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This church depicts the life and work of St. Thomas. There are about fourteen granite idols in the church that portray the life and work of the Apostle at different stages. These statues can be seen at the entrance of this church. The Hindu king in Kerala gave St. Thomas enough lands to build churches in various places and this shows the presence of Christianity in ancient India.
During the celebration of the Palayur Mahatheerthadanam festival, devotees from every nook and corner of India come here carrying a wooden cross. Muppittu Njayar, Thukharana Thirunal and Tharpana Thirunal are other important events conducted at the Palayur Church. Newborn babies are brought to this church on Muppittu Njayar for baptizing.
|52 AD St.Thomas syro-malabar church, old interior flickr.com|
Church History Association of India (1969). Indian Church History Review, Volume 3 (1969 ed.). Church History Association of India.