Mosques in Chennai
There are quite a few dargahs in Chennai. Dargahs are essentially Sufi Islamic shrines constructed over the grave of a revered Sufi saint. The term “Dargah” is derived from a Persian word and means “threshold” or “portal”.
Important Mosques in Chennai:
Some eminent Mosques in Chennai are:
- Bahram Jung Mosque - Situated near Nandanam, in Chennai, the Bahram Jung Mosque was built by the poet Mohammed Abdullah Qadir Nawaz Khan Bahadur Bahram Jung between 1789 and 1795. He was in the court of the Nawab of the Carnatic, Muhammed Ali Khan Wallajah.
- Casa Verona’s Mosque - Situated in Muthialpet of Georgetown, Chennai, Casa Verona’s mosque is one of the oldest in the city. It was built by Casa Verona, or Kasi Viranna who was originally a Hindu merchant of Madras trading with the Sultanate of Golconda. He was also a “dubash” of East India Company. The mosque was built before his death in 1860 in the land which belonged to him.
- Thousand Lights Mosque - This multi domed, cream-coloured, mosque
situated in Anna Salai is an architectural splendor.
It was constructed by Nawab Umdat-ul-Umrah and is considered as one of the largest mosques in India. Common to all Muslims, the mosque was built in 1810.
The walls of the Thousand Lights mosque paint recitations from the Holy Koran. Situated in Sydenhams Road, the mosque has got its name from the old practice of lighting this triangular wedge of one of the hallowed Muslim buildings.
There is a Shia burial ground within the mosque which is also the residence of Chief Shia Moulana Ghulm Mahadi Khan, Tamil Nadu.
- Makkah Masjid - This five storied mosque which can house about 5000 worshippers at a time is located in Mount Road, in the heart of Chennai city. It is positioned behind Baha Hasarth Syed Moosa Hadari Dargah in Anna Salai. The Makaah Masjid is one of the few mosques which allow Muslim women to offer prayers here and participate in the special bions. While the Chief Imam offers special bions every year, the masjid Imam who is another Hafiz Imam leads the special “Tarawee Namaz” during the time of Ramzan. The “Shariath council” of the Mosque helps to resolve disputes of Muslim families.
- Masjid Mamoor - Constructed in the 18th century by the Arcot Nawab Muhammed Ali Walaajah, the Masjid Mamoor is sacred to Muslims who live in the Mannady area within Chennai. It has the same design as “Triplicane big mosque” as they were built together by the Nawab.
The Nawab of Arcot’s family reconstructed the mosque in granite in the latter half of the 19th century. The Masjid Mamoor is situated within the central business district of Chennai and hence has lost a part of its majestic feel surrounded by commercial establishments. It is situated in Angappa Street and covers a large area stretching till Linghi Street.
Famous Dargahs in Chennai:
Some of the famous Dargahs in Chennai are:
- Anna Salai Dargah - A Muslim saint named Baba Hazrath Syed Moosa Kadiri lived here 450 years back. He preached the philosophy of universal brotherhood. His final resting place is at the Annai Salai dargah and is visited by people from all religions.
- Hazrat Baba Dargah - This dargah takes after the Muslim saint Hazrath Dastageer Sahib Baba who lived 300 years earlier. It is situated in 83, Dr. Natesan Road, Chennai. The story goes that he had foreseen his own death and told his followers not to conduct his Janaza or funeral prayers under any other Imam. Perplexed disciples were thrown into delight when the Baba appeared himself to conduct his own Janaza following which he disappeared.
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