A street of Mattancherry at night
|• Official||Malayalam, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Nearest city||Fort Kochi|
Mattancherry (Malayalam: മട്ടാഞ്ചേരി) is a locality in the city of Kochi, India. It is said that the cheri (street) full of mutton butchers gradually became muttoncheri which is spelled now as mattancherry. Also, it is said that the name Mattancherry comes from "Ancherry Mattom", a Namboodiri illam which the foreign traders then pronounced it as Matt-Ancherry, gradually became Mattancherry. It is about 9 km from Ernakulam town. There are frequent bus and boat services to Mattancherry from Ernakulam town. The boats start from Main Boat Jetty near Subash Park at Ernakulam. The word cheri in malayalam can be translated ghetto or slum, the word root comes from chernilam which means wetland. The sea level height of city of kochi is very low and almost wetland.
Dharmanath Jains Temple, dedicated to Shri Dharmanath, the 15th Jain Tirthankar, is another religious institution of Mattancherry. Built in 1960, the temple complex is sprawled over a large area with various blocks constructed for prayers and as places for offerings. The architecture of the temple is inspired by the Jain temples of Gujarat. As the temple completed 100 years, it was recently officially granted the ‘teerth’ status, and as part of the celebrations, renovation and restoration work of the temple was carried out. Temple is made of marbles, and there are beautiful carved structures in the temple. It is open to all the communities.
Mattancherry is a part of Ernakulam District in Kerala, India. It is a tourist destination. It is surrounded by the backwaters of Arabian Sea. Mattancherry was the first trade hub of the present district. Mattancherry is populated by people from various walks of life and various parts of India and abroad. There are people who have come and settled in Mattancherry from Goa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and so on.
Earlier, Mattancherry was the trade link to Ernakulam. Main trade was on spices such as pepper and turmeric. Tea is also traded. Mattancherry deteriorated mainly since the porters working at various firms had some unaccounted trouble with the merchants. Slowly, the traders moved to Ernakulam as Mattancherry proved to be costly. Mattancherry is also home to the Paradesi Synagogue (India's oldest functioning synagogue), Mattancherry Palace Museum, Mattacherry Pazhayannur Royal temple and Palliarakkavvu temple, Ram Mandir, Gowd Saraswat Brahmin samaj temples including the Venkatraman temple and a Jain Temple (known as MahajanWadi to locals) and Mosques. Mattancherry Palace Museum hosts different weapons such as swords, spears and various other artilleries such as cannon used to protect the borders from invaders in the historic ages. The museum also hosts various paintings and murals. Near the museum, a private bus depot is also present. Close to the Bus Depot there is a Boat Jetty, where we get boats to Ernakulam, Fort Cochin and Willington Island. There is also Bazaar (Market) where we get to buy different spices and articles used interior decorations.
Mattancherry is famous for having "Jew Town" in its heart. This is a historical part of India, where the ancient Jews started their trading. This neighborhood is now famous for antique showrooms. Jew Palace and the Jewish synagogue are two famous landmarks.
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