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Location in Kerala, India
Coordinates: 9°58′0″N76°25′0″E / 9.96667°N 76.41667°E / 9.96667; 76.41667 Coordinates: 9°58′0″N76°25′0″E / 9.96667°N 76.41667°E / 9.96667; 76.41667
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State Kerala
District Ernakulam
  Official Malayalam, English, Hindi
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code0484
Nearest cityErnakulam
Lok Sabha constituencyChalakkudy
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKunnathunadu
Website www.puthencruz.in

Puthenkurish is a town in Ernakulam district in the Indian state of Kerala near Kolenchery town en route to Muvattupuzha. [1] It is a part of the Greater Cochin area. Puthencruz is one of the fastest developing villages in Ernakulam district. Puthencruz plays a pivotal role in connecting different smaller villages and other surrounding towns to Ernakulam as it lies in the outer ring of Ernakulam City. Puthencruz is rapidly developing into a city and will be at the pivot of expansion of the Ernakulam municipal area.



The name Puthencruz is a Portuguesisation of the Malayalam word പുത്തൻകുരിശ് (puthan kuriśŭ), which means New Cross. The settlement was previously known as 'Pannikkuzhy kara'. The origin of the name of the place is synonymous with the establishment of a new cross by the Syrian Christians who were the parishioners of Kolenchery St. Peter's & St. Paul's Syrian Jacobite Church in the year 1816 AD. Kolenchery Church was built in the 7th-century, and has many subsidiary ones like Kurinji and Poothrikka. When the new cross was established as a belief by the locals to get rid of an infectious disease called "Masoori", the procession of the main festival from the mother church of Kolenchery extended up to Pannikuzhy kara, the people started to tell that "the procession shall extend to the Puthen Kurisu". The name of the place in time changed to Puthankurisu, and was Portuguesised to Puthencruz. Earlier names of this place was also termed as 'Puttumanoor' and 'Puliyirangum Kara' in many records. There is a very ancient temple which was known as 'Chaarapparambathu Bhagavathy Temple' later came to known as 'Puthenkaavu Bhagavathy Temple'. [2]


As of 2001 India census, Puthencruz had a population of 23878 with 12026 males and 11852 females. [1]







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