According to tradition, Christianity in
India was established by St. Thomas, who arrived in Malankara (Kerala) from Edessa in A.D. 52. The Church in Malankara has
had close ties with the Church in the Near East ever since. The ties between the Church in Malankara and the Near East
formalized and strengthen by, when under the leadership of the merchant Thomas of Cana and 72 families (around 400 odd persons comprising men, women and children, reached Cragananore (Kodungalloore).
The group consisted of the Bishop Mor Joseph of Edessa as well as some priests and deacons) traveled and migrated to India and met Christians
there by AD 345.
PATRIARCH OF ANTIOCH AND ALL
Supreme Head of the Universal
Syrian Orthodox Church
122nd successor of St.Peter in the Apostolic See of Antioch
H.B. BASELIOS THOMAS I
President of the Malankara Episcopal Synod & the Metropolitan Trustee of the Church in India
H.G Thomas Mor Themothious
Metropolitan - Kottayam Diocese