Syrian churches of Kerala


A Saint Thomas Christian cross at Kottayam Valiya Pally

This article lists the various old and ancient churches that exist among the Saint Thomas Christians in Kerala.[1][2][3][4]

Thrissur district

Palayoor Church

Ernakulam district

Kottakkavu Syro-Malabar Old Church

Idukki district

Kottayam district

Kuravilangad Syrian Church

Alappuzha district

Gokkamangalam Syrian Church

Pathanamthitta district

Niranam Orthodox Syrian Church
  • Niranam St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church – The ancient Niranam Syrian church was founded by Thomas the Apsotle in 54 AD and is among the Ezharappallikal.
  • Nilackal St Thomas Ecumenical Syrian Church – The Nilackal (Chayal) Syrian Church in Angamoozhy was established by Thomas the Apostle in 54 AD and is among the Ezharappallikal.
  • Kadampanad St Thomas Syrian Orthodox Cathedral – In the beginning of the fourth century, a group of Syrian Christians from Chayal (Nilackal) near Ranni migrated to Kadampanad. They consecrated a church at Kadampanad in accordance with Syrian tradition and rituals in 325 AD, in the name of Mar Thoma Sleeha (Thomas the Apostle).
  • Adoor Kannamcode St Thomas Orthodox Syrian Cathedral – The earliest Syrian Christian settlement near Kannamcode in Adoor was at the beginning of 4th century, during the establishment of Kadampanad Church. The Kannamcode Syrian Church was established by the parishioners of Kadampanad Syrian Church in the 4th century.
  • Thumpamon St Mary's Orthodox Syrian Valiyapally – The first church in Thumpamon was built in 717 AD by the Syrian Christians who migrated from Nilackal and the Syrian Christians of Thumbamon who separated from the Niranam Church.
  • Vaipur St Mary's Syro-Malabar Church – The Vaipur Church was established in 1212 by the Syrian Christians of Vaipur who formerly attended the Niranam Church for worship.
  • Kallooppara St Mary's Syrian Orthodox Church – The Kallooppara Syrian Church was established in 1339 by the Aaruveedan families and the Edappally Swaroopam of Thekkumkur for the Syrian Christians of Kallooppara who attended the Niranam St Mary's Syrian Church.
  • Maramon Mar Thoma Syrian Church – The Maramon Mar Thoma Church was established in 1440 by the Malieakal, Ramacham and Kulathackal Syrian Christian families who formerly worshiped in the Niranam Syrian Church.
  • Kozhenchery St Thomas Mar Thoma Syrian Church – Certain ancient Christian families who resided on the banks of river Pampa have recorded their origins and this evidence indicates that the early Christian settlers around Kozhencherry worshiped in the churches at Maramon and Chengannur. According to these records, the earliest church at Kozhencherry was constructed in 1599, according to the Malayalam Era (M.E. 775).

Kollam district

Kundara Syrian Valiyapally


  1. ^ For a list of the old churches and their approx. dates cf. George Menachery, ed. The Thomapedia, Ollur, 2000; George Menachery, ed. The St. Thomas Christian Encyclopaedia of India, Trichur, 1973; George Menachery, ed. The Indian Church History Classics, Vol.1, The Nazranies, SARAS, Ollur, 1998; George Menachery, The Elephant and the Thomas Christian, 2014; George Menachery, Murals in Kerala Churches, Ollur, 2015.
  2. ^ For a list of old Kerala churches cf. George Menachery, "The Elephant and the Christians", Malayalam. SARAS, Ollur, 2014
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  4. ^ "Aanayum NazraniyumThe Elephant in Kerala Churches" (PDF).
  5. ^ Gazetter 1986, pp. 38, 623
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  14. ^ a b c Malekandathil (2020).
  15. ^ Karukaparambil 2005, p. 150.
  16. ^ Whitehouse 1873, p. 125.
  17. ^ Encyclopaedia of sects & religious doctrines, Volume 4 By Charles George Herbermann page 1180,1181
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  • Malekandathil, Pius (2020). "Angamali and the St. Thomas Christians: An Historical Overview". NSC Network. Retrieved 14 July 2020.

External links

  • St. Mary's Orthodox Syrian Church, Niranam
  • St. Mary's Forane (Martha Mariam) Church
  • "Champakulam Kalloorkkadu St Mary's Church- The Hidden Pearl in Nasrani History | NSC NETWORK". Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  • St. Mary's Thazhathupally Kaduthuruthy
  • "". Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  • "WELCOME TO INDIAN CHRISTIANITY". Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  • St. George's Forane Church, Aruvithura
  • Kudamaloor Palli
  • Namboothiri Rulers

St. Mary's Forane Church, Muttom, cherthala-688524; Alappuzha District

  • "Pilgrim center of St. Mary (St. Mary's Orthodox Church Kallooppara)". Archived from the original on 12 October 2003. Retrieved 6 June 2014.