Jama Masjid, Salem built by Tipu Sultan of Mysore

Jama Masjid, Salem, Tamil Nadu.. salemonline.in

Jama Masjid is commonly referred to as the main mosque where the faithfuls gather for Eid  and Friday prayers. The tradition has been that it  is commonly served as the  congregational mosque or Friday mosque in many places and countries. Centuries ago, the Muslim rulers or rich people built artistically  embellished Jama Masjid for prayers, depending on their wealth and capacity to make solid contribution. The Jama Masjid in Salem city, Tamil Nadu, is 

Tipu Sultan of Mysore. mage.slidesharecdn.com
not a highly embellished and artistically built mosque as one finds in northern states. Nor is it grand in style and look.  But, one can not deny its elegance in  simplicity, devoid of pomp and show. It is an imposing structure that stands on an elevated ground. 

Jama Masjid, Salem, Tamil Nadu. SalemOnline.in
Jama Masjid, the oldest mosque of Salem and on the southern banks of River Thirumanimuthu, is a historical place of worship and is being attended by people of all faiths. It is said to have been built by the ruler of Mysore, Tipu Sultan ( 20 November 1750 - 4 May, 1799), who  happened to be the sworn enemy of the wheeling dealing enterprise - the East India Company (EIC) run the unscrupulous and  corrupt British. Tipu  used to come here and offered  prayers (namaz)in this Masjid.  This mosque was also given Masjid Inam by the British Government in the year 1862. 

On Fridays, this  Masjid is packed to  capacity by devout worshippers who come here from far and wide. The attractive features of this place of worship that draw our attention are the large prayer hall well supported by tall granite pillars, skillfully done intricate jali work and beautiful floral ornamentation. In the front part of the building, the attractive  twin minarets stretch
out towards the spherical domes above the balconies. During festival days, this place comes alive with lots of visitors. Eid is a major festival celebrated here. Yet  another religious attraction is
Ramzan (Ramadan) and  the mosque arranges for iftar dinners after sunset.