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Incredible Medak- Church of World’s Second Largest Diocese నవంబర్ 5, 2007

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Church that needs to be cherished

The solid white granite Medak Church, standing tall at 173 feet, may be part of the ‘Incredible India ‘ campaign, but it is in a state of utter neglect, says Sapna Kaushik

As a visitor exits out of the city from Hyderabad airport, a large photograph beckons him. It is a picture of the Medak Church that is put up as part of the ‘Incredible India’ campaign.

In a sense, it reflects how the church is being promoted or not being marketed by tourism officials. “Shouldn’t it be in the arrival lounge rather than being in the exit lounge?” asks a visitor.

Not surprising then that there are hardly any visitors to the church. On an average, only 25-odd visitors come to the church a day for a dekko. But on Sunday, this could swell to 2,000, with two sermons being conducted in the church. Most visitors are from nearby Zaheerabad, Bidar, Nizamabad, Nalgonda, Warangal and Mahbubnagar district.

The church is a mere two-hour drive off National Highway 7 from Hyderabad. Though it is part of the Incredible India campaign launched last year, very little has been done to maintain the church that owes its name to ‘methukulu’ (meaning rice in Telugu), which is why the place is also called Medak.

In 1896, when the district was struck by famine, Rev. Charles Walker Posnett, a missionary, evolved the ‘food for work’ programme. If villagers contributed to building the church, they could in turn earn food. That set the ball rolling for this renowned Gothic structure.

From 1914 to 1924, the farmers toiled to erect the church and Thomas Edward Harding, the architect, left no stone unturned in building the cathedral. For the floor, tiles from famous potteries were shipped from England. Then, Italian workmen were brought from Bombay to lay them. The tile’s design is an intricate one in six colours — red, brown, black, yellow, chocolate and grey. The marble on the chancel floor and the reredos behind the Holy communion is from Italy.

What sets the Church apart are the three stained glass windows, created by Sir Frank O’ Salisbury of London. They constitute ‘the gospel trilogy’ in art — the nativity, the crucifixion and the ascension. Made of solar glass, the windows appear in all their glory when its bright and sunny. All the stained glass windows have inscriptions in English, Hindi and Telugu. The Hindi inscription came later, at the instance of Vijaylakshmi Pandit, sister of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who felt that the national language must find a mention on the stained glass.

The church, the single largest diocese in Asia and the second largest in the world after the Vatican , is built in solid white granite. The tower is 173 feet high, with four pinnacles. If it hadn’t been for the Nizam, the church would have been taller. Old-timers say that when the cathedral was to be built, the Nizam had one condition, that the church should not be taller than the Charminar

The sprawling church compound has 13 institutions, which include a B.Ed college, a junior college, hostels for boys and girls, an old age home, an office to take care of properties and an agricultural centre.

Father Dhanraj, who’s writing a book on the history of churches rues: “Fifty years back, there was a 100-bed hospital in the church premises. Now, it is in bad shape. There was a seminary too, where pastors would be trained. Now, since pastors are trained in Hyderabad, so it is of no use.”

Bhaskar Benny, an advocate of the AP high court says: “As per the Church of South India (CSI) constitution, the Bishop should stay in the vicinity and supervise the Church’s maintenance. However, the present Bishop, B P Sugandhar is staying at the Wesley Boys college premises.”

The church’s ceiling, a soundproof one, now has gaping holes. Due to this, birds frequent the place dirtying it. The pipe organ, also from London, is lying unused because officials at the Church rue that there is hardly anyone who can repair it. However, Father Dhanraj feels that there are enough musicians who can repair the pipe organ. The last time that the organ was used was 30 years ago.

At the gallery, bats hover around and their droppings are all over the place. Some of the old Victorian lights are broken, but their glass hasn’t been replaced, the Father adds.

The pilgrim rest centre, a few yards away from the church, is housed in an old, dilapidated building. It wasn’t like this earlier. Suvarna Rao, a lay member of the Medak diocese, says that members of the church would stay there. But now, since they don’t, there’s hardly any maintenance. However, Rev Wilson, presbyter-in-charge of the church, says steps are being taken to maintain the church. “A mix of coconut oil and kerosene is used to clean the stained glass and the tiles. While the glass is cleaned once a week, the tiles are maintained on a daily basis. A proposal to stone wash the granite, loosely called glasswool, is also on the anvil.”

But, Father Dhanraj feels that from time to time, the metal part must to be painted and needs a special oil application. Adds Rao: “In the cellar, there is an extra stained glass piece and is hardly maintained. Ironically, it is meant to replace any of the stained glasses, in case they break.”

M Balasubramaniam Reddy, joint director of Andhra Pradesh tourism, asserts that the Church is being promoted as a tourist attraction. “A guest house has been built for tourists. A museum which will explain the Church’s history is also being built.”

Meanwhile, questions are being raised on the availability of funds. Rao says that though the state government wanted to take up maintenance of the church, current Bishop, B P Sugandhar, wanted the funds to be transferred to the Medak church.

“Two years back, Bishop Presely’s (first Bishop of Medak diocese) grandson visited the Church and gave funds. However, none of that has been used,” he adds. Bishop Sugandhar was unavailable for comment, recuperating in a hospital in Vellore.

Despite claims and counter claims, to an onlooker, the structure and its surrounding areas definitely need an overhaul. Maybe then, the Church would justify finding a mention at the entry and not in the airport’s exit lounge!


source: Times of India – Hyderabad Aug 03, 2007


1. The Rev Shashikant Christian - నవంబర్ 28, 2007

It is wonderful place of worship. i was ordained there by the Most Rt Rev Dr B P Sungandhar in 2001. More than visitors to the cathedral it is place of worshippers who worship Jesus there and hear His word being expound and taught. Praise God.

2. swarna - ఫిబ్రవరి 25, 2008
3. abishikta varma - మార్చి 23, 2008

a sacred heaven created by GOD.

4. Vivek - ఏప్రిల్ 17, 2008

See this just awesome!

5. Kiran - జూన్ 17, 2008

Home of Jesus Christ.

6. Kiran - ఆగస్ట్ 20, 2008

This is kiran,
Medak Church is a Palace of Living God, Holy Place of Christ,
• Want Peace? Clouse you’re Eye’s & sit on Floor
• Patient? Drop you’re Tear,
• Poor? Drop you’re Coin,
• Sinner? Bend you’re kneel,

This is my practical experience with Medak church.

అనామకం - మార్చి 29, 2013

Yes truely…….Awesome experience……be BLESSED with more of YAHWE’s in your future…..May God bless you in everything you do…….

7. borugadda nireekshana kumar - నవంబర్ 12, 2008

medak is a beautiful and spiritual place. Holy place of Christ.

8. HydBlogger - జనవరి 30, 2009

Very nice article. I have visited the Church and it is indeed lovely. too bad that not many know about the place. And its so near to Hyderabad!

9. అనామకం - మే 22, 2009

jus navigate it…??
from bv raju clg…how to reach…??

shobha - డిసెంబర్ 26, 2011

pls go to hyderbad form there go balanagar no of
busses is there to go chruch it nears 80kms from

అనామకం - మార్చి 29, 2013

From bv raju clg to narsapur take left and go straight nearly to 50 kms. wl reach to the correct point medak….

10. tinku - మే 22, 2009

jus navigate it…??
from bv raju clg…how to reach…??

11. winner - ఆగస్ట్ 3, 2009

The Church is in ruins, and is there anyone who understands the hardship, the labour poured around to built such an artifact, now there is nothing to boast about it, and there are none to take care of it, even Sugandhar, he is not worthy to be called Most Rev or Bishop, because of atrocities, a cruel man, and selfish, he and his son are cruely, wickedly selling all the lands of the Churchs for their needs, however judgment is only by God. may God save Sugandhar.

12. Pilli Joshua. - ఆగస్ట్ 16, 2009

Medak church is lofty church in AP India. I have visited that church thrice and I had different experiences on each visit. The specialty of that church is stain glassed window inside the church. I am proud to be a member of Church of South India and it is a great privilege that I am serving as a Honorary Organist in CSI Wesley Church Malkajgiri.

Pilli Joshua.
Working as medical language specialist with Medwrite India LTD

13. kumar.goli - నవంబర్ 28, 2009

I am kumar goli from U S A

medak church is a wonderful construction.

14. I P Kumar - డిసెంబర్ 28, 2009

I am very happy to see thisartical. I born and bought up in medak and from my childhood till now when ever i see this church i am finding some thing new. People in medak changed alot every day morning prayers and evening prayer meeting and going to remote villages for preaching youth is coming up with new ideas totally place is changed holy and prayerfull. u will find friendly people over there. i feel Govt should support more to promote this church to every cornor of the world. i am proud to be a daughter of medak and my parent are church workers. And most important thing is that . Have faith and go inside the church what ever u ask u will get. i never want to miss christmas, New year Watch night service and easter Sun Rise service. I am request every one who see this message make some time and go on this special occastions.

15. Rev.Father Peter E.M.Beach,St Johns,Olney, Maryland ,20853,USA - జనవరి 2, 2010

I wa ordained at Medak in 1958 by the then Canon Phollips and Bishop of Medak. He was frail and elderly and had long since retired but was brought ourt of retirement to replace an Indian Canon, who shall be namelss, who was sadly found wanting just before his enthroning.
Bishop Phillips had no car so my wife and I and little girl, Janina, drove him the 100 kilometers to his enthroning and helped him walk around this huge building, crook in hand to knock on the door. We later climbed the tower. How sad it is in disprepair. I would love to corresponnd with anyone from that time. (1957-61}

Rev. Gunti Suresh Kumar - మార్చి 28, 2011

hi Rev. Father Peter,nice to hear that u r ordained in medak cathedral. im an ordained minister of c.s.i. at medak cathedral in 2002. at present im in u.s.a on a visit in virginia. u may give ur contact number
suresh kumar.,703-889-0394

16. NaresH Kumar - ఫిబ్రవరి 12, 2010

I born in Medak dist.Even though I am a hindu I visited church many times.It is the wonderful contruction i ever saw.

17. Pagadala Roopavenugopal - మార్చి 4, 2010

This is Roopavenugopal
We went to Medak Church is a Palace of Living God, Holy Place of Christ not only that we felt all gods are residing in one roof.

We felt very happy and blessed

18. lavanya - ఏప్రిల్ 19, 2010

i trust church especially medhak church i like.its powerfull and meracle church.i reached my aims becose the church power.i love that church.iam the one believer

Rev. Suresh - జనవరి 16, 2013

hi lavanya, were you a student at polytechnic medak in 2002???

19. bde christopher - ఏప్రిల్ 20, 2010

iam the medak diocese ministrial candate .iam proud of my mother church.i want to do service in medak,

20. ghanta lavanya - జూన్ 18, 2010

ghanta lavanya pls pray for me everyone i have mci exam.i trust medhak churh.

21. praveenjoseph - జూలై 1, 2010

I want to know about the medak church

22. mike semple - ఆగస్ట్ 5, 2010

Lovely looking church and the stained glass looks amazing.

23. ramesh akkala - అక్టోబర్ 14, 2010

hiiiiiiiii medak friends iam also one of the medeak person best of luck all of u

24. VICTOR EMMANUEL PARIKI - అక్టోబర్ 24, 2010


25. Kusini Bhaskara Rao - అక్టోబర్ 31, 2010

Greeting to u in the name of our Lord & Saviour “JESUS CHRIST”. Being an Indian I am very happy & pround of my Country because Indian have a great achievement & historical place (No.1 in entire Asian Khandam) Church in “MEDAK”. really it is the holy land… Name & fame of “Jesus Christ” in so many (Lakhs of) peoples are “Koniyadabadu chunnaru”… visted peoples all are blessed by the Jesus Christ they are “Dhanyulu”. I am only vieing through net… bless me Jesus… visit once directly along with my family (it is my life ambision).. thanq very much 4 internet services. thought is very great thing. once again thanks to creat website in internet services.
God Bless Me & U……

26. Rev fr prasad - నవంబర్ 14, 2010

hi i am Rev fr. prasad i have not seen the church of meddak but heard abt it. i am very proud of it to be build in india. since i am indian. thank the lord to helpe people more and more to reach that place for prayer.

27. అనామకం - డిసెంబర్ 10, 2010



This is to inform you that our Christian community was worshipping at CSI Christ Church south lallaguda since 1927 in the land and the church building allotted and constructed by the railways. As the permission for reconstruction of the church is unduly delayed by the railway authorities, we are under going great hardship and the worshippers are deprived of a place for worship. At present we are forced to conduct regular prayers and worship under temporary sheds and tents. Request you all to conduct special prayers in your church to protect the church premises of CSI Christ Church lallaguda and for securing early permission from the railway authoriteies for the construction of the church.


28. kishore - డిసెంబర్ 15, 2010

what are the calender events of this month dec-2010 at medak church

29. sandeep - ఫిబ్రవరి 7, 2011

I like to live in medak. it is awounder church in the world. when you pray to god in tha church then and ther you wii receive tha answer.Its true if u have intarest then go now you n will see the science and wounders.

30. Indira Burani Feb 22 2011 - ఫిబ్రవరి 22, 2011

I feel proud to claim that I am part of this great church as I am the product of Medak diocese. A diocese which was served sincerely by my
grandparents & parents.An awesome church indeed.

Charles Kuthuru-Phila,US - ఫిబ్రవరి 22, 2011

How lovely is your tabernacle O LORD of hosts! Ps 84:1
May all people who acquaint with this great historical magnificent place keep it holy & blessing for everyone now & to the future generations.

అనామకం - అక్టోబర్ 25, 2011

hai indiara,
very happy to know about your product. I too am the
product of this church. Hope we can find the truth
of this historical Church. If intrested pls send the
reply bye with sweet hopes

31. G Sreevaran - మార్చి 15, 2011

I have visited this church in 1980. A magnificent one. The dome was not painted but attachment of glass pieces. I also remember this is a replica of another in west. And Mother Teresa was the chairman of the trust. Please correct me if I am wrong

32. అనామకం - జూలై 16, 2011

medak is the only place wer i feel my self away frm hell,discourages,hates,sins,etc.i mean its a touching places of holy spirit from god.its my greatness to watch such a unwordless treasure of god in my generation i mean in my life specially thanks god for givin us an oppurtunity to see these kind of things with my eyes but ya guys our people does’nt get der brains forever they lost der brains frm the day they got addicted to damn money and corruption.nd ya guys some atleast action shuld be taken by the main people check it up friends our people will start one day protecting that thing of god

33. Gopalrao - జూలై 24, 2011

The church was Soooooooooooo Greaat.
War a beautiful Church
Amazing great

34. vijay - ఆగస్ట్ 29, 2011

god is great. i love my god. medak church is my only favourite place

35. madhavi - సెప్టెంబర్ 7, 2011


36. mulki uttam kumar - సెప్టెంబర్ 13, 2011

this is mulki uttam kumar.i’m proud to say that i’m living in church compound,behind wesely school.it is a beautiful church in the continent.i wish the people in the world to visit this church. god bless u. jesus never fails

37. swarat - అక్టోబర్ 21, 2011

i want to take picture from inside of the church..any help rgd. this whom need to contact or take permission

38. karunakar - అక్టోబర్ 27, 2011

my beautifull hometown medak ………………….

39. Raj - డిసెంబర్ 22, 2011

I spent my childhood in Medak town. I am honestly saying that this is a place to visit. Though I am not a Christian, I used to frequently visit the Church ..

40. అనామకం - జనవరి 7, 2012

My Name is Srinivas and I have visited this church with my Friend( who is no more a Friend to me) more than 13 times.I was wonder struck with the beauty of this church and was in AWE for its serentity and calm atmosphere.
i would love to visit again if i get an opprutune moment

41. srinivas pulla - జనవరి 18, 2012

most powerful church in the world construction is very good

42. bharathi - జనవరి 19, 2012

Hai i live in hyderabad.I want to participate in the Sunday worship of our Lord Jesus.IBut i don’t know the timings.If anyone knows could you please tell me?i couldn’t find in any of the websites.I want to visit on sunday.please please ….help me to participate in the sunday worship….bharathi

rosy - ఫిబ్రవరి 5, 2012

hi, Bharathi my name is Rosy and i live in hyderabad, you want participate in sunday worship, there are many churches in hyderabad ex kukatpally Calvary, secunderabad God of assemble(ag’s) and worship starts from 7:30am.9:30am and 11:30am you can attend any of these service. ok bey take care.

Abhinav - సెప్టెంబర్ 1, 2012

Hi Bharathi,

I guess I’m giving the answer after very long time of your post… But any how, you can come down to Calvary temple at Metro gardens, Kukatpally here are the timings of Calvary Temple
6.00 AM – 8.30 AM
9.00 AM – 11.30 AM
12.00 PM – 2.30 PM
6.00 PM – 8.30 PM

Thank you.

Rev. Suresh - జనవరి 16, 2013

the worship timings at medak cathedral
First sunday one service 9am
other sunday:
morning 7 am
morning 9:30 am
wish you all the blessings

43. satthi@yahoo.com - ఫిబ్రవరి 5, 2012

Any good churches preach in English in Shaikpet, Hyderabad. Provide addresses and contacts.

44. Akhil dharma - ఫిబ్రవరి 17, 2012

Hi this is Akhil. I am from Warangal.i love Medak church. Recently came to know its importance, and love very much.

45. mulki uttam kumar - మార్చి 5, 2012

Hi, it’s vry good to serve poor people and i never forget the day 04/4/2012.

Eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality. [Romans 2:7] PRAISE THE LORD

46. wilson.ch - మార్చి 9, 2012

Incredible Medak- Church of World’s Second Largest Diocese we love this church and Diocese

47. prasanna kumar - మే 6, 2012

great…..praise the lord…..

48. అనామకం - మే 11, 2012

very great must visit

49. అనామకం - మే 11, 2012


అనామకం - మార్చి 29, 2013

wen it is run by the theifs….y cant you pray……for the thiefs…..never judge anyone plz…..for one day u also will be judged……………..God bless you…..B SAVED…….

50. john gadi - మే 27, 2012

Awesome today i have visited …

51. chandravadhan - మే 31, 2012

very good powerful church in the c s i diocese i am very happy that ……

52. అనామకం - జూన్ 24, 2012

Beautiful Church. Visited today! Very peaceful and full of history.

53. Nyatha kumar - ఆగస్ట్ 16, 2012

It is a god place and its very beautiful church, and most think kila also very nice place

54. raju.singarapu(david) - ఆగస్ట్ 28, 2012

oh god ,
this place is like me
blessing me

55. raju.singarapu(david) - ఆగస్ట్ 28, 2012

nenu systemlo
watch chestunna prabhuva
nijamuga chuse bhagyam dayacheyandi………..amen

56. raju.singarapu(david) - ఆగస్ట్ 28, 2012

please , any believer
prayer me ( vanamalakanaparthy (v),hanamkonda (m),warangal-506003 91*9704109813.

అనామకం - మార్చి 29, 2013

Halo, David ive prayed for you……thanx for your blessings…..wishes…..and i pray dat God may bless you more abundantly……..dat you serve HIM forever in your life time……Bro……..hv nice time wd God everytime……

57. Abhinav - సెప్టెంబర్ 1, 2012

Hi guys,
I am Abhinav, I want to visit Medak Cathedral on the coming Sunday. Can anybody let me know the timing of the services conducted in the church.

Thank you,

58. gazula karunananandam - అక్టోబర్ 2, 2012

I request Medak Cathedral Pastorate Committee Members to take utmost care to protect the church building as plants are growing on the top of the church building and grow good gross and other show plants within the surveillance fence

59. Jaykumar - అక్టోబర్ 21, 2012

it’s amezing,nd I wondered…it’s GOD’s own creation after human.

60. Naveen - అక్టోబర్ 22, 2012

Lovely place….gods creation

61. DEENADAYAL.REV - నవంబర్ 8, 2012


62. s.kiran kumar - జనవరి 9, 2013

great church in asia.thatis god grace

63. s.kiran kumar - జనవరి 9, 2013

world wonder church. god is great.—-.satika kiran.. ysrcp. makloor christian minarity con v ner. R/O gadwal camp. mdl; MAKLOOR .nizamabad. Hellow;9963872782

64. james - జనవరి 17, 2013

world wide wonderful & beautiful church is medak.

65. Aryan MNR - మార్చి 28, 2013

HMMMMM………. This’s my fav place…… Amazing…….

66. AMITHA CRYSTAL PRASAD - MEDAK - మార్చి 29, 2013

I live in Medak. And now-a-days huge crowd is visiting Awesome Medak Church. So as the word of God says that …Anthya dinamulalo Yehova mandira parvathamu parvatha shikaramuna stiraparachabadi kondalakante etthuga ethabadaga…pravahamu vachinatlu janulu daani loniki vathuru..MICAH 4:1 Dear reader of this comment please, read the whole chapter. I want to remind u that these are the last days. Jesus is coming sooooooooooooon. So BE ALERT IN PRAYER..JESUS LOVES YOU

67. sheela - మే 7, 2013

this sheela from hyderabad, my child hood studying was there Medak only i proud of the why bcz i learn to Holy God ,Word of God, & worship also at medak church.iam loving place is church of medak

68. అనామకం - జూలై 25, 2013

medak church is a beautiful place . we are proud to have the biggest cathedral of our india in a.p.

69. అనామకం - డిసెంబర్ 8, 2013

World wonder church at medak. Its my pleasure to live in Medak

70. Ravi - మే 28, 2014

I like Medak church, plz call me 9533066583

71. Ravi - మే 28, 2014
72. అనామకం - డిసెంబర్ 1, 2014

I visited Medak Church on 28th September 2014 and I made a prayed and the Jeses fulfilled my dream that I have married a beautiful girl on November 2, 2014 at 12.42 pm. I Love Jesus.


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