Cheraman Perumal

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For the Hindu Nayanar saint, see Rajashekhara Varman.
For the myths of Cheraman Perumal, see Cheraman Perumal myths.

Cheraman Perumal (Malayalam: ചേരമാൻ പെരുമാൾ; Tamil: சேரமான் பெருமாள்; Arabic: تشيرامان بيروميل‎) is the royal title used by the rulers of the Chera dynasty in southern India. The title has sometimes mistakenly been taken to refer exclusively to some kings of the dynasty, particularly Rama Varma Kulashekhara and Rajashekhara Varman, but Hermann Gundert has observed that the title "Cheraman" is simply the name of the dynasty of Chera.[1] According to legends, Cherman Perumal, travelled to Madina to meet the Prophet Muhammad and embraced Islam.[2] But he died on his way back and is now buried in Salalah, Oman. [3][4][5]

In popular culture[edit]

In March 2014, it was announced that Malayalam actor Mammootty will play the role of Cheraman Perumal in a film.[6][7]


  1. ^ Menon, T. Madhava (trans.), Kerala Pazhama: Gundert's Antiquity of Kerala.
  2. ^ M. G. S. Narayanan, Perumals of Kerala: Political and Social Conditions of Kerala Under the Cēra Perumals of Makotai (c. 800 AD-1124 AD)
  3. ^ "Cheraman Juma Masjid: A 1,000-year-old lamp burns in this mosque". 
  4. ^ "PM Narendra Modi likely to visit India's oldest mosque during Kerala trip". 
  5. ^ "Solomon To Cheraman". 
  6. ^ "Mammootty to star in film on Kerala ruler Cheraman Perumal". 
  7. ^ "Mammootty as Cheraman Perumal?". 


  • Roman Karur, Dr. Nagaswamy R., (1995), Brahadish Publications, Chennai
  • India's President makes a visit to the mosque,
  • The Land of the Permauls. Cochin, Its Past and Its Present 1863. Chapter 2. Page 44, The Last "Permaul." Dr. Francis Day.