Kanjiramattom Mosque

Posted Date: 17 Mar 2010      Author: Latha Jayaprakash    Member Level: Gold (Rs 50)

Sheikh Fariddudin Mosque is located at Kanjiramattom, a village lying about 27 km southeast to the city of Kochi

The Mosque at Kanjiramattom is built as a memorial to Sheikh Fariduddin.

The annual festival, Kodikuthu also known as Chandanakkudam, is very famous in this Mosque. This Kodikuthu festival is celebrated every year on January 13th to 14th. Chandanakudam (pots covered with sandal paste) ritual takes place at the Kanjiramattom mosque. On the night of the ritual pilgrims carry pots covered with sandal paste and proceed to the mosque in a procession.

Six caparisoned and ornamented elephants and folk performers accompany the procession and add colour to the event. You can see Duffmuttu and Kolkali, the muslim art forms, also during the festival. There will also performances of song and Dance at this time.

This famous Kodikuthu festival takes place at about 25 kilometers from the city of Kochi. and draws devotees from all over the world. There is no caste or creed for participating in this festival and it is not considered to be a pure muslim festival. You can see a communal harmony in this and Hindus also throng to the mosque. There is a melepalli, here at the Mosque, with a stone like edifice for Vavar swami, the famous friend of Lord Ayyappa of Sabarimala.

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