Chennai, India St. Thomas Cathedral and Shiva

St Thomas Cathedral, Chennai

Caravaggio: Doubting ThomasThomas, the saint of doubters, is depicted in Caravaggio’s vivid  painting at the moment of his  belief of the resurrection  of Christ as he  inserted his finger  into the wound on Christ’s side.Thomas  was the first missionary for Christ in India where he served, was martyred, and buried in his adopted home. One guide told us that Southern India is 20 % Christian with a mix of Catholic and Protestant believers.  St. Thomas’  church in Chennai is one of only three in the world where relics of the  original disciples of Christ are under the alter.  These churches are  St. Thomas Mount, in Chennai,  St. Peter’s in Rome, and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. 100_3207100_3206100_3205Chennai, is the current Indian name to the city that was Madras under the English. Some of you might remember the wonderful plaid cloth from the 60’s with  the same name that bled when it was  washed.  This modern city  has a prosperous atmosphere and  is  cleaner than most Indian city streets, a more organized  plan, trash trucks , but of course the proverbial poverty here and there tucked in the shadows.  There are many international  business firms, high rise apartment buildings and prominent hotels.  But of course there are rickshaws and buffaloes wandering through the streets , but fewer than we were used to.  We visited the Chennai palace which is now a museum where  we saw wonderful bronze statues including  the very famous Shiva’s Cosmic Dance.  Shiva is the creator god and this is the mythology of the creation of the  beginning of the cosmos.

Do you have a favorite painter?  Have you been to the south of India?  Chennai? 

About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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3 Responses to Chennai, India St. Thomas Cathedral and Shiva

  1. Paul Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.


  2. Pingback: Chennai. . . .Southern Indian City with 10,000,000 souls. . . . . | TalesAlongTheWay

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