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Abishehanathar CSI Church

Abishehanathar CSI Church is situated at Chidambaranagar, Thoothukkudi, Thoothukkudi Taluk, Thoothukkudi District, Tamil Nadu. Thoothukudi Nazareth CSI Diocese is administering this church.


During 1953 Chidambara Nagar was formed. Nine christian families settled here. They have to travel about five kilometers to offer their worship. Hence the necessity of a church at this place had arisen. Rt. Rev. A.G. Jebaraj, Bishop of Tirunelveli Diocese, laid the foundation stone for the construction of this church. Women believers formed prayer fellowship and had done services for the construction of this church. Rt. Rev. A.G. Jebaraj, Bishop of Tirunelveli Diocese, dedicated this church on 02.02.1968. This church was the sub station of Shunmugapuram Pastorate. Fr. Anbunathan served as the first Catechist and Fr. P. Jebamani succeeded him. In 1985 this church was declared as independent parish. Rev. T.Samuel was the first Pastorate chairman and Rev. V.S. Manickam succeeded him. On 02.02.1993 Silver jubilee was grandly celebrated. Extension and renovation works were carriedout during Rev. M. Fedrick Ratnaraj’s period. Rt. Rev. JasonS.Dharmaraj, Bishop of Tirunelveli, dedicated the extended and renovated church on 25.05.1997. Multipurpose hall was added during Rev. Fr. Chellappa period. The tower of the church was reconstructed and dedicated by Rt. Rev. Dr. J.A.D. Jebachandran, Bishop of Thoothukudi-Nazareth Diocese, on 01.02.2011. Presently over 320 families are offering their prayer to the lord.

Service Timings

Monthly Promise Thanks Giving service & Holy Communion service - First Day of the Month

Holy Communion service (Anglican) - First Sunday, Second Sunday, Fourth Sunday at 7:00 AM & Last Friday of the month at 6:30 PM

Holy Communion service (C.S.I) - First Sunday & Third Sunday at 9:00 AM

Matins Service - Second Sunday, Third Sunday & Fifth Sunday at 9:00 AM

Praising Service - Fourth Sunday at 9:00 AM

Evening Service - Monday & Tuesday at 6:30 PM

Litany Prayer – Wednesday at 6:30 PM

Bible Study – Thursday at 6:30 PM

Special prayer & Message for the Sick – Friday at 6:30 PM

Watch Night Prayer - Second Friday of the month at 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Chain of prayer - Last Friday of the month at 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Geographical Position

Abishehanathar CSI Church in Thoothukkudi is located at 8.797525, 78.133882 or 8°47'51.1"N 78°08'02.0"E.