Palayur Church


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Ranked 5 of 14 sightseeing in Guruvayur

The Palayur Church is one of the seven ancient churches established by the apostle, St. Thomas, in Kerala. This church portrays the life of St. Thomas and is famous for its architectural work. Around 14 granite statues that reflect various stages of St. Thomas’ life were installed at the entrance of this church.     

The major pilgrimage of this religious site is the Palayur Mahatheerthadanam, during which the devotees carry a wooden cross. The other festivals that are celebrated in this church are the Thukharana Thirunal, Muppittu Njayar and Tharpana Thirunal.

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Palayur Church

Reety Arora
4th Dec 15

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Monday - Friday:
8:00 AM -8:00 PM
8:00 AM -8:00 PM
8:00 AM -8:00 PM
Public Holidays:
8:00 AM -8:00 PM

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Joji Joseph

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Church with a lot of historical importance

The origin of Christianity in India is believed to have started in Kerala and thereafter people from other parts of India embraced Christianity. It is believed that St. Thomas in the initial stage baptized his first Christian converts in a small pond named "Thalikulam" near the Church compound. The St. Thomas Church which is believed to have constructed in 52 AD is a typical South Indian normal Church and the Church complex has a museum which opens by 08:00 AM and the museum has a good collection of religious historical pictures and relics displayed. From the museum we can go "Kottukulam", a small pond where St. Thomas first arrived in Palayur and a small model of a boat is kept on the pond. The damaged remains of the original cross was kept and a large prayer hall extension of the main church also can be seen adjacent to this. Lot of people irrespective of caste, creed and terrain visit this church.

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