Photographer's Note

This picture was shot from the terrace of my house. This is St Thomas Mount. This is about 3 Kms away from my home.

St Thomas, it`s believed, was the first Christian to set foot on Indian shores. One of the Christ`s Apostles [the famous Doubting Thomas], he arrived in India within a couple of decades of the crucifixion. Having landed on the Kerala coast, St. Thomas moved to what is now Chennai and is believed to have lived in a tiny cave atop this hill. Today asimple church built by the Portuguese in the 16th century forms the entranceto the cave which houses a large image of St. Thomas.

The other church, atopthe mount, was built much later to commemorate the `martyrdom` of St. Thomas. His remains are preserved in the San Thome Cathedral located near the southern end of the Marina Beach. The Cathedralthough is better known for its representation of Christ rising from a lotus, a fairly unique instance of the co-option of Hindu imagery for a Christian cause.

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