Cheraman Juma Masjid
1500 m from Kodungallur Centre, Kerala
First Juma Mosque in India
King Cheraman Perumal
This Mosque is located at Kodungallur, about 37-km from Thrissur.
This Mosque resembles temple. Built in 628 AD, in Al Hijra 7, that is, 7 years after Prophet's migration to Madina, it is the oldest Mosque in India and the second oldest in the world.
The legend has it that King Cheraman Perumal converted into Islam and accepted the name of Thajudeen. It was after the conversion he married the sister of Jeddah King of Saudi Arabia. Before his death Thajudeen had handed over letters addressed to various Kings in Kerala, requesting help to propagate Islam, to his brother-in-law. The history has to say that the King of Jeddah came to Kerala and sought help of the King of Kodungallur to build a Mosque. The Kodungallur King offered all help and the Juma Masjid named after Cheraman came up.
It is locally supposed that King Cheraman Perumal went to Mecca, embraced Islam
and accepted the name Thajuddin. He married the sister of the then King of Jeddah and settled down there. Before his death he handed over to the King of Jeddah
numerous 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 permitted into the mosque at any time. Male visitors are permissible in
with the prior permission of the cleric of the mosque. The festivals of Ramadan and Bakrid are celebrated with a lot of fervour in this mosque.