Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kottakkavu Church of St. Thomas, 52 AD

The author of this photo says, “The new Church replacing the original Kottakkavu Church consecrated by St. Thomas, the Apostle around 52 AD at, what is today, North Parur, in Ernakulam District of Kerala. Tradition says, St. Thomas (Mar Thoma) landed in Malabar Coast around 50 AD and set up seven churches. This is the site of one of the oldest Churches in India. The present structure is the fourth building erected at the site, the third having been built in the 14th century AD.”

According to Wikipedia, the indigenous Church of Kerala, India, has a tradition that St. Thomas sailed to Kerala to spread the Christian faith. He is believed to have landed at a small village, at that time a seaport, named Palayoor, near Guruvayoor, which had a priestly community at that time. He left Palayoor in AD 52 for southern parts of the Kerala State, where he established the Ezharappallikal, or Seven and Half Churches. These churches are at Kodungallur, Kollam, Niranam, Nilackal (Chayal), Kokkamangalam (situated midway between Cochin and Kumarakom, on the western shore of Vembanad Lake, 5 km east of Cherthala), Kottakkayal (Paravoor), Palayoor (Chattukulangara) and the half church in Thiruvithamcode Arappally (Travancore).

2 comments:

poor-me/പാവം-ഞാന്‍ said...

Thank you for the information.

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