MAHOTSAVAM IN BEEMAPALLI
holy shrine of Beema Beevi, more popularly
known as Beempalli, which is held sacred by
Muslims as well as others, is situated about
five kilometres southwest of the Trivandrum
Central Railway Station, on the beach road
leading to Poonthura via Valiyathura. Beemapalli
is a shrine dedicated to the hallowed memory
of Beema Beevi, a pious and devoted Muslim
lady gifted with divine powers. It is one
of the most distinguished mosques in Kerala,
which draws large gatherings. Pilgrims of
all ages from all communities can be seen
heading towards the shrine all along the routes
during this festival.
AT CHERAMAN JUMA MASJID, KODUNGALLOOR
is the first Juma Masjid in India and is situated
in the Methala Village of Kodungalloor taluk,
hardly 20 kilometre from Irinjalakuda railway
station. According to the legend, Cheraman
Perumal went on a pilgrimage to Arabia where
he met Prophet Mohammed at Jeddah and embraced
Islam and accepted the name Thajuddin.
JARAM NERCHA FESTIVAL
the village of veliancode there is a Jaram
(tomb) where the body of a great Tangal (priest)
who had exceptionally divine qualities, lies
buried. The 'Nercha Festival' is celebrated
in memory of his death.
ago, one of the female dependants of Para
Nambisan, a petty chieftain of Malappuram,
was taken away by the local Muslims as a slave.
Para Nambisan who could not bear this ignominy
wanted to wreak vengeance upon the culprits.
He therefore, sent for Marakkar, a leader
of the local Muslims and the concausing death
for so many on both sides. In memory of the
devoted Muslim leaders who gave up their lives
during the fight, a nercha is conducted every
year, either in February or in March in the
Mosque at Malappuram.