Kazimar Big Mosque

The Kazimar Big Mosque, also known as KazimarPeriyaPallivasal or KazimarPeriyaPalli, is one of the oldest and most significant mosques in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. Its history is deeply intertwined with the cultural and religious fabric of the region.


The mosque has a rich history dating back several centuries. It is believed to have been established by descendants of Prophet Muhammad, who migrated to India. It was built by Kazi Syed Tajuddin in 1284 AD. The descendant of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, Kazi, brought the land from Maravarman Kulasekara Pandyan I to construct the mosque. After Kazi, the mosque has been managed by his successors to date. The Kazimar family, who are believed to be direct descendants of the Prophet, played a significant role in the establishment and maintenance of the mosque over the generations. The exact date of its founding is uncertain, but it is known to have existed for several hundred years.


The architecture of the Kazimar Big Mosque is a blend of Islamic and Dravidian styles, reflecting the cultural synthesis that has characterized the region for centuries. The mosque features a large prayer hall with intricately carved pillars and arches. The minaret, domes, and courtyard add to its grandeur. The mosque underwent renovations and expansions over the years but has retained its historical character.

Every year, the mosque celebrates its Founders Day (the Urus anniversary of Kazi Syed Tajuddin) with great pomp and fervour on the 15th of Rajab (the seventh month of the Islamic calendar).

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Kazimar Big Mosque