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Religious History


Christianity and Islam came to Kerala through the Thrissur district. The arrival of foreigners created a favourable atmosphere for Christianity. The headquarters of all Churches of Kerala is located in the district. Orthodox Syrian Churc, Knanaya Catholic Church, Latin Catholic Church and the Church of South India have their headquarters in Kottayam. Arch Bishop of Changanassery who follows the Syro-Malabar rites has his headquarters at Changanassry. The Bishop of Knanaya Jacobite and the Church Mission Society have their headquarters at Chingavanom and Kurichy respectively. The message of Islam too reached in the district during 7th Century A.D. Communal harmony and religious tolerance are the significant characteristics of the people of the district.

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