Cheraman Juma Masjid

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Cheraman Juma Masjid Is The First Mosque In India.
Cheraman Juma Masjid is a mosque in Methala village,Kodungalloor,in the Indian state of Kerala,Believed to be built in 629 AD by Malik Bin Deenar,Cheraman Juma Masjid is the first mosque in india.Cheraman Juma Masjid is considered as the oldest mosque in India,and the second oldest mosque in the world to offer Jumu'ah prayers.It is Located 2 km from Kodungalloor town and 20 kilometer from the Irinjalakuda railway station.Cheraman Juma Masjid is unique in its appearance as it is based on a mixture of Arab and traditional Kerala art and architecture.
Devotees in large numbers visit the mosque especially during Ramzan,and they include pilgrims from different communities.Perhaps this is the only mosque where 'Vidyarambham' is performed on the Vijaya Dasami day and many non-Muslim devotees 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.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 metres away from the mosque.The famous Kodungallur Bhagavathy temple is 2km away and the site where St.Thomas landed in 52AD is around 5km away from the mosque.
Architecture Of The Mosque:
Cheraman Juma Masjid is built in the traditional Hindu architectural style employed in construction of Hindu temples.Similar to Hindu tradition,the mosque uses brass oil lamps.The rosewood pulpit,from where the priest recites the Friday Jumu'ah,is covered with carvings akin to those seen in Hindu architecture.A block of white marble in the mosque is believed to have been brought from Mecca.
Mosque Festivals:

Festival at cheraman juma masjid.
Veliancode jaram nercha festival.
Malappuram nercha.
Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu.
Pattambi Nercha.
Chandanakuda mahotsavam at beemapally
.
The Legend:
Cheraman Juma Masjid is locally believed that King Cheraman Perumal went to Mecca,embraced Islam and accepted the name Thajuddin.He married the sister of the King of Jeddah and settled down there.Before his death he handed over to the King of Jeddah several letters addressed to some rulers of Kerala seeking their help to propagate the tenets of Islam in Kerala. After his death the king came to Kerala and met the Rajah of Kodungalloor who helped him to convert the Arathali temple into a Juma Masjid.Women are not allowed into the mosque at any time. Male visitors are allowed in with the prior permission of the priest of the mosque.The festivals of Ramadan and Bakrid are celebrated with a lot of fervour in this mosque.
Significance: First Juma Mosque In India.
Named After: King Cheraman Perumal
Demography:
There are 1300 families registered as members with a total population of about 4500 members in
Cheraman Juma Masjid.The management of the affairs of the Mosque is vested in a Committee elected by the general body of the adult members of the Mahallu as per its byelaw for a period of two years.
Mosque Location:
Cheraman Juma Masjid is Located 2 km from Kodungalloor town and 20 kilometer from the Irinjalakuda Railway station.
Getting There:
Nearest Bus Station:
The nearest bus stand is at Kodungallur (3km).Several state owned and private buses,as well as taxis and other vehicles regularly paly between Ernakulam/Thrissur and Kodungallur.Bus connections are also available with all important towns of Kerala as well as neighbouring states Karnataka,and Tamil Nadu via Trichur.
Nearest Railway Station:
The nearest railway station is at Irinjalakuda 20 km from Thrissur.The railway station is about 1km south-west of the town centre and just 350 meters from the temple premises.Thrissur (40km) and Ernakulam (40km) are important railhead of the southern railway and linked to most major towns inside and outside Kerala.
Nearest Airport:
The nearest international airport is at Nedumbassery, Ernakulam nearly 30 kms from Kodungallur.
Address:
Cheraman Juma Masjid
Kodungallur,Thrissur,Kerala,India -
680664
Tele : 0091 - 480 - 2803170.
Website: www.cheramanmosque.com
For more information visit the offical website of CHERAMAN JUMA MASJID.
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