Christianity in Uttar Pradesh

Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great (r. 1556-1605) holds a religious assembly in the Ibadat Khana (House of Worship) in Fatehpur Sikri; the two men dressed in black are the Jesuit missionaries Rodolfo Acquaviva and Francisco Henriques. Illustration to the Akbarnama, miniature painting by Nar Singh, ca. 1605.
St Jude's Shrine, Jhansi

Christianity is a small minority in Uttar Pradesh, the largest state of India. Uttar Pradesh is within the territory of the Church of North India (a member of the Anglican Communion) and of the Archdiocese of Agra (Roman Catholic Church).

History

Mughal India

Christianity was first introduced to Uttar Pradesh during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar (1556-1605). Akbar was known for his secular theology. He sought out educated Jesuit Priests from Goa and gave them permission to bring Christianity to his people. However, Christianity in this state has long been a tiny, stagnant minority. In recent years many people are baptized, mainly in Protestant Christianity. [1]

British Raj

During British Raj many people converted to Christianity, most of them employed in Indian Army or Government offices. [2] During the 1857 revolt, many Christians were forced to flee Uttar Pradesh or slaughtered by rebellions to take revenge from the United Kingdom. [3]

Churches in Uttar Pradesh

All Saints Cathedral, Allahabad

List of denominations

Sources: (1) World Christian Encyclopedia; 2nd ed., 2001 Volume 1, p. 368-370; (2) The Encyclopedia of Christianity, Volume 4

References

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  2. ^ The story of Cawnpore: The Indian Mutiny 1857, Capt. Mowbray Thomson, Brighton, Tom Donovan, 1859, pp. 148-159.
  3. ^ Metcalf, Thomas R. (1990), The Aftermath of Revolt: India, 1857-1870, New Delhi: Manohar, pp. 352, ISBN 81-85054-99-1.
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  5. ^ "Uttar "Bethel Pentecostal Church" - оНХЯЙ Б Google". Google.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
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