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Diocese of Palghat

Diocese of Palghat

Language

Malayalam, English and Tamil are the spoken languages in the diocese.

History

The diocese of Palghat was established in 1974, bifurcating the then diocese of Trichur. The diocese encompasses the Palakkad district of Kerala, and Coimbatore, Karur, and Erode districts of Tamil Nadu. In 1974, Mar Joseph Irimpen was appointed as the first bishop of the diocese of Palghat. Mar Joseph Irimpen retired as bishop in 1994. In 1996, Mar Jacob Manathodath was appointed bishop of Palghat diocese, and has been serving as bishop since.

Climate

The climate of the Palakkad is tropical. During dry weather, hot winds blow from the plains of Coimbatore through the Palakkad gap. Palakkad gets uniform rainfall as well.

Geography

The diocese of Palghat was established in 1974, bifurcating the then diocese of Trichur. The diocese encompasses the Palakkad district of Kerala, and Coimbatore, Karur, and Erode districts of Tamil Nadu. In 1974, Mar Joseph Irimpen was appointed as the first bishop of the diocese of Palghat. Mar Joseph Irimpen retired as bishop in 1994. In 1996, Mar Jacob Manathodath was appointed bishop of Palghat diocese, and has been serving as bishop since.

Economy

Palakkad is one of the main granaries of Kerala and its economy is primarily agricultural. Agriculture engages more than 65 per cent of the workers and 88.9 per cent of the district's population is rural in nature. The proximity and easy approach to Tamil Nadu have caused the admixture of Malayalam and Tamil culture, here. This district is perhaps the foremost in fostering Carnatic music. Great musicians like Chembai Vaidyanatha Bhagavathar and Palakkad Mani Iyer, who have enriched carnatic music by their contributions, hailed from this district.

Topography

Palakkad lies between north latitude 10° 46` and 10° 59` and east longitude 76° 28` and 76° 39` Revenue districts: Palakkad in Kerala, Coimbatore, Karur and Erode in Tamil Nadu.

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