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Visit Thousand Lights Mosque

The Thousand Lights Mosque spread over an area of three acres is one of the largest mosques in India and is situated on Anna Salai Road. Built by Nawab Umdat-ul-Umra in 1810, the mosque bears a story behind its name.

The Thousand Lights Mosque spread over an area of three acres is one of the largest mosques in India and is situated on Anna Salai Road. Built by Nawab Umdat-ul-Umra in 1810, the mosque bears a story behind its name. It is said that 1000 lights needed to be lit in order to illuminate the assembly hall and hence it was named Thousand Lights Mosque. It is also believed that the lights were lit by the Indian National Congress to mark their first visit to Madras.

The mosque has been built in medieval architectural style and has multiple domes and spearing minarets which are approximately 64 metres tall. Another mosque with two tall minarets and five inward curving domes which depict the western Asian influence was added in 1981. The main hall situated at the ground floor is used to offer prayers by men. Women offer their prayers in a separate room. There are two rooms on the second floor called as Bargah and are used to represent sanctuary.

The Thousand Lights Mosque is a pilgrimage site for the Shiite Muslims and it is situated at a place which used to be the standing place for them during the month of Muharram. It witnesses a large crowd during the annual muharram festival. The mosque is also home of Chief Shia Ghazi Moulana Ghulam Mahadi Khan of Tamil Nadu. The Thousand Lights Mosque also has a Shia burial ground is inside.

Visiting Timing: 0530 HRS to 2030 HRS

Visiting Charges: None

Timing

05:30 AM to 8:30 PM

PREFFERED BY

History Buffs ,Adventure Seekers, Photo Fanatics

TIME SPENT

1 to 2 hours

ENTRY FEE

No Entry Fee

Quick Info

  • Attractions

    None
  • Altitude

    6m (20ft)
  • STD Code

    044
  • Best Season

    November to February
  • State/Code

    Chennai/600xxx (vary)
  • LANGUAGES

    Tamil, Hindi and English