This is essentially a look into the various St.Thomas
crosses of the Nazaranee Christians of India,
particularly of Kerala. These Nazaranee Crosses appear
all of a sudden around the eighth
century without any previous existence in its current
form. Around the same period we see the
formation of the various forms of monotheistic advaitic
philosophies and the formation of the
religious forms today known as Hinduism.
This was the end of the Kalabhra Inter-regnum and the
occupation of the Vaishnava conquerrors in
the Southern India. Strangely enough, the St.Thomas
cross makes a connection with two
theologians who were invited to a special synod in
Quilon by the King of the region to deal with
some form of Saivite theology which also culminated in
the declaration of faith of the Christian
Church as the symbolic St.Thomas Cross. It also started
the age of Malabar Era.
Ever since that time the Nazranee Christians has been
using the Cross as their symbol projecting it
I have used only the known properties and history to
direct attention to their historical and
theological importance. No claim has been made for
originality in that direction. But evidently it
tells a story which is hidden and practically lost.
The question is why did it all start at that historical
point and why? Are Manikandan and
ManikaVachagar the key? Could the
Hypothesis by Dr. Burnell be just the reverse?