Cheraman Palli

Cheraman Juma masjid in Kodungallur Taluk of Thrissur district in Kerala is believed to be the oldest Muslim mosque in India. It was built in 629 AD by Malik lbn Dinar. It's believed that this mosque was initially restored and reconstructed in the eleventh century AD. Arabs were doing trade in the ancient times in these regions. With the arrival of Islam, the Arab merchants became carriers of the new faith and that they propagated it where they went. Indians living within the coastal areas of Kerala accepted the principles of the new faith and accepted Islam. The Brahmin King Cheraman Perumal was the primary Indian to be converted to Islam, according to the historical evidences. It’s also believed to be the second oldest masjid in world for offering the Juma’h prayers. In contrast to the other masjid in Kerala that face westward this mosque faces eastward. Cheraman Juma masjid shows the influence of ancient Hindu architectural design in its construction. The masjid is associated with an ancient lamp that invariably burns and that is believed to be quite thousand years old. Individuals of all religions bring oil for the lamp as there offering. Unlike the other mosques Cheraman masjid allows the entry of people from other religion to visit the place.

How to Reach

The mosque is situated on the Paravur - Kodungalloor Road, NH-17, about a km from Kodungalloor.

Nearest airport is Cochin International Airport, about 28 km.

Nearest railway stations are Ernakulam, about 36 km, Thrissur, about 38 km.

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