Kottakkavu Mar Thoma Syro-Malabar Pilgrim Church, North Paravur - steeped in history

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Kottakkavu Mar Thoma Syro-Malabar Pilgrim Church, North Paravur is yet another Syro-Malabar church established in 52 AD by St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. It is said to be the first church in India and is called an Apostolic Church
because  St. Thomas preached the ''Gospel of Christ'' and also had begun the  conversion of  native people to Syriac Christianity here. It was part of the Ezharappallikal (seven churches) that he established across Malabar after his arrival here.  The other six churches were established at Kodungalloor, Kokkamangalam, Palayoor, Kollam, Niranam, and Nilackal.
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Records mention that the great  Saintcame  Kottakkayal, where he taught the Holy Way and, in a span of one plus year, roughly 1770 natives were christened by baptism.
Kottakkavu pond. en.wikipedia.org
 Above image: Kottakkavu Pond, close to the church  where St. Thomas baptized Jews who were engaged in business in this part of Kerala. ...........................................
Mar Sabor and Mar Proth, Christian preachers from Persia who came here - Malankara in the 9th century were instrumental in establishing  a number of churches  and ran them following the tenets of Saint Thomas Christians. The second church of Kottakkavu was rebuilt at this time. Upon their demise, they were remembered as saints and their name was given to this church. In front of the Church there is a Persian Cross - Kottakkavu Sliva, a engraved on granite stone by Mar Sabor and Mar Proth. The old church was rebuilt in the 21st century and the third one was, it is believed , was built in 1308 (?)