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Images from Kerala, India

mishkal_mosque_kozhikode_01 * Mishkal Mosque at Kuttichira, Kozhikode, built by Nakhuda Mishkal in the 14th century. Nakhuda Mishkal was a renowned trader and ship owner from Yemen. As you can see, the mosque was designed in the traditional kerala architecture of that period.

The Mishkal Mosque at Kuttichira stands as a symbol of communal harmony. In 1510 AD, the Portuguese had attacked the mosque and partially destroyed it. Supposdely, their mission was to divide and rule, breaking the harmony between hindus and muslims. The Samoothiri (Zamorin), the local ruler at that time, didn't fall for this and helped in defending and repairing the mosque.  

The mosque was 5 storeyed, but after the destruction, it remained as a 4 storeyed structure. The walls of the mosque, except the ground floor are made of wood. Remnants of the portuguese destruction can still be seen on the upmost floor.
mishkal_mosque_kozhikode_02 * Mishkal Mosque at Kuttichira, Kozhikode
mishkal_mosque_kozhikode_03 * Mishkal Mosque at Kuttichira, Kozhikode
mishkal_mosque_kozhikode_04 * Mishkal Mosque at Kuttichira, Kozhikode
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mishkal_mosque_kozhikode_05 * Mishkal Mosque at Kuttichira, Kozhikode
kuttichira_tank_kozhikode_01 * Kuttichira Tank, near by the Mishkal Mosque at Kuttichira, Kozhikode. As per the local residents: the area surronding this vast pool is a place akin to the Piazzas (Squares) of Italy, where the locals meet and the day/nightlife activities are carried out.
kuttichira_tank_kozhikode_02 * The fishes at Kuttichira Tank, Kozhikode
kuttichira_tank_kozhikode_03 * Diving @ Kuttichira Tank, Kozhikode
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kuttichira_tank_kozhikode_04 * Diving @ Kuttichira Tank, Kozhikode
kuttichira_tank_kozhikode_05 * Diving Acrobatics @ Kuttichira Tank, Kozhikode
mishkal_mosque_kids_kozhikode * Smiling faces.Around the Kuttichira Mishkal Mosque, Kozhikode
elephant_bathing_001 * bathing a juvenile elephant. near kothamangalam, kerala.
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elephant_bathing_002 * bathing a juvenile elephant. near kothamangalam, kerala.
elephant_bathing_003 * bathing a juvenile elephant. near kothamangalam, kerala.
sri_krishna_jayanthi_002 * Sri Krishna Jayanthi, Bharananganam, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
sri_krishna_jayanthi_005 * Sri Krishna Jayanthi, Bharananganam, Kottayam, Kerala, India.
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