Mosques and Shrines of Kerala


The Cheraman Juma Masjid, in Methala village, Kodunggallur Taluk is considered to be the earliest mosque in India. It was founded in the 7th century and designed and constructed in accordance with Hindu art and architecture. There is a large Kerala oil lamp in the centre and Muslims, Hindus and Christians brings oil for the lamp during any auspicious occasions.

There is a mosque in Kanjiramattom about 30 km from Kochi and is believed to be erected over the mortal remains of a Muslim saint, Sheikh Parid. The annual Kodikuthu Festival is held here in December-January.

About 22 km from Cannanore is the ancient Madayi Mosque. It was originally built in 1124 AD by Malik Ibn Dinar, a Muslim preacher. A block of white marble in the mosque is believed to have been brought from Mecca by its founder, who came to India to spread the world of the Prophet Mohammed.

Pazhayangadi Mosque, 18 km east of Manjeri, at Kondotty on the Malappuram-Kozhikode route is associated with the Muslim Saint Mohammed Shah, popularly known as Kondotty Thangal.

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