Welcome to Our Archdiocese of Trichur
According to strong and living tradition, St. Thomas the Apostle of Christ landed at Kodungalloor (Cranganore), the capital of the then Chera Empire in the year 52 A.D. Persians, Greeks and Romans found Kodungalloor, which was also known as Mussiris or Mahadevarpattanam, at present situated in the District of Trichur, as an important centre for their trade.
St. Thomas preached the Gospel and founded churches wherever he went. According to tradition, the first place of his apostolate was Palayur, the most ancient shrine of the Arch eparchy of Trichur. Palayur had a Jewish colony from pre-Christian era onwards until last few centuries. Trichur can, therefore, rightly be called "the Cradle of Christianity in India".