UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-3

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    Consider the following statements about the architecture of Medieval Mosques.
    1. The pulpit (mimbar) of a mosque is meant for the imam who leads the prayer.
    2. The minaret or tower which was built for mere architectural purpose, later was utilised by 'muazzin' to call the followers for prayers.
    3. The prayer hall pointed towards West of India.
    Which of the statements given above are correct?

    A)  1 and 2

    B)  2 and 3            

    C)  1 and 3           

    D)  All of these

    Correct Answer: C

    Solution :

    [c] The large prayer hall of the mosque pointed towards Mecca, which is to the West of India. In the rear wall of the prayer-hall, the centre is occupied by a recess or alcove called 'mihrab', and indicates the direction of prayer (quibia). A pulpit (mimbar) at its right is meant for the imam who leads the prayer. A tower or minaret, originally intended for the 'muazzin' to call the faithful to the prayer, later assumed a mere architectural character. A gallery or compartment of the prayer hall or some other part was screened off to accomodate the ladies who observed purdah.

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