Manal Matha Church, Thiruchendur, Thoothukudi

Athisaya Manalmatha Church” was built in First Century AD by St.Thomas ,one of 12 disciples of Lord Jesus. The church is located in the Sokkankudieruppu, a village 39 kms away from Tiruchendur in Tuticorin District off Tiruchendur – TamilNadu- India.

The church was built on three cents of land, donated by Pandya Ruler, Kandappa Rasa to St.Thomas, as a mark of respect for healing the diseases and sufferings of the king and his family. St.Thomas built the church with palm leaves as per the tradition in those days. This piece of 3 cents land was the first to be given in India to Christianity.

Manal Matha Church,
Thoothukudi Dt.

One comment on “Manal Matha Church, Thiruchendur, Thoothukudi

  1. I K Nathan mysore says:

    I and my family made a pilgrimage trip to tutucorin thiruchendur and kaniyakumari on 18 th 19th 20th and 21st of july 2012 alanthalai, manal matha, manapad, uravai and kanayakumari churches we feel and we are really blessed to see these churches, these churches have a long history . Recommend all roman catholic to visit these churches

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