Diocese of Dornakal of the Church of South India

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Diocese of Dornakal
Epiphany Cathedral, Dornakal
Ecclesiastical provinceChurch of South India
CathedralEpiphany Cathedral, Dornakal
Current leadership
BishopThe. Rt. Rev. Kodirekka Padma Rao

Dornakal Diocese is a diocese of the Church of South India in Telangana state of India. The diocese mainly covers the pastorates in Warangal, Nalgonda, East Godavari and Khammam districts and also has churches in Odissha state.


The Diocese of Dornakal[1] was formed in December 1912. Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah was consecrated as its first bishop in St. Paul's Cathedral, Calcutta. Azariah was the first Indian to be consecrated a bishop in the Anglican Communion[2] and was a leader in the Christian evangelistic movement in South Asia during the early twentieth century.[3]

When the diocese was first formed, it was a small district in the southeast corner of the Nizam's dominions. A few years later, it was enlarged by the addition of the Dummugudem district, in which the Church Missionary Society (CMS) was working.

In 1920, a resolution of the Episcopal Synod placed all of the districts of both the CMS and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (SPG) in the Telugu country under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Dornakal.

The Cathedral of the Epiphany in Dornakal was consecrated on 6 January 1939.[4]

In 1940, the Presbyterian, Methodist, Congregational and Anglican churches of the region came together to form the Church of South India.


The present Diocese of Dornakal includes a large portion of the Krishna district, part of the Godavari districts, parts of the Kurnool and Kadapa districts to the south served by the SPG, the areas in the Hyderabad State served by the Indian Missionary Society of Tinnevelly (IMST), the Singareni Mission, the Khammamett Mission, and the recently formed Dornakal Diocesan Mission, which started in the Mulag Taluq.

The main towns in the diocese are Khammam and Kothagudem, and they host the largest congregations. The diocese has approximately 900 congregations.[5]

The diocese is partnered with the Diocese of Gloucester in England.[6][7]


The former president bishop of the church Rt. Rev. Dr Vadapalli Prasada Rao stated that the church is run entirely on Indian funds, which he says helps ensure the churches continued independence from the "Anglican Communion".[8]


Group church councils and chairman[edit]

  • Rev.G.J.Kanta Rao Dornakal GCC
  • Rev. Dr. K. N. Bhushanam, singareni GCC
  • Rev. Jeevanandam, Kodad GCC
  • Rev. V. viswam, Khammam GCC
  • Rev.B.Dharmaiah manuguru GCC


  • CSI Epiphany Cathedral Church, Dornakal
  • St. Andrew's Church, Kothagudem
  • St. Andrew'sChurch, kalyanapuram
  • St. Mary's Church, Khammam
  • St. Paul's Church, Aswapuram
  • St. Paul's Church, P.V. Colony
  • Christ Church, Bhadrachalam
  • St. Peter's Church Kodad
  • St. Paul's Church, Mahabubabad
  • St. Paul's Church, Palvancha
  • St. Timothy Church, Huzurnagar
  • St. John's Church, Yellandu
  • St. John's Church, J.K colony, Yellandu
  • St. Philip's Church, Nava bharat
  • Christ Church, Indira Nagar, KMM
  • St. Mark's Church, NSP, Khammam
  • St. Luke Church, Singabhupalem, KTDM
  • St. Thomas Church, Ramavaram, KTDM
  • St. James Church, Gouthampur
  • St Peter's Church, Rudrampur
  • Christ Church, Parsibandam, khammam
  • St. John's Church v.m.banjara,
  • St. Peter's church, Madiripuram, Near Bangla
  • Church Of South India, Miryalaguda, Dornakal Diocese
  • St. Andrew's Church, Anisettipally

Educational institutions[edit]

  • Bishop Azariah High School for Girls, Dornakal
  • Bishop Azariah Junior college for Girls, Dornakal
  • Bishop Azariah Degree College, Dornakal
  • Dornakal Diocese. Junior College, Dornakal
  • Dornakal Diocese. High School, Dornakal
  • St. Mary's High school, Khammam
  • St. Andrew's High School, Kothagudem
  • St. Christ Church Primary School, Bhadrachalam
  • St. Peter's Primary School, Thoorubaka, Bhadrachalam
  • Dorkal Diocese Hostel, Chadrupatla
  • Mission High school (Aided), Madiripuram

Further reading[edit]

  • M. Edwin Rao (Compiled) (2012). "Prophet Azariah and the Blessed Dornakal: A centenary revisit 1912-2012". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  • K. M. George (1999). Church of South India: Life in Union, 1947-1997. ISBN 978-8172145125. OCLC 1039224320.
  • Isaac Ethan Paul(Compiled) (1988). "The Glorious Fifty Years of The Epiphany Cathedral". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ K. J. G. Sundaram (1931): A Deccan Village in India, Journal of Geography, 30:2, 49-57
  2. ^ Chatterton, Eyre. The Diocese of Dornakal, 1912. A Diocese of Mass Movements. IN,: Project Canterbury: A History of the Church of England in India since the early days of the East India Company, London, SPCK, 1924
  3. ^ Harper, S. B., In the Shadow of the Mahatma: Bishop V. S. Azariah and the Travails of Christianity in British India. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2000.
  4. ^ Diocese of Gloucester website
  5. ^ Diocese of Gloucester website
  6. ^ Diocese of Gloucester website
  7. ^ The King’s School website
  8. ^ Anudeep Ceremilla (21 December 2015). "Epiphany church stands as pride of Dornakal town". Deccan Chronicle.