Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara, Madurai - One of the Gems of Ancient India

 

Madurai tourism contributes an important part in the economy of Tamil Nadu by boasting its historical and rich cultural heritage. A legend behind the name, Madurai says lord Shiva’s matted hair released drops of nectar on the earth and they were so sweet that the place was earlier named as Madhurapuri and now known with the name of Madurai. The Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara, Madurai is one of the famous destinations, especially for the Muslims who come here to worship in the city of temples. Maqbara is the part of this mosque, where the graveyard of Hazrat Meer Ahamad Ibrahim exists. Every year it attracts a large number of Muslim pilgrims for worshipping this holy place. Muslims not only from India but also from other parts of the world come here to worship their respected prophets.

 

Madurai Maqbara
Madurai Maqbara | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

 

It is just half a kilometer away from the Periyar Bus Stand and hence, people find easy to reach this destination. The destination is mainly famous for its graveyard of respected heads, who were actually believed to be the descendents and followers of Prophet Mohammad. The mosque has the capacity to accommodate 2500 devotees at a time. The mosque remains opened from 10 am to 5 pm on the weekdays and 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday. All types of accommodation facilities are available in the nearby places of the mosque to have night stays. The mosque was built in the late 13th century by Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin who arrived from Oman during that period. He was a descendent of Mohammad and was appointed as Kazi of the sultans after purchasing the land from King Kulashekara Pandyan. I was astonished to know these interesting chapters of ancient India and was astonished by the impressive history of our India.

Some of the major destinations are also located near Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara, Madurai, which is easily reachable by hiring taxis or local rickshaws. India has such deep rooted history. I was unaware of this fact. But today I believe that India has been the country with versatile qualities, which is known in diversified sectors. The chapter of history was converted into chapter of educational institute, which I was going to read ahead in our next destination, American College.

 

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