The first-ever mosque in India and the oldest in the subcontinent, Cheraman Juma Masjid, is ready to welcome the Ummah and the general public after regaining its past glory and grandeur through renovations.
Cheraman Juma Masjid has finally regained its classic beauty and humble style after going through a painstaking renovation process for nearly 30 months under the state-run Muziris Heritage Project (MHP).
According to PM Noushad, Director of MHP, Rs1.14 was spent renovating this mosque located in Kodungallur taluk in the central Kerala district.
A two-storey Islamic heritage museum is currently constructed in the mosque campus at around Rs 1 crore, along with an internal refurbishment. The MHP authority is now waiting for the date of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to reopen the oldest mosque for visitors.
The renovation focuses more on conserving the existing parts of the old structure and re-creating the past appearance as depicted in old photographs, said Noushad.
In addition to the conservation efforts being carried out by MHP, a multi-core construction project is also underway at the mosque under the aegis of the mosque management.
MHP was entrusted with managing the heritage by the state government with the signing of the MoU with the mosque committee to start the renovation and conservation process.
MHP is now just waiting for the node to include the Cheraman Juma Masjid in the National Mission of Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Improvement (PRASAD) of the United Tourism Ministry.
A proposal with a planned cost of Rs 10 crore has been submitted to the central authority. The official added that if it is included in the PRASAD scheme, the construction of a facility centre and rejuvenation of the pond on the mosque campus will become a reality.
In the Muziris civilization, the Cheraman Juma Masjid has an essential place as the largest trading centre of the ancient world in the East by trading various goods ranging from spices to precious stones.