Built in the 13th century, Goripalayam Mosque, which is also known as Hajha Syed Sultan Alaoudeen Syed Sultan Samsudeen Aouliya Dargah, is the largest mosque in Madurai. The mosque houses the tombs of two of the Muslim rulers of Madurai – Hazrat Sulthan Alauddin Badusha (Radiyallah) and Hazrat Sulthan Shamsuddin Badhusha (Radiyallah). An invisible grave of Hazrat Khaja Syed Sultan Habibuddin also known as Ghaibi Sulthan is also present in the mosque.
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The dargah sits on the bank of Vaigai River. It is believed that the dargah was built by Thirumalai Nayak. The most striking feature of the mosque is its dome, which is made of a single piece of stone and is 20 ft in height and 70 feet in diameter. The anniversary Urs festival, which is held on the 15th night of Islamic month of Rabi-al-awwal by the hijri calendar, is the best time to visit this place.
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