Photo above: Kandal Cross Shrine Plaque
Kandal Cross Church is located about 9,080 feet above sea level in Ooty, India. Some consider this church as the Jerusalem of the East. The church has a little known relic that is connected with crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Inside a life sized bronze crucifix contains a small sized relic that is encapsulated in a glass case. The relic inside the glass is a tiny dark colored wood from the original Cross that Christ carried upon which he was eventually crucified. Even many who come to this church are said to be unaware of this fact with the exception of few who pray in front of this relic.
Photo above: The Kandal Cross Shrine
Kandal Cross Shrine also known as the Calvary of South India was found in 1933 by French priest Paul Crayssac. Paul brought the wooden relic to the shrine on May 1st, 1939 from a museum in Rome where parts of the Holy Cross collected from Jerusalem are preserved.
CONTRIBUTION1. Relic of Original Cross in Ooty - Deccan Chronicle, Chennai (Sept 14, 2011)