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In Photos | A Peek into Tamil Nadu’s Christian Past

Dotting the coasts of India's southernmost state are elaborate churches and remnants of little-known Christian traditions.

Tamil Nadu is known for its grand temples and architecture, classical dances and soulful Carnatic music. But also dotting the coasts of the state are cultural remnants of a little-known Christian pasts. In the tiny hamlets and fishing villages along the country’s southernmost coast are elaborate churches and communities that still practice a way of life—filled with unique traditions and local legends, from Mother Mary in a yellow saree to the stories of the cave-dwelling Saint Xavier—brought here as early as the A.D. 63.



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  • Deepti Asthana loves to tell stories of cultures and traditions of far-away regions. When not traveling, she can be found in Mumbai snuggling with her dog.

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