Zeenath Baksh Juma Masjid located in Bunder, Mangalore is believed to have been built sometime around 646 AD, very close to the life and times of Prophet Muhammad(pbuh). The Arab Muslim traders who landed here on business are said to have built it in the first place. Two Masjids in Kerala preceded this one in establishment. Cheraman Masjid in Kodanagllur built in 622 AD which was followed by Malik Dinar Masjid in Kasragod built a couple of years later.
THIS IS MANGALORE’S FIRST AND INDIA’S THIRD MASJID (MOSQUE) !
When the Arab Muslim traders first set roots in the Malabar coast and around this city, they are said to have endeared themselves to the local populace very well. The prominent leader among them was Hazarat Malik bin Dinar, who settled at Cranganore. Raja Cheruman Perumal of Malabar is believed to have offered them his gracious hospitality. One of the ten mosques allowed to be built by the Raja was the Zeenat Baksh mosque. It was inaugurated on Friday, 22 of Jumail Awwal month in 22 al Hijra, corresponding to year 646 AD, with the first Qazi Hazarat Moosa bin Malik, son of Moosa bin Abdulla. The mosque has special religious significance and connotation for the Muslim community because the pioneers who set up the mosque are said to have been the kith and kin of ‘Sahabas’ (or associates) of Prophet Mohammed Rasulullah (SA) himself.
The Mysore ruler, Tipu Sultan, ruled Mangalore in the latter half of the 18th century and during his reign he got the mosque renovated with intricately carved wooded pillars. The ceiling set on the roof also is said to be part of his generosity.
Ours Parish is one the vast and biggest Parishes in Mangalore. It is situated at Cordel, Kulshekar, which is 5 kms away from Mangalore city center. There are nearly 6,500 people distributed in 32 wards. Ours is a community of love and worship. We worship, study, work, play and pray together in good times and bad, so that our life in Christ may grow stronger. We are people of faith, hope and love. We strive to believe more firmly in the Word of God, trust more fully in the Redeemed Cross of Christ and love more deeply in faithful service. May the Holy Cross of our Lord Jesus redeem us from all bondage and sickness and bless us with his abundant spiritual grace.
St. Francis Xavier Church, commonly referred to as Bejai Church, is a historic Roman Catholic Church situated in the Bejai locality of Mangalore. The church was built in 1869 on a plot of land measuring 5.37 acres at Bejai, which was obtained from the British government on 21 November 1869. The original structure was a chapel from which Sunday masses were offered.HistoryThe area of Bejai was covered by the Cathedral parish for around two centuries. The construction of the chapel in Bejai was organised to reduce the inconvenience to Mangalorean Catholic residents of that area, who otherwise would have to travel a large distance to attend Mass. Sunday masses were offered by priests from the cathedral.On 22 March 1912, the chapel was provided with a resident chaplain, Fr. Sebastian Noronha, by Bishop Paul Perini S. J. Fr. Sebastian undertook the effort to establish a primary school for Mangalorean Catholic youth, namely the St. Francis Xavier School for Boys and Lourdes Girls School, in the year 1915. He was succeeded by Fr. Joseph Peter Fernandes, who built a portion of the presbytery in 1920. The present church was built by Fr. A. E. C. Colaco in 1928. He also completed the presbytery, constructed the school building and planned the belfry, which was completed by Fr. Leo Saldana in 1937. In 1963, a girls high school was opened by the Ursuline Franciscan sisters with the assistance of the very Rev. Mgr. F. J. M. Pinto, which provided education up to the 10th Standard. After 1963, there was a relative lack of development.