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Kanjiramattom Mosque, located at a distance of 30 km from Kochi, is situated in Ernakulam district, Kerala.The Kanjiramattom mosque is believed to have been built as a memorial to a muslim saint, Sheikh Fariduddin. The festival of Kodikuthu is held from January 13 to 14 every year. During the Chandanakkudam ritual held at night, pilgrims carrying pots covered with sandalwood paste proceed in a procession to the mosque. Caparisoned elephants and folk performances accompany the procession. Traditional Muslim folk art forms including songs and dances like Duffmuttu, oppana, mappila pattu and Kolkali are also staged during the festival.Thousands of devotees throng the mosque premises during the festival.

The Kanjiramattom Kodikuthu at Ernakulam is one of the important religious festivals of Kerala.It is also one of the most colourful muslim festivals in Kerala. People dress in their best clothes and offer their prayers in the Kanjiramattom mosque during this festival. This religious centre is also noted for its witness to Baver’s journey to nirvana. The building is a storehouse of heritage architecture. One can bolster one’s knowledge of history with a visit to this mosque.

The mosque comes alive in all its resplendent glory during the Kodikuthu festivities.The enrapturing annual celebrations are held on the thirteenth day and fourteenth day of the month of the January. The night sky is lit up in magnificent revelry during the Kodikuthu festivities. The jubilation here assumes the proportions of a carnival at this time.

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