History of Kadamattom Church
Kadamattom Church is believed to have established in the 9th Century AD. There is no concrete evidence for the exact date of the establishment of the church but historians believe it was built before AD 650.
The church and the property was a gift by the ‘Karthas’, the then prominent family of Kadamattom. One of the children in the family caught a disease which could be neither identified nor cured by the local doctors. ‘Mar Sabor’ (also known as Mar Abo), a Middle Eastern monk from Syrian Orthodox Church reached Kadamattom at the same time. He cured the disease and as a result the delighted Karthas provided him with land to construct the church in the form in which it stands now.
Structure of Kadamattom Church
On entering the church, on the left there is a photo of ‘Mar Abo Metropolitan’, the Reverend Paulose, alias the legendary Kadamattom Kathanar’s mentor. A Persian cross can be seen on the right wall of the ‘Madhbaha’ or ‘Holy of Holies’, having four equal arms with ancient writings inscribed. The tombstone of ‘Mar Thoma IX’ (Formerly Pakalomattom Iype Kathanar) lies on the left side just outside the ‘Madhbaha’. Another unique thing about the church is the door lock. There is a well that lies near the church. The Kathanar’s devotees, mostly non-Christians, throw in chicken, money and bottles of liquor into the well as mark of respect and gratitude.
Festivals at Kadamattom Church
Kadamattom feast is one of the major festivals observed during the January - February period. It marks the death anniversary of the legendary priest.
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