The historical Holy Ghost Forane church, Muttuchira, Kerala
The Muttuchira church/
 Among the Indian states, Kerala accounts for the largest number of old churches  and it was here St.Thomas, the Apostle established what is referred to as ''Seven and half Churches in 52 AD soon after he had landed in India with a view to spreading the Gospel of Christ. Several centuries later after the discovery of the sea route to India in 1498 by the Portuguese sailor Vasco de Gama and later the arrival of other Europeans like the Dutch and  English more and more churches came up in Kerala.

The Muttuchira church, one of the most ancient churches in India, is said to have been  built  in the 6th century AD.  The local Hindu rulers were of  great help to the newly arrived Christians in this area. Mention may be made of the dependants of the then llocal land owners Myal Pazhur Naboothiripadu and Mamalassery Kaimal. They helped the local Christian community build a new church in that area to cater to their spiritual needs. One family called Kallarveli family  was behind the construction a church here. an agricultural area where they raised ginger and paddy.

Location map. Muttuchira, Kerala
 Later many others came and settled here from other places.  The Muttuchira village became a famous market for agricultural produce and having link with Kochi. The consecration  of Muttuchira church was  done, it is mentioned, after the arrival of Pentecost on 25 May, 550 AD (?). The location of the old church is at  Kurisummoodu near Muttuchira market. The main church has a traditional arch shaped madbaha (Sanctum sanctorum- the holiest place) with a cross and a sacrificial table. The ancient Cross with a granite base in Kurisummoodu  has nice carvings. 
Muttuchira, Church

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 Above image:  This was found in Ruha'D Qudisha Forane Church, Muttuchira of the Syro-Malabar Catholic church.........

As the  time went by, the church was  patronized by more members and this resulted in the shortage of space during prayer in the church. To cope with more members, a spacious church was built in the 7th Century on the present plot of Kochupally (little church) inside the compound. In the 9th century AD all was not well with the church  and it was severely damaged by the Mukalan rulers.The church was without bells that were removed by the local ruler. In the 13th century, the church was rebuilt with funds from various sources and was  named ''The Holy Ghost''.
Ancient Painting at Muttuchira

 When the old church at Muttuchira was demolished to replace it with a new one, an ancient Thomas Cross, belonging to 5th century,  was found inside the madbaha wall at Muttuchira church. Many churches in the near-by areas have Persian crosses. This St Thomas cross is set near the entrance  inside the new Valiyapally church  now. This church and the presbytery came into being during the period of Rev. Fr. Kuriakose Parambil, who had been  the ward minister here since 1859. After 1890, it became  a Forane church.

It is said that the stone Cross set in front of the church was presented to the church by Kallarveli Kurisingal Mathai Chacko in the thirteenth century. Earlier, Muttuchira was known as 'Njayapally'in olden days.. The name Muttuchira was adopted in the later period. In the  Muttuchira church the 5 story 150 feet tall bell tower is an interesting one and came up when Rev. Fr. Ouseph Chakkalackal was the ward cleric in 1901. The fifth floor has  three major bells.
Ancient Rock Inscription Muttuchira  Church, en.wikipedia,org

The major attestations in this historical church are the amazing mural paintings and the carvings. The stone engravings are  in old Malayalam called Vattezhuthu-Nanam Monum. They are on a rectangular stone piece in two areas partitioned by a vertical line in the middle. They date back to AD1581 or later.

Muttuchira, a village in the Kottayam District Kerala, was earlier called  Nayappalli  as per old records. It was in the 6th century the Christian settlement of Muttuchira came up.  The church was previously called as 'Spiritu Sancto' (Latin word for Holy Spirit) Antonio Gouvea, the Portuguese voyager recorded the visit of Alexis De Menezes, the Archbishop of Goa in 1599. He mentioned the name of village as  Nayapili. French Scholar and Orientalist in January 1758, mentions about the Catholic church of Holy Ghost at Muttiera and mentions of Saint Sebastian .