HYDERABAD, February 24th, 2019 (Rahnuma): Cherman Perumal Maharajah Rama Varma Kulashekhara is documented as the Indian king who who embraced Islam on the Holy Prophet’s blessed hands and was one of the Prophet’s recognized Companions.
Narrated Abu Saeed Al-Khudri: “A king from India presented the Holy Prophet with a bottle of pickled ginger. The Holy Prophet shared it among his Companions. I also received a piece to eat.” (Bukhari)
After embracing Islam, in 628–630 AD the ‘Kilakarai Mosque – Palaiya Jumma Palli’ – India’s oldest mosque and the 5th oldest in the world was ordered to be built on the orders of the Maharajah Sahabi, Cherman Perumal Rama Varma Kulashekhara, of the Chera dynasty facing East, towards Jerusalem, the first direction for Muslim prayer.
The Chera dynasty is the parent House of the Travancore Royal Family, which lost its ruling rights in 1949 when Travancore merged with the Indian Union. The former Maharajahs of the Princedom of Travancore in pre-Independence India included the following line in their coronation ceremony, “I will keep this sword until my uncle who has gone to Makkah returns”.
According to historian M.G.S. Narayanan, “there is no reason to reject the tradition that the last Chera king embraced Islam and went to Makkah, since it finds its place not only in Muslim chronicles, but also in Hindu Brahmanical chronicles like the Keralolpatti, which need not be expected to concoct such a tale which in no way enhances the prestige of the Brahmins or Hindu population.”
The Travancore Royal Family became a household name around the world when it was announced in 2011 by the Government of India, that a hidden treasure valued at over $1 trillion USD had been discovered inside the royal Padmanabhaswamy Temple.