Kalvathy Juma Masjid

Kalvathy Juma Masjid is one of the oldest mosques in Kochi, Kerala. It was built in 1384 CE for the Arab traders who visited Cochin. The mosque has a typical Kerala-style architecture, with a carved wooden plank in front of it that has Arabic inscriptions from the Quran and Hadith. The mosque also has a shrine dedicated to Fariduddin Auliya, a Sufi saint who died about 90 years ago.

The mosque’s wooden ceiling and absence of minarets are characteristic of the local architectural style. The name “Calvathy” derives from the Arabic word for “open space”. The Arabs were accustomed to praying in open areas. The Calvathy Juma Masjid is also notable for its burial ground, where the mausoleums of two distinguished personalities are located. One is Syed Sanaullah Makti Thangal, an Islamist reformer and a pioneer of Muslim education in Kerala. The other is Fareed Auliya, a renowned preacher of the Quran. Notably, the Calvathy mosque is also known as the Fareed Auliya Dargah, and special prayers are offered to him on Thursdays and Sundays.


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