May 14, 2016

Wallajah Mosque - Chennai

Site Name: Wallajah Mosque
Site Type: Mosque
Location:   Triplicane area, Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: The most popular and the largest mosque in Chennai
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai
Nearest Airport: Chennai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Chennai
Hotel: A lot of options across Chennai
Restaurants:  A lot of options across Chennai 

Wallajah Mosque, which is also called as Big Mosque, is located in Triplicane (Tiruvallikkeni) area of Chennai city in Tamil Nadu state of India. It is one of the oldest mosques in Chennai city. It is the largest and most popular mosque of the city.

Located in Triplicane High Road, the mosque was constructed in 179t CE by the family of Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah, on his memory. He was the Nawab of Arcot. The largest mosque of the city was built of granite without using iron or wood. Two minarets on top of the mosque follow the Mughal architectural style. The mosque complex has a prayer hall, well maintained tank and a large open space in front of the mosque. 

The steps that are leading to the mosque have almost equivalent with that of the mosque.

The complex also has the Durgah of Hazrat Malikum Ulma Bahrul Uloom. He was a Muslim saint and scholar who lived around 300 years ago. Along with his tomb, the tombs of Wallajah's family members are also found here. A well known politician, Mohammad Ismail, who was fondly called as Quaid-e-Millat, was also buried here. 

On the true right side of the open space, there is an elegant white building, which could not be missed out. It served as the Ottoman Empire's Consulate in the 19th century CE. 

Happy travelling.

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