Kochi is an enchanted city intricately blending folklore
with fact. Lured by the siren song of its spice-scented
shores, it has been an El Dorado for innumerable travellers
from distant lands. However, the secret of its wonder and
allure is that while its roots lie deep in a fabled past,
it has kept its finger on the pulse of today.
Kochi, earlier known as Cochin is built on several tiny
peninsulas and islands. It is the commercial and industrial
capital of Kerala, and has one of the finest natural harbours
in the eastern world.
Nowhere in the world would you find a conglomeration of
cultures and religions living side by side in total harmony.
Cochin boasts of the oldest Synagogue in the Common Wealth
Countries, the oldest church in India built by the Europeans,
the first European township in India moreover Cochin port
is one of the largest in India. Here, Vasco da Gama succeeded
where Columbus failed, and found the fabled sea route to
the Indies. Kochi's enormous, cantilevered Chinese fishing
nets are a legacy bequeathed to the city by one of the very
early visitors to the Malabar Coast, from the court of Kublai
Cochin referred, as the Venice of the east is the most cosmopolitan
city in the state. Kerala is a land of temples, in fact
once the only religion followed in this part of the world
was Jainism. The many architectural remains throughout the
state support this fact. The Cochin Shwetambar Murthipujak
Jain Temple located in Mattancherry, of which the main idol
of Shri Dharamnath (the 15th Tirthankar) is 1500 years old.
The idol belongs to the era of Samprati Maharaja who is
reputed to have installed millions of Jin Murthi in recorded
History. The Jain population in Cochin though is minuscule
it has played a significant part in shaping not only the
city's trade and commerce, but contributed greatly towards
an overall development in almost every field of human activity.
On completing the hundredth years of its existence the Jain
Shwetambar Murthipujak temple, has organised a series of
events starting from 8th of December 2004 to 13th December
2004. The details of the programme can be found in the shatabdi
section of this site.