What does Ramzan mean to Triplicane?

Illuminated roads, varieties of food and a pervasive spirit of hope and unity. A walk on the roads of Triplicane during Ramadan month reflects festive fervour and harmony. Watch our short video to know more about the Big Mosque and its observance of Ramzan.

Triplicane, the oldest Islamic settlement in Chennai, bustles with activity now. The spirit of Ramzan is witnessed in every lane of the locality, as shops selling burkhas, Qurans and other necessities have mushroomed. The location of the Big Mosque, the oldest mosque tracing its origin to 1794, adds glory to Triplicane.

Big Mosque is famous for its Mughal architecture and the less known, fascinating story of its chronogram. Chronograms are inscriptions where specific letters can be interpreted as numerals to signify a date or a period. “The numerical value assigned to each letter in the text will reflect the year of composition of the chronogram when summed. The chronogram at the Big Mosque Dhikrullahi Akbar (Remembrance of God is great) gives the year of construction as 1209 Hijri, translating it to 1794 CE,” said Historian S Anwar, who conducts a Ramzan Heritage walk at Triplicane.

We captured the Ramzan mood at Triplicane and spoke to the historians and locals to understand the relevance of the festival:

(with inputs from Laasya Shekhar)


  1. Harinee says:

    Keep achieving….nice article

  2. Deepthi Vijay says:

    Very informative article and follow up video.looking forward for more such articles.keep it up Mr.Loganathan

  3. Shara says:

    Passionate work! ❤

  4. Arif Khan says:

    Thx for sharing this info. Hope yu climb more

  5. Shahasan Noushad says:

    Good work and nice communicated through images.

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