Cheraman Juma Masjid

The Cheraman Juma Masjid is the first mosque in India and probably one of the oldest shrines in the world, burns an oil lamp which is believed to be more than a 1,000 years old. 

The masjid is believed to be established in 629 AD. An inscription in Arabi-Malayalam language on the gate of the masjid gives the date as 5 Hijri.

Legend has it that the king of Kodungallur, Cheraman Perumal accepted Islam and traveled to Madina to meet the Prophet Mohammad (salallahu alaihi wasallam). He died on his way back and is now buried in Salalah, Oman. Before dying, he instructed his travel companions to spread the message of Islam in his homeland.