Cemetery Given to Jews by Kochi Diwan

Published: 20th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th August 2014 04:30 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: The one-acre cemetery was given to the Jews in 1946 by the British through R K Shanmukham Chetty, the Diwan of the erstwhile Kingdom of Kochi, for a token sum of Re 1.

It is used by the Jews who belong to the Kaduvumbhagam and Thekkumbhagam synagogues of Ernakulam.

While there are graves, with nicely designed tombstones, there are also many unmarked ones, with thick grass and plants growing around them.  “According to Jewish religious law, once a burial is made, the grave cannot be disturbed,’’ says Josephhai.

“The section near the road as well as the west side is full. So, the space is getting less.’’

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