Cheraman Juma Masjid


Cheraman Juma Masjid, Kodungallur, Kerala, India

Cheraman Juma Masjid is the first mosque built in India in the year 629 A.D by Malik Bin Dinar. This is considered as one of the oldest mosques of India and the second oldest to offer Jumu'ah prayer. One unique feature of this mosque is that all the mosques in Kerala face westwards, but this one faces towards the east. This mosque was constructed when Prophet Muhammad was there and there are some bodies that are buried here as they were his original followers.

During the ancient time when Islam was not introduced in India but trade was going on between Arabia and India; the people of Kerala accepted the new religion and started to get converted to Islam. King Rama Varma was the first one to convert. Legends say that a group of Muhammad's followers visited Kodungallur and at that time Chera ruler had witnessed some miraculous happening.

The Cheraman Juma Masjid contains a small oil lamp which is burning continuously from thousands of years. People of all the religions come here and they bring oil with them to put in the lamp. This is the only mosque in Kerala that allows people of other religions to enter the mosque. The first renovation of the mosque was done in the 11th century, second 300 years later and latest in 1974. This mosque is built in the style of Indo-Saracenic Architecture. There is an old ceremonial pond close to the mosque. It is believed that there are two old tombs here that belong to Khumarrish, wife of the Malik Dinar and another one of his son Habib Dinar. There is a piece of white marble that is brought from Mecca.

There are many devotees who visit this mosque, especially in the holy month of Ramadan. This mosque is under the care of the Mahallu committee that is elected as per the laws. It is of great pride that substantial devotees in the committee are non-Muslims. This is the only mosque that conducts 'Vidhyarambham' on the day of Vijay Dashami. This mosque has helped many non-Muslims to start their children's education in the premises of the mosque.

Ramadan and Eid are the main festivals of Muslims that is celebrated with great fervor. People from all over the country make a note to visit this place during the festival.

Travel Route:

Airways: Nearest airport is the Calicut airport which is at a distance of about 152 kilometers from the Cheraman Juma Masjid. It takes about 2 hours and 22 minutes to travel. There are taxis and local bus services available from airport to Destination.

Railways: Nearest railway station is the Irinjalakuda railway station which is at a distance of about 20 kilometers from the Cheraman Juma Masjid. It just takes 30 minutes to reach the station.

Roads ways: There are state transport and local buses available from the mosque, this place is well connected to all the major cities of India.