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Jama Masjid in Salem

The terms ‘Jama Masjid’ has a deep meaning and that are a mosque of assembly or a place where people gather together to pray to God. Friday is considered the primary day of devotion in Islam and the word Jama Masjid has a strong connection with Friday. Therefore, sometimes, the Jama Masjid is preferred as Friday Mosques. Muslims do a weekly prayer in the noon of Friday which is also called Jumuah. Jama Masjid is also pronunced as:
  • Jamia Masjid,
  • Jomeh Mosque,
  • Jameh Mosque,
  • Jumeh Masjed,
  • Jame Mosque,
  • Jami Masjid etc

Jameh Masjed is the Persian term where Jameh means gathering and it is opposed to as Jomah meaning Friday.

Jama Masjid, Salem
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About Jama Masjid in Salem

Jama Masjid has it name among the top 20 tourist places in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Jama Masjid is considered as one of the oldest mosque in Salem. It was built around three hundred years ago. It is located in the southern edge of the river Thirumanimuthu. This mosque has many untold stories. It was the desire of great ruler Tipu Sultan who took the first brick of this mosque. Being one of the oldest mosque it is a must visit for the history lovers and architecture lovers.

History of Salem Jama Masjid

It is said that this ancient mosque was established by Tipu Sultan. He was the Mysore ruler and it is said that he used to do his prayers in this mosque. He was regarded as the tiger of Mysore and was a poet, scholar and a great soldier. He was a Muslim but he had an open and broad minded approach towards all religions. In his kingdom, the majority of peoples were Hindus and some of them were Christians also. He also made church in Mysore on the request of French.

Architecture of Jama Masjid, Salem

In 1862, Jama Masjid was conferred with Masjid Inam by British Government. The mosque contains one of the great 108 shivlingas reserved in Salem. This historical object is a sign of cultural and architectural heritage. Anyone belonging from any region and any country is permitted to visit this place.

Best Time to Visit Jama Masjid in Salem

This picturesque mosque is a real treat to the history buffs as it has a rich historical background. You can visit this great monument in Salem during the month of February and March. The months like October, November and December are also preferably good for visiting the Jama Masjid.

How to Reach Jama Masjid, Salem

Jama Masjid is situated around 20 km away from Salem. People who reach Salem could easily go to Jama Masjid through rail, road and air.

By Road: Salem is connected to various other states like Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala thorough the state bus services. There are private bus services available too. A/C Volvo buses ply between Salem and other important cities of south India. Salem has two bus stands. There is MGR Central Bus Terminus or New Bus Stand from where intra- as well as inter-state bus services are available. Another one is the Town Bus Stand or Old Bus Stand where local bus services are available. 24 hours bus services are available from these bus stands.

By Train: Salem Station is the junction railway station and it has got trains connecting Salem city to other important parts of the country. Salem is the southern Railway’s divisional headquarters and is well connected to Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore in South India and other cities of India.

By Air: Salem has a domestic airport and regular flights are there from here to Chennai. Chennai has both domestic and international airports so it is easy to come here from different parts of the country as well as from various parts of the world. The Salem airport is at Kamalapuram near Omalur.

Wall of the Jama Masjid, Salem

Hotels Near Jama Masjid, Salem

Some of the quality hotels nearby the Jama Masjid those offer unmatched services are listed below:

Cenneys Gateway Hotel

97/4, Saradha College Main Road
Five Roads,
Salem - 636004
Phone No.: 0427 233 0566

Salem Castle Hotel

No. A/4,
Bharathi Street,
Salem - 636004
Phone No.: 0427 244 8702

Vasantham Hotel

LIC Colony,
Salem - 636004
Phone No.: 0427 233 1755

Devi Towerrs Hotel
Saradha College Main Road,
Near Five Road,
Salem - 636004
Phone No.: 0427 243 007

Shrie Shaanth Hotel

No. 217,
Manivannan Street,
Opposite New Bus Stand,
Salem - 636004
Phone No.: 0427 244 6665

City View Hotel

Opposite to New Bus Stand,
Omalur Main Road,
Salem - 636004
Phone No.: 0427 233 4232

Ganesh Mahaal Hotel

No. 323,
Omalur Main Road,
Near Bus Stand,
Salem - 636009
Phone No.: 0427 233 2821

Juhu Grand Service Apartments

No. 41/1,
Sriram Nagar,
Salem - 636016
Phone No.: 0427 455 4447

Leela Palace Hotel
No. 321-A,
LIC Colony Road,
Opposite New Bus Stand,
Salem - 636004
Phone No.: 0427 244 7707

Kirthika Palace Hotel

No. 381,
Five Road,
Near Gowri Cinema Hall,
Salem - 636004
Phone No.: 0427 244 5468

Hema International Hotel

No. 72-A,
Near Old Bus Stand,
Chittukoil Street,
Salem - 636001
Phone No.: 0427 226 7303

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