Kudroli Mosque in MangaloreMangalore is packed with a huge number of tourist spots. The Kudroli Mosque is the most important amongst them. Located in one of the most posh areas of Mangalore, Kudroli, this Mosque is a must visit when you are in Mangalore. Of course there are many beaches in the city which are pleasing to the eyes, but this pious mosque should definitely be on your itinerary. The peace it provides to your over – stressed mind is inexplicable.
This mosque is not only a religious centre but is a top – notch education centre. The quality and atmosphere of learning provided by this mosque is one of the greatest in the entire country. I think it is much better than many primary schools in the country. The senior authorities of the mosque, sheer philanthropists, are involved in a lot of social work. They teach students and are able to raise a lot of fund which they then donate to various charities.
It was learned by some reports that the mosque adopted some communities. They took special care of women and children, increasing their basic nutrition level. A special task force was assigned which brain stormed and decided a viable source of livelihood for these poor people. The emphasis was given to break the perpetual state of poverty.
The history of Kudroli mosque is quite rich. Initially there were two mosques in its place, called the ‘Jode Mosque’. Basically it was a twin set of mosques. The two mosques were handled by two different sects. The two different groups were Momin Juma Masjid and Jamathul Muslimeen. Due to religious differences between these two groups, they fought and it led to the demolition of the two mosques. This site was then reconstructed and what we see today, Kudroli Mosque, is an output of that reconstruction. It is believed that it was the Jamaths who demanded for the demolition.
This mosque is better known as the Jamia Masjid. A very old mosque, it is since the time of Tipu Sultan. Since then it has undergone many round of renovation. The recent round was in 2007 when more intricate art of work was added to the mosque. Uniting the two mosques and making them into one was a very good decision by the authorities. They supported this by correctly saying that we should stop dividing ourselves on the name of religion. Now this one mosque building is aiming to curb the differences and promote a harmonious environment between the two sects.
The mosque is opened Monday to Friday from 7 in the morning to 7 in the evening. It is shut on all public holidays.
How to reach Kudroli MosqueVia Airport: The Mangalore International Airport is quite near to this mosque. You can board a cab from the airport and reach the mosque easily.
Via Train: The Mangalore Central Railway Station is in close proximity to the mosque.
Via Road: You can take a cab or a taxi or an auto to reach the mosque.