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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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Diocese of Hosur

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Diocese of Hosur
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The eparchy of Hosur includes the northern part of Tamil Nadu state, where there are around 50,000 Syro-Malabar faithful in Chennai and another 15,000 in the nearby Chingleput, Dharmapuri, Vellore and Pondicherry. Their pastoral care is entrusted to 22 priests, from the eparchy of Irinjalakuda, and responsible for 44 pastoral centres. There are also religious women, who manage eight schools.

Despite the concentration of the Syro-Malabar faithful in Chennai, the new eparchy is having its See in the city of Hosur.


National Highway AH43 passes through Hosur connecting it with Bangalore, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Palakkad and Salem.

State-run TNSTC Salem division buses connect Hosur to major cities in Tamil Nadu and neighboring states.

Hosur has a railway station and is well connected to major cities across the country.

Aerodrome in Hosur was established in 1994. It has 7012 feet long and 150 feet wide runway.

The nearest major airport is the Bengaluru International Airport, about 80 km from Housr.


Hosur experiences a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Due to its high elevation, Hosur usually enjoys salubrious and moderate climate throughout the year, with occasional heat waves. The coolest month is January with an average low temperature of 17.1 °C and the hottest month is May with an average high temperature of 33.6 °C.


Hosur is an industrial hub and houses several automobile and manufacturing firms. Fruits and vegetables are also cultivated around Hosur. The land is very fertile and there is significant access to fresh water. Roses are also grown in large numbers.

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