Mattancherry

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Mattancherry
Cochim de Cima (Upper Kochi)
Neighbourhood
Mattancherry is located in Kerala
Mattancherry
Mattancherry
Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°57′45″N 76°15′15″E / 9.96250°N 76.25417°E / 9.96250; 76.25417Coordinates: 9°57′45″N 76°15′15″E / 9.96250°N 76.25417°E / 9.96250; 76.25417
CountryIndia
StateKerala
DistrictErnakulam
Languages
 • OfficialMalayalam, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
PIN
682002
Vehicle registrationKL-43

Mattancherry (Malayalam pronunciation: [mɐʈːɐːɲd͡ʒeːɾi]), is a locality in the city of Kochi, India. It is about 9 km south-west from the city center. 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. The place where erstwhile 'Ancherry Mattom' located is now a Tamil Brahmin settlement.

Etymology[edit]

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.

Another possible origin is from the Malabari Jewish community which states that the name Mattancherry comes from two words, "Mathana" (מתנה) meaning "gift" in Hebrew and "cheri" (ചേരി) meaning land/Island in malayalam. According to Oral traditions, the land was granted to them as a gift from the Hindu Rajah, hence the name.

Mattancherry Kuriachan Church

Politics[edit]

Mattancherry is a part of the Kochi assembly constituency and Ernakulam (Lok Sabha constituency).[1]

Notable Landmarks[edit]

Mattancherry is home to the Paradesi Synagogue, India's oldest functioning synagogue,[2] Mattancherry Palace Museum, Mattacherry Pazhayannur Royal temple. Our Of Life Church Mattancherry and Holy Cross Pilgrim Centre Mattancherry

  • Paradesi Synagogue - The synagogue was built in 1568 by the Paradesi Jewish people of Kochi. It is also known as the Kochi Jewish Synagogue and the Mattancherry Synagogue. The synagogue is located at what is now known as Jewish Street in Old Kochi. The synagogue was built near the Mattancherry Palace on a site donated by King Rama Varma of Kochi to the Jewish community. There is only one wall between the palace temple and this synagogue.

Way to reach[edit]

  • Nearest railway station: Ernakulam Junction - 10 km from Mattancherry.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Assembly Constituencies - Corresponding Districts and Parliamentary Constituencies" (PDF). Kerala. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2008.
  2. ^ Abram, David (November 2010). The Rough Guide to Kerala (2nd ed.). London, United Kingdom: Penguin Books. p. 181. ISBN 978-1-84836-541-4.|

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