Located 2 km from Kodungalloor, Kerala built in 629 AD in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture the Cheraman Juma Masjid was believed to be the first mosque in India and second in the world where Juma prayers were started. The mosque resembles a Hindu temple in appearance and has finely crafted woodwork especially in the pulpit, and uses a traditional Kerala brass oil lamp which is mostly found in Hindu temples. There is an ancient ceremonial pond near the mosque which is still intact. It is believed that the two tombs of the mosque belong to Habib Bin Malik, son of Malik Bin Dinar, and his wife Khumarriah. A block of white marble in the mosque is believed to have been brought from Mecca
Large numbers of devotees visit the mosque especially during Ramzan. This is the only mosque in the world where 'Vidyarambham' is performed on the Vijaya Dasami day and people from the other religions initiate their children into the world of literacy at the mosque. Women are not allowed into the mosque at any time. The mosque is managed by a Mahallu Committee elected as per the by laws, consisting of only adult members for a period of two years. This is one of the few mosques in the world which allow the entry to the people of other religions.
Best time to visit Cheraman Juma Masjid
Best time to visit Cheraman Juma Masjid is from September to May.
Major attractions of Cheraman Juma Masjid
There are many historical places in the vicinity of the mosque. The old palace of the Chera kings and a Mahadeva temple is just 250 m away from the mosque.
The famous Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple is 2km away and the site where St. Thomas landed in 52 AD is around 5 km away from the mosque.
How to reach Cheraman Juma Masjid
By Air:- The nearest International Airport is at Nedumbassery is situated 30kms from Kodungallur.
By Rail;-T he nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda, which is located 20kms from Thrissur. From here it is easy to catch a train to the nearby important cities.
By Road:- Cheraman Juma Masjid is conveniently located and can be visited using both public and private transport. Taxies and auto rickshaws ply regularly to and from the Mosque. Visit the best and popular Kerala religious places with the Kerala Vacations and enjoy the peace and tranquility which they offer. For more details regarding the packages for the religious places of Kerala just fill the form below or just write to us. We are here to serve you with the bst of available options.
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