Christianity in Kerala is almost as old as the Church itself and history traces back its origin to AD 52 when Apostle St. Thomas set foot on the shores of Kodungalloor. Syrian Christians of Kerala represents the oldest Christian community in India. The name, ‘Syrian’, has not much relevance with the country, Syria but is believed to be derived from ‘Cyrus’ the king of Persia (559-529 BC), who after conquering Babylon liberated the Jews and allowed them to return to Judea. ‘Syrian’ was equivalent to the term ‘Christian’ since early Jewish converts to Christianity believed that Cyrus resembled Christ, the liberator of captive mankind. The name spread quickly across the newly converted Christians of Mesopotamia, Persia and further east and was synonymous with those connected with the Church of Antioch at the very beginning of Christianity. The term ‘Syrian Church’ was referred in the epistle of St. Ignatius to the Romans in AD 107 and also to the churches in the East as far as India, which submitted to the ecclesiastical authority of the ancient capital of Syria. When the Dutch landed in Kerala, the first Christians that they came across were labeled ‘Syrian’ Christians and the distinction has come to stay.
Pullippadavil is one of the most ancient and reputed Syrian Christian families of Central Travancore with our ancestors having migrated from Kodungalloor to Kaduvettor in 1224 and from there in 1750 to Pullipidavil at Veeyapuram Kadapra as it was then known then and now called "Niranam West."
Some records of this period are maintained. “Pullippadavil Kudumbacharitram” was published in 1986 by the Kudumbayogam Committee and plans are on to publish an English edition of the same for the benefit of the younger generation who aspires to discover their roots.
- Annual meeting will be held on the last Saturday of every year.