Top 10 Famous Mosques – Dargahs in Tamil Nadu

Top 10 Famous Mosques – Dargahs in Tamil Nadu

A Masjid or mosque is a place of worship for people who believe and follow Islam. Dargah is often associated with a Mosque to offer prayer. Most of the  Dargahs are Sufi Islamic shrine or a grave of a Sufi saint. People visit here as a form of pilgrimage as ziyarat.

You can see people meet here to sing and play musical instruments. Some famous Mosques and Dargahs in Tamil Nadu like Erwadi dargah offers treatment options for mental issues. Here is the list of Top 10 Famous Mosques – Dargahs in Tamil Nadu.



1. Nagore Dargah

Nagore Dargah is a well known mosque which is also called the Hazrat Syed Shahul Hameed Dargah. This is built over the tomb of the Sufi saint Nagore Shahul Hamid. The mosque is located in Nagore of Tamil Nadu. You can visit between 4:30 am to 07:00 am and 6:25 pm to 9:30 pm to offer prayers. On Fridays the time is from 12 noon to 2:30 pm. The great Shahul Hamid is believed to done miracles in Nagore including cure for king Achutappa Nayak of Thanjavur.

You can see five minarets in the dargah. This mosque is a major pilgrimage center for both Islam and Hindu people. The Kanduri festival is a famous celebration here, which is a fourteen-day commemoration of the death anniversary of Shahul Hamid. There is a Shifa Gunta, which is a holy pool within the precincts of the dargah. Current dministration and maintenance of the dargah is governed by a committee as per Madras High Court.



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Masjid Mamoor

2. Masjid Mamoor

Masji-e-Mamoor is a well known Mosque which is believed to be first built in the 18th century. The mosque again rebuilt in granite by the great Nawab of Carnatic in the late 19th century. 

The chronogram in the Mosque was composed by Nuruddin Khan Muhammed Bahdur. This is a very old mosque which is located in Angappa street, Chennai. This is also known as the Big mosque and one of the sacred mosques to Muslims. This mosque is surrounded by numerous commercial establishments. 



170/165, Angappan Street

Mannady, George Town

Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

Erwadi Dargah


3. Erwadi Dargah

The Erwadi dargah is a well known and holy Islamic place. This is a sacred tomb turned shrine of Qutbus Sultan Syed Ibrahim Badusha. This is located at the Erwadi village in Ramanathapuram district. The main dargah is dedicated to Seyyad Ali. One can see other three dargahs which includes Shahid’s mother Fathima, wife Fathima and son Abu Thahir.

Maharaja of Ramanathapuram offered place for this dargha. The dargah is well known for healing mentally deranged people and cure offered to the sick people with only holy water from the dargha.


Ramanathapuram district, Ervadi Durgah

Ramanathapuram Rd, Ervadi, Tamil Nadu – 623566

Triplicane Big Mosque


4. Triplicane Big Mosque

The Triplicane Big Mosque is a well known one which is located in Tamil Nadu. There are 2 gold plated Domes and the tallest Minaret height is 131 ft. This is also called Wallajah Mosque which is constructed in the Mughal architectural style. This is believed to be built in 1795 by the Muhammad Ali Khan Wallajah.

You can see a large prayer hall, a tank and a large ground. They have used granite everywhere without the use of iron or wood. A chronogram written in Persian can be see on the entrance to the prayer hall. It is administered by Prince of Arcot Endowments Trust. 


Triplicane High Rd, SVM Nagar

Ellis Puram, Padupakkam

Triplicane, Chennai

Tamil Nadu – 600005

Sungam Mosque

5. Sungam Mosque

Sungam Mosque or Sungam Pallivasal is a famous mosque located at Madurai city, Tamil Nadu, India. This is founded by Muslim Jamath People and considered as one of the oldest mosque in Madurai. The mosque in very beautiful and built by Mughal architecture style.

Tariffs were used to collect from people coming to Madurai in the Toll Booth near Nelpettai in Pandiya’s period. Muslims built a mosque near this Toll Booth and thus this mosque got the name Sungam Mosque (Sungam means Toll).
Kochi – Madurai – Dhanushkodi Rd
Madurai Main, Madurai
Tamil Nadu – 625001

kazimar big mosque and Maqbara

6. kazimar big mosque and Maqbara

The mosque is believed to built in 13th Century. This is one of the oldest and most important mosque in Madurai city. Hazrat Kazi Syed Tajuddin from Oman reached here in the 13th Century and established this mosque.

This mosque houses the Maqbara (or resting place) of the Madurai Hazrats. They are Hazrat Meer Ahamad Ibrahim, Hazrat Meer Amjad Ibrahim and Hazrat Syed Abdus Salaam Ibrahim Rahmatullahi Alaihim. They believed to be lived in the Kazimar district of Madurai for the past 700 years.


Kazimar St, Periyar

Madurai Main, Madurai

Tamil Nadu – 625001

Hazrat Nathervali Dargah 

7. Hazrat Nathervali Dargah

This is a highly popular mosque which is Dedicated to Sufi saint Nathervali. This is a major pilgrimage center for Muslims. Nathervali is said to be the first Sufi saint to visit here. He stayed for some time at Rockfort during the Chola king period.
He threw his amulet from the Rockfort as per kings permission to select a place for his rest and it landed where the dargah situates today. You can see a beautiful 70 foot dome which was built by Muslim King Chandha Sahib. There are minarets in special sea green colour. The Urs festival which is held in August is the important celebration. 
Near Rockfort Temple,



Tamil Nadu.

Goripalayam Dargah 

8. Goripalayam Dargah

This is one of the famous and largest mosques in the city. You can see this as an architectural wonder. There is a beautiful dome which is made from a single rock from Alagar Hill. It is believed to be built during the reign of Thirumalai Nayak.
In Persian “gor” means grave and as the name suggests there are graves of the two reverred saints of Islam, Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha and azrat Sulthan Shamsuddin Badhusha. Thirumalai Nayak has made many refreshments with this mosque and brought it to its current glory.
Gorippalayam Dargah
Madurai, TN

Palaiya Jumma Palli

9. Palaiya Jumma Palli

Palaiya Jumma Palli is well known as The Old Jumma Masjid of Kilakarai. This is also known as Meen Kadai Palli located at Kilakarai, Tamil Nadu, India. This is believed to be built in 628-630 AD. This is one of the oldest mosques in the world along with the Cheraman Juma Masjid in Kodungallur, Kerala.
The mosque built in 628–630 AD and re-constructed in 1036. This is believed to be made by Yemeni merchants and trade settlers during the Pandiya kingdom period. The mosque visited by famous people like Bazan Ibn Sasan, Tamim Ibn zayd al ansari, Ibnu Batutah, Nagoor Abdul Cadir, Ervadi Ibrahim Sahib, Sultan of Ottoman Murad. Ibnu Batutah mentioned about this mosque in his travel notes. 
Tamil Nadu, India

Makkah Masjid, Chennai

10. Makkah Masjid, Chennai

Makkah Masjid is one of the largest mosque in the city of Chennai, India. The dargah of Syed Musa Sha Khaderi is near to this. This five-storeyed mosque is one of the largest in India.”Moulana Mansoor Kashifi Qasimi” is the Chief Imam of the masjid since 18-Nov-2016. The masjid Imam conducts Special Tarawee Namaz” during Ramzan. There will be special Islamic Speeches (Bayans).

There is more and enough space for Muslim women to offer prayers and to listen Bayans. The imam has Alim degree from “Madarasa Kasiful Huda” Chennai and Shariath Expertise(Qasimi) from world-famous “Darul Uloom” Deoband Islamic Madarasa. The “Tamilan TV” telecast  Friday Jumma Islamic Speeches (Bayans) on every Friday night at 10PM. There is also a Family Counseling Center”. 


28/7, 2nd Main Rd

AKR Nagar, Valasaravakkam

Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600095

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Famous Mosques – Dargahs in Tamil Nadu”

  1. Can anyone tell me is there any Neem tree near the Dargah mentioned above.
    Please if anyone know leave a comment..


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