atop each of the four corners of the building. The King Hassan Mosque in Morocco served as inspiration for the architecture of the basement walls.
History of Putra Mosque
The construction of this magnificent mosque, which stands on the border with the man-made Putrajaya Lake, began in 1997 and was completed on 1st September 1999. The overall construction cost is about RM250 million.
One thing to keep in mind is that while much of the mosque has been constructed over water, a portion of the building is on solid land. The technique is frequently used in mosques to create the illusion that the structure is floating on the sea.
The Putra Mosque history drew inspiration from traditional Malay architecture as well as cultures in the Middle East and Persia. The mosque carries Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj’s name, who served as Malaysia’s first prime minister.
Regarding the specifics of this building, the Putra Mosque’s main dome is 160 ft high, and its 381 ft minaret is the third-tallest in the world. The 12th-century Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad served as the model for the minaret.
The Putra Mosque’s five-sectioned minaret, which represents Islam by way of symbolism, is another example of traditional Islamic architecture. The five pillars of Islam are represented by each of those divisions, and they are as follows:
- Shahadah: Declaring that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is God’s Messenger.
- Salah: Five times a day of the ritual prayer
- Sawm: The practice of fasting and exercising self-control throughout the blessed month of Ramadan.
- Zakat: The practice of donating 2.5% of one’s savings to the poor and needy.
- Hajj: Journey to Mecca at least once in a lifetime, if possible.
Putra Mosque Visiting Hours
To all the non-Muslims, you are welcome to visit outside of prayer times. The Putra Mosque visiting hours are as follows:
Saturday to Thursday, 9:00am – 12:30pm., 2:00pm – 4:00pm, 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Friday, 3:00pm – 4:00pm, 5:30pm – 6:00pm
As for the Putra Mosque entrance fee, it is free of charge so you’re free to visit as you wish, following the available hours.
Things to Know Before Visiting Putra Mosque
You must ensure that you are dressed respectfully in accordance with Islamic norms. As for the females, don’t worry as there’s a Robe Counter where you can borrow a pink robe with a hood to wear to the mosque.
You are allowed to wear shoes in the outdoor courtyard area but make sure to remove your shoes before entering the main prayer hall. There are racks prepared for you to keep your shoes safe and sound.
For the females, please take note that you’re not allowed to enter the main prayer hall when you’re menstruating. This is a sign of respect for the Putra Mosque.
Smoking is strictly prohibited.
What To See in Putra Mosque & Things To Do
1. Take beautiful photos for memories
Besides admiring its magnificent structure, you can undoubtedly take great photographs for memories! Bring your camera and photograph away because each of the shots will 100% be worth it.
2. Appreciate the architecture of Masjid Putrajaya
The mosque’s architecture combines Malaysian, Persian, and Arabic-Islamic architectural styles. This lovely tint, made of rose-pink granite, offers a really serene vibe to the mosque. Other notable characteristics of the mosque are chengal woodwork and Islamic calligraphy on mimba and mehrab. Take time to yourself to soak in all the beauty because you will be entranced by it.
3. Spend the evening at the Dataran Putra
Dataran Putra, located in Putrajaya’s Presint 1, is a large circular square facing the Putra Mosque. At any moment, you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the government buildings and the Putra Bridge from here. Remember to bring along a camera with you too!
Apart from being a popular photographic site, the area comes alive around 6:00pm with many activities to do in Putrajaya such as cycling, skating, and many more. On Sunday mornings, you can even participate in Zumba and fitness classes!
4. Catch the sunset at Putra Mosque
Nothing beats catching a sunset at the Putra Mosque. With its gorgeous architecture and peaceful ambience, you ought to see it at least once in your life. Bring your loved ones to make it a memorable one.
5. Support the local vendors at Dataran Putra
If you happen to visit Masjid Putrajaya, it is also the time for you to support the local vendors at Dataran Putra which is just in front of the mosque. You’ll find a lot of vendors selling their products at night from the boot of their cars. From teh ais to bubble foam for children, you’ll have the best time here.
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Locals and visitors alike should pay a visit to the Masjid Putrajaya at least once throughout their lives. The architecture will definitely captivate you.
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