Masjid Zeenath Baksh located in the Bunder area in Mangaluru and this mosque portrays the life stories of Prophet Mohamed. Believed to be established by Arab Muslim traders during 644 AD, this mosque surpasses all others mosques due to its pure Indian architecture style. It is probably the only mosque in Karnataka made entirely of wood. The main highlight of the mosque is the wooden inner sanctum consisting of 16 pillars made of teak.
Highlights of Masjid Zeenath Baksh:
- Life Stories of Prophet Mohamed are portrayed inside the mosque.
- Wooden inner sanctum with 16 teakwood pillars, decorated with various artistic symbols, flowers, bells and design patterns.
- Influence of Tipu Sultan: Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan renovated the mosque in the 17th century and named it after his own daughter, Zeenath Baksh.
- Rosewood carved designs: Masjid Zeenath Baksh features impressive walls, doors and floors decorated with rosewood and teakwood designs.
How to reach: Masjid Zeenath Bąksh 344 kms from Bengaluru and 14 kms from Mangaluru. Managaluru is the nearest airport and railway station. Auto or taxi can be hired from Mangaluru to reach Masjid Zeenath Bąksh located in Bunder area.
Stay: Mangaluru city has budget, mid range and luxury hotels.