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Narendra Modi gifts two sets of relics from Kerala to Benjamin Netanyahu


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night gifted his Israeli Prime Minister “Benjamin Netanyahu” replicas of two sets of relics from Kerala, regarded as key artefacts of the long Jewish history in India.

The PMO tweeted, They comprise two different sets of copper plates that are believed to have been inscribed in 9-10th Century.

They comprise two different sets of copper plates that are believed to have been inscribed in 9-10th Century, the PMO tweeted.

The replica of these plates was made possible with the cooperation of the Paradesi Synagogue in Mattancherry, Kochi.

The first set of copper plates is a cherished relic for the Cochin Jews in India. It is regarded as a charter describing the grant of hereditary royal privileges and prerogatives by the Hindu King, Cheraman Perumal (often identified as Bhaskara Ravi Varma) to the Jewish leader Joseph Rabban.

Kodungallur : According to traditional Jewish accounts, Joseph Rabban was later crowned as the Prince of Shingli, a place in or equated with Cranganore also known as Kodungallur today.

Jews believed Kodungallur or Cranganore as Second “Jerusalem” thus local Jews once placed in each coffin a handful of earth from Shingli/Cranganore as it was  remembered as a holy place by Jews.

 

The second set of copper plates is believed to be the earliest documentation of the history of Jewish trade with India.

The second set of copper plates is believed to be the earliest documentation of the history of Jewish trade with India.

These plates describe the grant of land and tax privileges by the local Hindu ruler to a church. And oversight of trade in Kollam to West Asian and Indian trading associations.

West Asian association included Muslims, Christians, Zoroastrians, as also a group of Jews, who signed in Judeo- Persian and possibly also in Arabic and Pahlavi (Middle Persian).

The plates bear their signatures that appear to have been cut into the plates by a local workman unfamiliar with the script, the PMO tweeted.

The replica of these plates was made possible with the cooperation of Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church in Thiruvalla, Kerala.

Pm Modi also Gifts a “Metal crown covered in gold sheets” in floral ornament style, bearing motifs typical of lamps and decorations of south India.

In addition, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also presented Israli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a Torah scroll donated by the Paradesi Jewish community in Kerala which is enclosed on wooden staves in a wooden case adorned with silver sheets.

As Tweeted by PMO India,

 

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