St. Thomas Mount Church St. Thomas Mount Chennai Tamil Nadu
Presentation by Veeraswamy Krishnaraj Text from Wikipedia
St. Thomas Mount
னத தமர ம
) is a small hillock located inChennai,Tamil Nadu,India. Located near the
neighbourhood of Guindyand very close to Chennai International Airport, St. Thomas Mount isassociated withSt. Thomas, theapostleof Christ, who is believed to have been martyred here.
The mount was originally named as
in Tamil (meaning the Big Mount), but is nowcommonly called inTamil
, colloquially meaning "Mountain of Foreigner".Indian Christians trace the origin of their church to the Apostle of St.Thomas who had lived herein Chennai till his martyrdom nearly 2000 years ago.
Over a period of time, this partof Chennai was populated predominantly byAnglo-Indian. A serene and beautiful relic-filledchurch built in 1523 by thePortuguesestands on top of this 300-foot hillock.Pope John Paul II
visited St. Thomas Mount on 5 February 1986.The Indian Army operates an Officer Training Academy (OTA) at the bottom of the mount. TheSouthern line of theChennai suburban railwayhas a station named after St. Thomas Mount here.
St. Thomas Postage Stamps
In 1972, to commemorate the nineteenth centenary of the martyrdom, theGovernment of India Department of Post and Telegraphs released a postage stamp depicting the picture of thebleeding cross of St. Thomas Mount. Earlier, in 1964, the Post and Telegraph department of