(Last Updated on : 04/04/2015)
Goripalayam Mosque is a large mosque located in Goripalayam in the city of Madurai
in Tamil Nadu
. Goripalayam Dargah was built in 13th century and is the largest mosque in Madurai. The mosque spread over a huge area is adorned with two tombs of Sultans of Yemen of the Madurai Sultanate. There is also one invisible grave of Hazrat Khwaja Syed Sultan Habibuddin Razi who is also known as Ghaibi Sultan who came to India to spread Islam. The mosque is famous for its stone pillars which are built in the Hindu architectural style
. It is believed that the mosque has been built by the Tirumalai Nayaka
intended for the Muslims. People from all over Tamil Nadu come here to seek blessings and go back fruitfully.
Etymology of Goripalayam Mosque
The word Goripalayam has been derived from the Persian word "gor" meaning graves. The mosque has been named so as it houses the graves of Hazrat Sultan Shamsuddin Badhusha and Hazrat Sultan Alauddin Badusha, the two well known Islam monarchs and saints of Madurai. The 2 brothers upon returning from Oman began ruling the northern side of Madurai in the 13th century. They together helped in spreading Islam
in Madurai. The Hazrat Qazi Syed Tajuddin Radiyallah located on the Kazimar Street served as the government Qazi for them.
Architecture of Goripalayam Mosque
The dome that embellishes the mosque is almost 20 feet in height and 70 feet in diameter. It has been constructed of a single block of stone that had been imported from the Azhaga Hills. The exterior part of the campus of the Maqbara depicts inscriptions of ancient Tamil. These inscriptions confirm the presence of Dargah since 13th century. The magnificent Goripalayam Dargah is visible from the A.V. Bridge. It has been erected towards the northern side of the banks of Vaigai River
. Devotees from far off places visit the mosque to receive blessings. The Goripalayam Mosque celebrates the Urus festival of this Dargah during the Islamic month of Rabi-Al-Awwal on the 15th night. It is organised during every Hijri year.
How to Reach
Madurai has its very own airport which is 12 km from the city. The closest international airport is Chennai
s which is connected to almost all cities of India.