Kanditheemu (Shaviyani Atoll)

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Inhabited island
Kanditheemu is located in Maldives
Location in Maldives
Coordinates: 06°26′20″N 72°55′00″E / 6.43889°N 72.91667°E / 6.43889; 72.91667Coordinates: 06°26′20″N 72°55′00″E / 6.43889°N 72.91667°E / 6.43889; 72.91667
Country Maldives
Geographic atoll Miladhummadulhu Atoll
Administrative atoll Shaviyani Atoll
Distance to Malé 258.26 km (160.48 mi)
 • Length 1.720 km (1.069 mi)
 • Width 0.700 km (0.435 mi)
 • Total 1,400
Time zone MST (UTC+05:00)

Kanditheemu (Dhivehi: ކަނޑިތީމު) is one of the inhabited islands of Shaviyani Atoll administrative and geographically part of the Miladhummadulhu Atoll in the Maldives. The island lies on the North West of the atoll near the border with Miladhunmadulhu-Thiladhunmathi atoll borders.

The total land area of the island is 0,89 km2 and surrounded by deep lagoons on the northern and southern end of the island, where boats can be anchored. The main occupation of the people of Kanditheemu is fishing.

The oldest written sample of the Thaana script in which the Dhivehi language is written is found in Kanditheemu. It is inscribed on the door posts of the main Hukuru Miskiy (Friday mosque) of the island. The dates 1008AH (1599AD) and 1020AH (1611AD) are written on either sides of the door as the dates for the building and the renewal of the roof during the reigns of Ibrahim Kalaafaan (Sultan Ibrahim III) and Hussain Faamuladeyri Kilege (Sultan Hussain II) respectively.


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