Christianity was established in Kerala earlier than almost
anywhere in the world.
The advent of Christianity in India goes back to St.
Thomas the Apostle, one of the original disciples of Jesus Christ. In 52
A.D. "doubting Thomas" is believed to have arrived in Goa first. After
establishing a small Christian congregation he went south and came down
to Kerala to preach the gospel.
He found his work difficult as most people were subjects
of a tight feudal regime. So he actually preached the Christian gospel
first amongst the Jews and then converted 12 Brahmin Families from whom
the Syrian Christians trace their genealogy.
It is believed that St. Thomas lived for some time at Malayattur
(in the southern part of the center of today's Kerala) and his footprint
is believed to be found embedded in a rock. St.Thomas is believed
to have gone east. His life may have ended at a small town near Madras
(Chennai) in what today is Kerala's neighbor State, Tamil Nadu.
Christian Denominations in Kerala
· Syro-Malabar -
· Syro-Malankara -
· Latin -
· Syrian Orthodox (Methran
· Jacobite Syrian Orthodox
(Bava Kakshi) -
· Independent Jacobites
· Marthomites -
· St.Thomas Evangelical
& Others -
· Church of the East (Nestorians/Surais)
· Church of South India (CSI)
and other Protestants -
Total Christians in Kerala