|Schwartz church,Thanjavur,.serfoji raja with dying father.Madrasmusing.com|
Schwartz church,Thanjavur,.serfoji raja with dying father.Madrasmusing.com
Even now many historians resent the mistakes unwittingly committed by Fr. Schwartz. He had Raja Serfoji inscribe the history of Bhonsly clan in detail on the granite walls near saint Karoorar shrine of the great Big temple built by Rajaraja Chola and forcing him to build a church behind the temple complex. The great Chola king himself failed to inscribe the Chola history on the stones in the temple. The great Marata king Serfoji and Tulajaji refused to go along with Fr. Schwartz and change their religion to Christianity at any cost. These two colossal blunders of Fr. Schwartz overshadow his great contributions made in the areas of education, social and community services, etc. He dedicated his life to the cause of poor people regardless of religion and spent his entire life in Thanjavur till his death. When Fr. Schwartz died in 1798, the grateful Maratha ruler, Serfoji II, donated a striking marble tablet, made by John Flaxman showing the dying moments of Schwartz surrounded by his ministers and Maratha rulers and this has been placed at the western end of the church near Sivaganga Park, Thanjavur. He also promised to take care of the Christian community of Thanjavur.
Later the secular Maratha rulers of Thanjavur liberally donated a vast tract of land now called Manambuchavadi, a suburb of Thanjavur city where a large Christian community is still living.