Historical places and places having rich cultural effects on the society have always attracted me. I always had a keen interest in discovering as many places as I could. As this time I was at Madurai and that too with my daughter, I decided to make use of each and every day there. Like me, Sanvi also keeps interest in discovering cultural places. The third day of my stay in Madurai turned out to be placid. Early morning we woke up and decided to make a visit to the Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara here. Madurai is not only famous for temples; it also hosts several mosques and masjhids.
The Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara was built in the 13th century which is no doubt, one of the oldest and most important visiting places of the city. It is said that when Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin visited Madurai in the 13th century, he received a piece of land from the ruler of that time. He made use of the land and built a mosque there which further became an institution.
The name of a Maqbara is also attached with the mosque as there is a resting place as well where different descendants of Prophet Muhammad are rested. The mosque has a rich history and it
continues its operations till now. Kazi is the head of the mosque who is appointed by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
The Kazimar Big Mosque and Maqbara is one the famous tourist destinations of the city. Being one of the finest places for Muslim worship, it accumulates large numbers of worshippers every day. Muslims consider the mosque to be a very holy and pious place for their religion. Other than those, there are several other visitors seen in the mosque as well.
Being the resting place of the direct descendants of Prophet Mohammad the mosque gathers a large turnout all through the year. As the mosque is located quite close to the bus stand, it was not a difficult task for us to travel there. The time spent in the mosque was also very nice. We enjoyed shopping in the local markets as well.