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Tamil Nadu Old Jumma Masjid Of Kilakarai
Kilakarai in the district of Ramanthapuram is sacred place for Muslims. From the ancient times, people from Sri Lanka and other countries would migrate here for trading and business purposes. The Jumma Mosque, also known as the Meen Kada Palli in Kilakarai was built in Dravidian style of architecture. Known to be one of the oldest mosques in the Indian sub-continent, this monument was built in the early 17th century and was the first mosque to be built in fine stone. This mosque is a fine example of how brilliant the Islamic rulers were in their sense of art and architecture.
This construction was directed by Vallal Seethakathai of Medinah who was also a well known account of the great King Sethupathai. The King receives great donation of stone and decided to construct this Masjid in it.
The entire construction of the Masjid was done by Yemeni merchants and traders before the Islamic period came in. The construction by ordered by the Baadhan Governor of Yemen when Muhammad ruled. The construction came underway once the majority population accepted Islam in 628 AD. This mosque is the oldest mosque in India and was managed by Arabd and their following generations.
Recently the Masjid has been renovated and is now fully air-conditioned.
The pallivasal is unique in the sense that the only bend in its wall is the direction of prayer. The beams are heavy and have intricate carvings on its sides. The mosque quite resembles a Temple in many respects because of the amenities on avail in its premises. Truly Islamic yet Dravidian in style, this mosque does not have any Goddess carvings on its beams or walls.
General Facts about the Masjid
O.J.M Street, Kilakarai, India
Time to Visit
On all days from Sunrise to Sunset (Open all days)
Summer: 7.00 am-12.15 pm &2 pm till sunset
Winter: 8.30 am-12.15 pm &2 pm till sunset;
Entry is free but tourists will have to pay Rs. 100 if they carry a camera along with themselves.
Free and open to all except during prayer timings.
Indian Citizen/foreigner: INR 20/ 150
Free and open to all
- Leave your shoes at the entrance. The person taking care of your shoes will charge you Rs. 20 for the service.
- Be neat and clean while you visit the mosque.
- Guides and local tours operators in the city would guide you to this Masjid.
- Tourists should cover their knees as well their arms and remove their shoes before entering the mosque.
- Cloth to be draped around your limbs or feet, is available at the entrance and is provided on request.