Cheraman Juma Masjid
The Cheraman Juma Masjid is India’s first-ever mosque and the oldest in the Indian sub-continent. It was built in 629 AD in Kerala by Malik Ibn Dinar – a Persian scholar who travelled to India. It was built five years after the death of Cheraman Perumal, who went to Arabia, met the Prophet and embraced Islam in the early 7th century.
The heritage structure was restored recently under Kerala’s Muziris Heritage Project (MHP) with a Rs.1.14 crore budget. Apart from the renovation and conservation initiative, the government has also built an Islamic Heritage Museum in the mosque campus at the cost of Rs.1 crore.