Azhikode St. Thomas Church also known as Mar Thoma Pontifical Shrine is known as the birth place of the Christianity in India. It's a famous Christian shrine situated at Azhikode, a few km away from Kodungallur town. The main significance of this church is that it is one of the seven churches that have been founded by St.Thomas and obviously the first one. The church has been built on the year 1953 and the church today holds the relic of St.Thomas - a bone from his arm.
Azhikode Mar Thoma (St. Thomas) Church Became a Pilgrim Center
The relic of St.Thomas was bought from Italy, Orthana and was enshrined on this church on December 6, 1953 under the supervision of late Eugene Cardinal Tisserant. The church became a pilgrim center from that date onwards and it has been receiving large number of devotees daily.
St. Thomas Landed in Kodungallur on November 21, 52 A.D
St.Thomas is one of the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ and he landed on India on the shore of Kodungallur on November 21, 52 A.D. He is believed to have landed on the Malabar Coast on one of the Roman vessels. The church shows a small video film to the visitors that show more historical details about St.Thomas and his visit to India. He has also worked from Ethiopia to China to propagate Christianity.
The Architecture of St. Thomas Church, Azhikode
The church is built on the model of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome and the church is situated on the banks of river Periyar.
The Key Features of St. Thomas Church, Azhikode
The altar of this church holds the holy relics of St.Thomas and the church also holds the repository of Holy relics of Bl. Chavara, Bl.alphonsa and Bl. Mariam Teresa and devotees can visit this and get blessing from these sacred figures.
People from all sections of the society and people from various religion beliefs come to the church daily to get blessings. Marthoma Smruthi Tharangam shows the mission and vision of St.Thomas to visitors who throng to this place.
Modern technology and audio-Visual theatrical effects are used to showcase the life of St.Thomas and the program lasts for half an hour and the seating capacity is approximately 80 persons. Marthoma Research Centre also provides the visitors with relevant research materials that can give new insights to the life of St.Thomas and Indian Christianity.
Visitors can buy books at reasonable prices. Special Prayers done on this church Special mediatory prayer services (Novena) is conducted on request every Sunday and devotees can make use of this special prayer service.
The Main Feast Festival Done on St. Thomas Church, Azhikode
The main feast of the church is celebrated on November 21 every year in Commemoration of the apostles 'Entrance to India' and the celebration lasts for a week.
Additional Chapel Built at St. Thomas Church, Azhikode
There is a chapel at the back of the shrine and this was built to commemorate the 19th centenary of the arrival St. Thomas.
Stay in at St. Thomas Church, Azhikode
There is an ashram inside the church which are run by the Fathers and visitors can make use of that speciality.
Timing and Best Season to Visit St. Thomas Church, Azhikode
There is no season to visit any religious place and this church is like that also. The months of September to May holds an importance to religious ceremonies in this church and that does not mean that you should visit the church only during this time.
Timings of Visitors at St. Thomas Church, Azhikode: 9 am to 6 pm
Contact Details of The St. Thomas Church, Azhikode
Phone no: 0480 2819358
Address: Rev. Fr. Superior, Marthoma Pontifical Shrine, Marthoma Nagar, Azhikode Jetty P.O Thrissur - 680 666
How to Get to St. Thomas Church, Azhikode
The St. Thomas Church, Azhikode is 45 km away from Thrissur and 7 km to Kodungalur.
By Bus: Kodungallur is well connected by NH17 and there are many Kerala government buses and private buses that ply through this town and is well connected with nearby places. There are frequent buses from Kodungallur that ply through Azhikode route.
Nearby Railway station: Ernakulam - 30 km, and Thrissur - 38 km are the major railway stations close to Kodungallur town. Irinjalakuda railway station lies just 22 km away and the other railway station that is close is the Aluva railway station.
Nearby Airport: Cochin Nedumbassery International Airport - 35 km. The airport has well connected services to major cities of India and has many international services also.