|Interior of the Kadamattom Church,Muvattupuzha, Kerala. en.wikipedia.org|
|St. George Syrian Orthodox Church Kadamattom., Kerala|
Among the churches of Kerala that are pretty old, dating back to several centuries, Kadamattom Church is a famous and historical church. This unique church of great antiquity is being visited by lots of devotees. Located in a serene environment, this church offers peace of mind and tranquility to the visitors.
Kadamattom Church, situated close to Kolenchery town near Muvattupuzha, Earnakulam District in the Southern state of Kerala, India, is one of the ancient churches in India dating back to the 9th Century AD. It is believed the old church was built before AD 650, as confirmed by the fact that, at that time, Kolencherry Church (built around AD 650) had not yet come into existence. Built on a property donated by the 'Karthas', the then prominent family of Kadamattom, this church is located near the Kochi -Madurai National Highway 49 and lies onr kilometer (0.62 mi) after the Peruvammuzhi Junction.
|.famous Persian cross,Kadamattom Church. en.wikipedia.org|
This famous church was established by Mar Abo with the help of the then local ruler Kartha, of Kadamattom, well assisted by Reverend Paulose, alias the legendary Kadamattathu Kathanar’s mentor. Mar Abo stayed with a poor widow and her son Paulose who was later ordained as a priest of the church.
A Persian cross with four equal arms with ancient writings inscribed is the major attraction here and can be seen on the right wall of the Madhbaha or Holy of Holies. The wings of the cross also end with floral designs. The tombstone of Mar Thoma IX (Formerly Pakalomattom, Kathanar) is on the left side just outside the Madhbaha. An interesting feature of this church that astonishes th visitors is the Church door lock. What is unique about it? Unlike locks made of metal of some alloy, the lock is a wooden one with wooden mechanism. There is a deep well here called Pathaala kinar that has been there since the inception of this church.
Major festivals are observed during the January – February period. they mark the death anniversary of the legendary priest, who, it is believed, besides being a theologian, had supernatural powers.