In , replacement work on the red sandstone tiles on the mosque's large courtyard was begun using red sandstone imported from the original Mughal source near Jaipur , in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Archaeological Survey of India. The Tomb of Allama Iqbal is located immediately north of the mosque's monumental gateway. Aurangzeb chose an architectural plan similar to that of Shah Jehan's choice for the Jama Masjid in Delhi, though built the Badshahi mosque on a much larger scale. After passing through the massive gate, an expansive sandstone paved courtyard spreads over an area of , square feet, and which can accommodate , worshipers when functioning as an Idgah. Medieval Islamic Civilization: An Encyclopedia. Extensive repairs commenced from onwards, when Sikandar Hayat Khan began raising funds for this purpose. Because of increasing Muslim resentment against the use of the mosque as a military garrison, the British set up the Badshahi Mosque Authority in to oversee the restoration and to re-establish it as a place of religious worship. The massive entrance and mosque are situated on a plinth , which is ascended by a flight of 22 steps at the mosque's main gate which.
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