History of Medak Church:
The Church of South India has a bishop in Medak (comprising Wesleyan Methodist, Congregational and Anglican missionary societies – SPG, WMMS, LMS, CMS, and the Church of England). The Cathedral is the largest of Telangana’s churches.
The Cathedral also presides over the Diocese of Medak, Asia’s largest diocese and the world’s second largest diocese. It was dedicated on December 25, 1924. The Cathedral was built by the British Wesleyan Methodists and is now under the jurisdiction of the Church of South India.
Reverend Charls Walker Posnett, who lived by the motto “My best for my Lord,” oversaw the cathedral’s construction. In 1895, Rev. Posnett arrived in Secunderabad. He began his ministry among British soldiers at Trimullghery.
He left the army because he was dissatisfied with the work. Rev. Charles Walker Posnett visited Medak in 1896 and built a bungalow there while staying in a dock bungalow.
There was no railway line to Medak back then. Rev. Posnett could complete the 60-mile (97-kilometer) journey from Hyderabad on horseback in a single day.
There were only about 200 Christians in the entire Medak area at the time. When he arrived in Medak, the place of worship was a small tiled house. He saw the need to expand the church building as the number of Christians grew.
Rev. Posnett quickly erected a modest structure in the traditional shape of a church on that very spot, just enough for the Christian community within the Mission Compound. He thought it was unworthy of divine worship.
He began construction on the current Cathedral in 1914 on a sprawling 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of land in the Ghusnabad area. In the beginning of 1914, the foundations for the new church were laid.
During the early twentieth century, the Medak district was suffering from famine, and Rev. Posnett used the construction of the church to provide relief to the suffering masses rather than running a free kitchen.
The cathedral was under construction for ten years. Rev. Posnett dedicated the cathedral in 1924, expressing his gratitude to God for alleviating the people’s suffering.
In October 1947, the church became the cathedral church of the diocese of Medak after several Christian groups re-united as the Church of South India.
Medak Cathedral’s architecture was inspired by the Gothic style. The main tower of the church is 175 feet tall and can hold nearly 5000 people. The large, pointing stained glass window narrates the story of the Bible in the form of different colours seen only under sunlight. The roof of the church is soundproof and made of hollow sponge material.
Every window has coloured stains that explain different stories about Jesus. The main window describes the birth of Jesus, Angels, Mary, and so on. The story of the paintings can be found throughout the church. The church’s flooring was made of mosaic tiles imported from England.
Medak church Timings:
The Medak church is open every day of the week. The timings are:
|Monday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Best time to visit:
Medak church is beautiful throughout the year. But if you want to visit the church, you can consider between October and March. Christmas is celebrated grandly here.
The church’s peak time is between October and March. People from different countries visit this church to get a glimpse of Jesus.