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Chethamangalam - where all the 4 religions reside side by side

Chethamangalam, Kerala, India is a paradise in more than one ways. Being a part of the amazing Kerala, this small village is iconic of communal harmony. Its immaculate cultural bonding and religious tolerance has remained untouched over the years. Chethamangalam forms one of the favorite places for the historians.

Chethamangalam and the history of its four religions

Chethamangalam is a village in the Ernakulam district, Kerala. It has not found a place in the list of historically well known places in Kerala, yet. In-spite of this fact, Chethamangalam has its own history brimming with interesting events waiting to be explored completely.

According to an old tale Chethamangalam was conceptualized in the 1600s by a tolerant Maharaja who wished to have all the four religious places – Hindu temple, Muslim mosque, Christian church, and Jewish synagogue - in one town. He assigned a site of construction for each one of them at the cardinal points, and a palace for his ministers on the hill which formed the crossing of the axis.

From ages now, people of all the four religions have been existing side-by-side displaying humanity and brotherhood towards other religions.

Chethamangalam as a tourist spot

All the four religious places of worship exist even till date with myriad stories to narrate. The temple with a simple structure has the most impressive site, and the mosque is of recent times. The church was destroyed by Tipu Sultan, and the ruins have attained a picturesque quality with the vegetable growth around.

The tale of the Jewish synagogue is most interesting as the historians believe it was built thrice, and what we get to see today is a restored synagogue. Earlier it was twice destroyed by fire. After the Jews migrated from Chethamangalam in the late 20th century, the government initiated the restoration work to safe guard this invaluable site of heritage.

Chethamangalam being a part of Kerala is awesome, full of scenic agricultural terrain. One can visit it to savor the village life. It is an emblem of secularity as a part of the whole, i.e. Kerala, and still at large, India.