Jami Mosque of Zinad Baksh in MangaloreMangalore, a city of religious prominence is home to the Jami Mosque of Zinad Baksh. Though most tourists flock to Mangalore’s scenic beaches, the city has its share of ancient architecture and landmarks which will be of interest to the curious traveler. Jami Mosque is one such landmark.
Jami Mosque is located quite scenically on the banks of the Gurupura River, one of the two rivers that flow through Mangalore. The rivers form backwaters further downstream hence the location of the mosque as such makes it a great place to wander even after one is done sightseeing.
Apart from religious purposes the mosque’s unique architecture and history of the mosque would also be of some interest to curious tourists. The mosque was built by Arab missionaries in the 7th century for the local “Mapillas” (Muslim traders) and renovated by Tipu Sultan in the 18th Century.
Architecture of Jami MosqueThe dome shaped top of Jami mosque is reminiscent of an Islamic style of architecture not so common in India anymore. Diverse regional styles along with a blend of local architecture is quite prominent in the structure of the mosque which is most evident in the wood carvings around the mosque and its stepped up pulpit. Both of these structures were added during the renovation carried out by Tipu Sultan. “Jamath Khana” a structure added a hundred years ago is a must see as well.
A large number of devotees throng this place during the annual celebrations of the mosque which corresponds with Id-ul -Fitr making it the best time to visit for travelers on a spiritual journey. The prayers and routines followed in Jami Mosque of Zinad Baksh, reflects the everyday virtues of the practiced belief of Islam with a message to spread love, peace and creedless brotherhood. Travelers curious about the historical and architectural significance of the mosque should ideally visit any time between September and February
- Monday to Friday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
- Saturday-Sunday: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
How to Get ThereThe mosque itself is located in a small town in a small town called Kulur in the Bunder town outside of Mangalore. The best way to reach the mosque from Mangalore would be to hail a rickshaw or a pre-paid cab to Kulur and from here finding the mosque will be easy. The starting fare for the autos is Rs. 25 and the cabs will charge a slightly steeper rate. Prepaid cabs are available from the airport to the city: they generally charge a flat rate of Rs. 350-400. You can also avail the services of Cell Cabs for a few hours or even book them for the day.
Other options include taking a bus to Kulur from the KSRTC bus stand in Bejai, located in the north part of Mangalore. The state buses from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh also converge at this bus stand. The time required for sightseeing would be 30 minutes and the best time of the day to visit would be around morning post breakfast which one could eat at nearby hotels such as Hotel Dhanush. There is no entry ticket for tourists. Do remember to carry a bottle of water as the sweltering heat could impact your experience. Most importantly, do not forget your camera!