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Mosques in Kerala

Kerala is the vibrant land of different religions and cultures, where people of different ethnicities live in harmony. In the ancient days Kerala had been a major trade center of Arabian countries, hence a lot of Muslims settled down in Kerala. Now a days Muslim community in Kerala is the second largest in terms of population, hence a lot of mosques can be seen here. Some of the most popular mosques in Kerala are:
Cheraman Juma Masjid
Cheraman Juma Masjid is situated at Kodungallur, approx 37 km from Thrissur. It is the oldest mosque of India and the second oldest mosque in the world. The mosque in Kerala was built by Malik Bin Dinar in 629 AD. The architectural style of the mosque quite resembles to the Hindu temple. the mosque has two tombs. The present building of the mosque dates back to 16th century, but the wonderful work of rosewood carvings of 7th century is still entact.

Madayi Mosque
Madayi Mosque is one of the most famous, ancient mosques of Kerala, situated 22 km from the town of Kannur. It was constructed by Malik Iban Dinar in 1124 AD. It is believed that the marble blocks used in the mosque had been brought from Mecca by the founder of the mosque. Madayi Mosque is counted amongst the important Muslim pilgrim centers of Kerala.

Pazhayangadi Mosque
Pazhayangadi Mosque is also known as Kondotty Mosque, situated 18 km east of Manjeri at Kondotty, on the Malappuram-Kozhikode route. It is a 500 years old mosque, which is associated with the famous Muslim saint Muhammad Shah. The mosque reflects the Mughal style of architecture. It has a beautiful white dome, adorned with ultimate delicate work. The festival of 'Valia Nercha' is celebrated with great pomp in the mosque in the month of February-March.

Kanjiramattam Mosque
Kanjiramattam Mosque is situated at Kanjiramattam, around 30 km from Kochi district. It is said that the mosque was built in the remembrance of Muslim saint Sheikh Farid Uddin. The mosque exhibits the exact prototype of antique Dargahs and Mazhars. Kodikuthu (December-January), and Chandanakkudam are the major festivals of the mosque.

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