Sunday, December 15, 2019

Kechchimalai Mosque, Beruwala

Ketchimalai Mosque, Beruwala
Kechchimalai Mosque is a popular Islamic place of worship situated in Beruwala, Kalutara District, Sri Lanka.

Folklore
Locals believe that the history of Beruwala Kechchimalai mosque is running back to the 12th century. According to them, a group of elite Muslims including a saint named Sultan Sheik Ashraff who came with his five brothers and a sister landed at Kechchimalai and took residence there. After the death of the saint, his body was buried at Kechchimalai where the present mosque stands. A grave which is said to be the tomb of Saint Sultan Sheik Ashraff Velliullah is still visible at the site.

A protected site
The Kechchimalei Mosque building belonging to Paranakade Village situated in Grama Niladhari Division No. 753, Paranakade in the Divisional Secretary’s Division of Beruwala is an archaeological protected monument, declared by a government gazette notification published on 9 March 2016.  

Attribution

References
1) The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Extraordinary). No: 1957/18. 9 March 2016. p.4A.

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This page was last updated on 1 January 2020

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