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The cathedral of the first diocese in India.

It is believed that Christianity was introduced to India by Thomas the Apostle,
who is said to have reached the Malabar Coast of Kerala in 52 AD.

Christian communities developed and expanded further when
Portuguese missionaries arrived in the 13th and 14th centuries.

History of a few oldest dioceses in India as the cradle of Indian Christianity
can be dated back to the 15th century.

Find out which is the first diocese in India here.

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Archdiocese of Gandhinagar

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Archdiocese of Gandhinagar
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Gandhinagar is the capital of Gujarat state and one of the greenest cities in the world. The Church in Gandhinagar is relatively new with almost all the Christians being second or first generation. The Catholics here are mainly migrants and work in the government sector. The Unteshwari Mata shrine, one of the Marian shrines here, is a pilgrimage center where thousands throng for its annual dance festival.

Language

Gujarati is the main language spoken. Along with it, Bhili, English, Konkani, Malayalam and Tamil are in use.

Climate

Gandhinagar's temperature is always two to three degrees lower than its neighbouring districts.

Topography

Spread around 29,942 square kilometres, the diocese covering districts of Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Patan, Banaskantha and Sabarkantha.

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