Kerala’s Alappuzha church backs BJP for ‘saving’ historic shrine from demolition

A 1000-year-old Christian church in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, which was to be demolished for the widening of a nationwide freeway, is now set to be declared a protected monument.

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church credit BJP chief Dr R Balashankar for “saving” the St George Orthodox Church at Cheppad together with his “well timed intervention” within the matter, and has urged folks to vote for the BJP chief, who’s prone to contest from Chengannur meeting seat within the upcoming elections.

At the moment, CPI (M) legislator Saji Cheriyan represents Chengannur constituency.

On Thursday, Orthodox Church spokesman Fr Johns Abraham Konat stated the Church head Baselios Marthoma Paulose II needed the devoted to steer clear of partisan political pursuits and vote for Balashankar, co-convener, BJP nationwide coaching programme.

“If Balashankar shouldn’t be voted to victory, it could be ungratefulness. The Prime Minister had intervened within the situation of the Cheppad church, which had been subsequently handed over to the Archaeology Division, and thus the choice to demolish the church had been scrapped.”

Fr Konat added: “It was Balashankar who gave a brave management on this effort to guard the historic church. He’s the BJP candidate in Chengannur, the place the Orthodox Church is an influential drive. When the LDF and UDF fronts evaded the problem with out rendering any assist for safeguarding the church, it was Balashankar who, like a Church member, intervened.’’

The St George Orthodox Church, Cheppad, is believed to be in-built AD 1050. The church has 47 mural work, of Thirteenth-century origin, which have been preserved over the centuries. Apart from, nineteenth century Malankara Metropolitan Philipose Mar Dionysius is buried right here.

Based on the widening alignment determined by NHAI, the church was to be demolished and orders on this regard had been issued.

Sources stated the Church has raised the problem earlier than political events, together with the BJP, during the last a number of years. It was solely final month that the problem got here to the discover of Balashankar, who took steps to convey the matter to the discover of Union Minister for Street Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari.

Subsequently, officers of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) inspected the church, and acknowledged that the church is likely one of the rarest in Kerala, having conventional architectural patterns with uncommon and exquisite mural work on the partitions of the altar

“Contemplating the historic, artwork and architectural significance of the church, this workplace intends to guard the church as a centrally protected monument of nationwide significance. It’s, subsequently, knowledgeable that the current alignment of the NH could please be modified to guard this historic church and its precious mural work,’’ the ASI added.

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