St. George Jacobite Syrian Cathedral, Karingachira

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Karingachira St. George's Church, established in 722 AD (Makaram 13), is one of the ancient churches of the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church. St. Thomas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ is the founder of the ancient church in India. Christian writers and historians from the 4th century refer to the evangelistic work of Apostle Thomas in India, and the Indian Christians ascribe the origin of their church to the labours of the apostle in the 1st century.

The church is located near Hill Palace, Thripunitura, Kochi. The church is named after Saint George. The Katthanar (Vicar) of Karingachira was considered the representative of the Nasarani community of the erstwhile Cochin State. During athachamayam, the Katthanar representing the Nasranis, along with Nettur Thangal (represnting the Muslims), and Chembil Valia Arayan (representing the fisher folk) accompanied the Maharaja of Cochin State[1] [2].

The Saint Parumala Thirumeni was ordained as a deacon in this church in 1857.

This church was elevated as a cathedral by Patriarch Ignatius Zakka I Iwas in 2004.

This church is under the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church.

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Coordinates: 9°57′05″N 76°21′27″E / 9.9515°N 76.3575°E / 9.9515; 76.3575