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Cheppad railway station
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Cheppad is a scenic village in Karthikapally Taluk of Alleppy District in Kerala State, India. It is about halfway between Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram on the National Highway 47. Cheppad was known as "Cheppukadu" in ancient times; "cheppu" indicates a small container and "kadu" indicates a small forest.
Cheppad is turning into a town of the future with the already existing national thermal power station, new government medical college, modernisation of Cheppad railway station and 5-star hotels in the neighbourhood. Cheppad is covered by the state of the art 3G mobile network and high speed broadband up to 8 Mbit/s and the new National Highway 47 development gives Cheppad access to all major cities.
Cheppad is inhabited by a predominantly Hindu community. The Christian community is the second largest religious community and many denominations of Christian faith can be found here. There is no documentary evidence to establish the arrival of Christian community to this place. St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church, Cheppaud (founded 1924) belongs to the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church under the Patriarch of Antioch and all the East.
St George Orthodox Church
St. George Orthodox Church in Cheppad is popularly known as Cheppad Valiya Pally, and is a pilgrim centre of the Malankara Orthodox Church. St George Orthodox Church is the resting place of Cheppad Philipose Mar Dionysius, Malankara Metropolitan of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church during 1825-1855. The 600-year-old mural paintings in Cheppad St. George Orthodox Church exhibit the Christian traditional paintings. The paintings are on the walls of the Madbaha (altar) of the Church, and show events in the life of Jesus Christ from birth to ascension.
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