Built at a cost of RM250 million Putra Mosque is named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj.
Constructed with rose-tinted granite, the pink-domed Putra Mosque can house about 15000 worshippers at any given time. If you’ve visited the King Hassan Mosque in Morocco, you would find the basement wall of the Putra Mosque resembling it.
The minaret, which stands at 116 metres, draws inspiration from the Sheikh Omar Mosque on Baghdad. Showcasing 5 tiers, signifying the Five Pillars of Islam, it’s one of the tallest minarets in the region.
The highlight of the Mosque is the main prayer hall, which looks simple and enchanting. Supported by 12 columns, the highest point is 250 feet above ground level under the dome.
The courtyard or the Sahn showcases decorative water features. Hemmed in by colonnades, it provides a wonderful prayer space that soothes the heart and soul of worshippers.
While the Mosque is a tourist attraction, visitors should treat the Mosque with respect like any other mosque.
Visitors, especially females, should dress respectfully and avoid revealing clothes. If you’re interested in visiting the interior of the Mosque, you should don the robes and head covers provided for visitors.
You may wear shoes in the outdoor courtyard area, but you must remove them at the steps to the Main Prayer Hall. Menstruating females are advised not to enter the Main Prayer Hall.
Smoking is prohibited in the mosque and do keep your voice down, unless you’re a tourist guide.
Putra Mosque does more than offer Muslims a place to worship. It also houses an auditorium with a seating capacity of 380 people suitable for organising talks and seminars.
There are also lecture rooms and a dining hall available for rent and limited to certain functions.
Done with visiting the Mosque, you could check out the nearby attractions.
Take for instance Cruise Tasik Putrajaya which allows you to rent a rowboat for a slow, relaxing cruise around the lake. The best time to do this is late in the afternoon or early evening when the weather is a little cooler.
The Dataran or The Square is where the major events are held. It provides the main access to the Putra Mosque, Prime Minister’s Office Complex, Perdana Walk and the Promenade.
Selera Putra, the foot court which offers a wide range of dishes faces the Putrajaya Lake can accommodate up to 800 people.
All in all, a visit to the Putra Mosque would be an illuminating experience if you wish for a quick getaway in the city.
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