Thousand Lights Mosque

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Coordinates: 13°3′18″N80°15′18″E / 13.05500°N 80.25500°E / 13.05500; 80.25500


Thousand Lights
Thousand Lights Mosque (6708375421).jpg
Affiliation Islam
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Architect(s) Nawab Umdat ul umrah
Style Medieval
Completed1810 [1]
Capacity1000 persons

Thousand Lights is a multi-domed mosque in Anna Salai in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is one of the largest mosques in the country and is a revered place of worship and azadari for Shia Muslims in the city. [2]


The mosque was built in 1810 by Arcot Nawab Umdat ul-Umara. [1] [3] It was constructed in medieval architecture. [1] The site of the mosque was previously occupied by an assembly hall. There was a tradition of lighting thousand oil lamps to illuminate the assembly hall. The mosque thus gets its name from this tradition. [4]

The chief Shia Qazi of Chennai functions from the mosque, and the post has been continuously held by the same family. [3] :128

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