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Religions in Kerala

Ancient religion in Kerala was Dravidian in Nature. Jainism reached Kerala in 3rd century BC.  The famous Koodalmanikyam Temple at Irinjalikkuda dedicated to Bharata was a famous Jain temple.  It is assumed that Buddhism reached Kerala during the period of Asoka in the 3 rd century BC.  The Sangham work Manimekhalai mentions about the spread to Buddhism in Kerala.  A large number of Buddha images have been found from kunnathur and karunagappally taluk of quilon district.  Famous Buddhist images Karumadikuttan has been discovered from karumadi near ambalappuzha.  Buddhism began to decline from the 8 th century AD.  Christianity was introduced in Kerala in the first century AD (52 AD) by St. Thomas.  St. Thomas founded seven churches in Kerala, ie Malankara, Palayur, Kottakavu, Kokkamangalam, Quilon, Niranam and Nilakkal.  St. Thomas Christians were called Syrian Christians.  The Jews came to kerala in 68 AD and first landed at kodungallur.  The white Jewish synagogue at mattancherri was built in 1567.  After the birth of Jewish state of Israel in May 1948 the Jews in Kerala migrated to Israel.  Islam was introduced to Kerala probably in 644 AD by Malik Ibn Dinar. He founded the cheraman mosque at kodungallur.  One and only Muslim ruling dynasty in Kerala was the Arakkal Dynastry. It had its centre at Kannur. The ruler of this dynasty is a male he is known as Ali Raja and female is known as Arackal Beevi.

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