Medak Church –
The biggest church in the Asia situated in Medak District of Telangana, Built in a span of 10 years (1914 – 1924) under the today’s concept of “Food for work program”. This church was the brain child of Charles Walker Posnett, a missionary from the “English Wesleyan Methodist Mission”. The church is built near to a hillock that has been fortified in the times of Kakatiya, one can see its remains from the main road.
Medak Cathedral is the largest of all churches in Telangana. The Cathedral also sees over the Diocese of Medak, which is the single largest diocese in Asia and the second largest diocese in the world. It was consecrated on 25 December 1924. Built by the British Wesleyan Methodists, the Cathedral is now under the jurisdiction of the Church of South India.
The cathedral was built under the stewardship of Reverend Charls Walker Posnett who was driven by the motto My best for my Lord. Rev. Posnett arrived in Secunderabad in 1895. He first ministered among the British soldiers at Trimullghery. Unsatisfied with the army work, he launched forth into villages. In the year 1896, Rev. Charles Walker Posnett visited a village called Medak and built a bungalow there by staying in dock bungalow. There was no railway route to Medak in those days. The journey of 60 miles (97 km) from Hyderabad had to be done on horseback and Rev. Posnett could do it in a day. There were then hardly two hundred Christians in the whole of Medak area. When he came to Medak, there was a small tiled house as the place of worship. As the number of Christians increased, he felt the need for expanding the church building. Rev.Posnett soon raised a moderate structure on that very spot just enough for the Christian community within the Mission Compound in the traditional shape of a church. He thought it was not a worthy place for divine worship. He started building the present Cathedral in 1914 on a sprawling 1,000 acres (4.0 km²) of land in Ghusnabad area. The foundations for the new church were laid in the beginning of the year 1914.During the early part of the 20th century, Medak district was reeling under famine and Rev. Posnett in order to provide succour to the suffering masses gave the masses employment in the construction of the church in stead of running a free kitchen. The construction wonk on the cathedral went on for 10 years. The cathedral was consecrated in 1924 by Rev. Posnett expressing his grateful thanks to God for mitigating the sufferings of the people.
The Medak Church is renowned for its large pointed stained glass windows that tell the story of the Bible in a kaleidoscope of colors though visible only in solar light. Made of Italian tiles, the spired bell tower of Medak Church rises to 175 feet high. The length & width of the Cathedral is 200 feet and 100 feet respectively. The roof of thechurch is sound proof being made by hollow sponge material and has an impressive style of vaulting. A window depicts the birth scene of Jesus, angels, Prophet or Issaiah, Mary and astrologers. The left side of the church bears the painted crucification scene and in the center the ascension of Jesus is painted bright. Each window is made up of several bits of stained glass delicately set into the massive stone windows. The window to the north which offers a canopy to the altar is awesome. The church has enough space to accommodate 5000 people at a time in its huge dimension.
There are six different colors of mosaic tiles that were imported from England and used in the church’s flooring. This magnificent white granite structure not only stands for peace but a great example of Gothic architecture in India and South-east Asia.
- Sunday General Service – 9:30 am
- Sunday Morning Service – 7 am
The cathedral is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm for public viewing and silent prayer.
Travel Information :
By Air : Hyderabad (100 km) is the nearest airport to Medak.
By Train : Kamareddy (60 km) is the nearest railhead to Medak. And Secunderabad (100 km).
By Bus : Medak church is 100 Km from Hyderabad. This place is accessible by plenty of buses from Secunderabad and Hyderabad Bus Stations. One can also drive to this place to get a feel of the village environment.