Thazhathangady Juma Masjid
Also known as “Taj Juma Masjid” is Muslim shrine located in Kerala known as Thazhathangady Juma Masjid. This “masjid” is located on the banks of the River Meenachil in the Kottayam district. Said to be over 1000 years old this mosque is considered to be amongst the “oldest” in the country. Furthermore, it is also renowned for its magnificent architecture that includes beautiful wood carvings. In addition, the southern side of this mosque in 2012 was destroyed and was then extended using iron pillars, aluminium sheet, and minars.
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a. Best time to visit Thazhathangady Juma Masjid
The ideal time to visit this mosque is during the winter the season which begins in October and ends in February with the temperature ranging from a maximum of 33 degree Celsius to a minimum of 17 degree Celsius.
b. How to reach Thazhathangady Juma Masjid
Thazhathangady Juma Masjid Map
1. By train:
The nearest railway station to this mosque is in Ernakulum. The Ernakulum Railway Junction is well connected to major cities in the country.
2. By road :
If you intend to drive to this mosque the ideal starting points would be Thrissur, Kottayam, Alappuzha, and Coimbatore.
- Via Thrissur:
There are two routes from Thrissur to this mosque, and they are via NH544 and NH66 and via Kodungallur Shornur Road and NH66.
- Via Kottayam:
There are two routes from Kottayam to this mosque, and they are via Kottayam Kumarakom Road and River Bank Road and via Kottayam Kumarakom Road.
- Via Alapuzzha:
There are three routes from Alapuzzha to this mosque, and they are via SH40, via Alapuzzha Veliyanad Road and Kollam Theni Road, and via Alapuzzha Veliyanad Road.
- Via Coimbatore:
There is one route from Coimbatore to this mosque, and it is via NH544.
3. By air:
The closest airport to this mosque is located in Cochin. The Cochin International Airport is well connected to major cities in the country as well as to international destinations.
c. Religious significance of the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid
According to popular myth there was a man called Malik Ibn Deenar who apparently introduced Islam to Kerala and throughout the country. In addition, to propagating the religion Islam, Deenar also build a number mosques in Kerala which includes this mosque i.e. Thazhathangady Juma Masjid.