Mishkal Mosque


This four-storied structure is built extensively of wood barring the outer Italian tile paving, the laterite superstructure and the Malabar tiles on the roof. The entire structure is supported on 24 solid pillars of carved wood and there are 47 doors, which are opened to receive devotees, 300 of whom can pray on the ground floor alone. A strong influence of Kerala’s temple architecture is visible in the intricate carvings on the ceilings and doors, the gopuram style entrance arches and the abundant use of timber and an absence of copulas and minarets. A unique feature of the mosques here is the square or rectangular tanks attached to them, similar to those in temples.