Kozhikode (Agencies): India's largest mosque is planned to be constructed in Kozhikode covering an area of 12 acres on the sprawling 'Knowledge City' complex of Islamic religious and Cultural Jamia Markazu Saquafathi Sunniyya near here.

Estimated to cost Rs 40 crore for creation, the mosque would be able to accommodate 25,000 people for prayer at a time, Markazu sources said.

According to Riyaz Muhammad, the Thrissur-based architect who has done the design for the mosque, the splendid structure would be following the Mughal architectural style.

"It would strictly follow the green-building concept so that the built-up area will harmoniously blend with the greenery around", informed Riyaz.

While the building alone would cover an area of 8 acres, it would encircled by a green-belt and beautiful garden of four acres, he said.

Apart from the vast prayer hall, the compound would have hall for conducting seminars, massive library and facilities for accommodating over 1000 people at a time.

"This has been conceived as a grand mosque, which will also be one of India's important Islamic cultural centre", Markazu sources stated.

The work on the mosque would start within five months and it would be finished in less than two years.

Situated at Karanthur about 10 km from Kozhikode, Markazu is a leading Islamic centre of learning and charity,headed by religious intellectual Kanthapuram AP Aboobker Musliyar.