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Friday, 3 May 2013

Malayattoor Church

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As we Know the entire South India is not only renowned for its delightful and wonderful destinations and alluring attractions but also is very famous for different pilgrimage centers. Kerala in south India on the edge of the Malabar Coast is one of the fascinating destinations which truly is also very renowned for its pious centers apart from its alluring attractions and destinations.

One of the most renowned pious centers in this state is Malayattoor which is beautifully located on the slopes of the charming Western Ghats, 52 km from Cochin on the bank of the gorgeous Periyar River. ‘Malayattoor’ literally means a meeting place of Land, river and mountain; it is also the first holy center in India to be accorded international status by the Holy See, the official seat of the Vatican. It is also declared one of the largest holy centre in the name of St. Thomas in India where thousands of pilgrims of all castes and creed who undertakes the pilgrimage to St. Thomas Church, which is located on the top of the hill Kurishumudi during the festival Malayattoor Perunnal which is held annually in March or April, 8 days after Easter.



There are two churches in Malayattoor committed to St. Thomas, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ - one on top of the acclivity (Kurishumudi) and the other below. Malayattoor St. Thomas Parish Abbey or Thazathe Palli (the abbey below) was congenital in AD 900.

The church façade has the acceptable Roman architectonics but the chantry is about Greek in style. Behind the central chantry there are carved designs and paintings including the 5 stations of blithesome mysteries of Lord Jesus Christ. The church is divided into three wings accept abstracted accessories for acknowledgment and adoration. There is an age-old baptismal pond and a view belvedere which are of historical relevance.



 Season of Visit (Main Festival)

Time of Celebration: March / April every year

The Feast at Kurisumudy is on the first Sunday after Easter and the Octave on the following Sunday.


How to Reach

By Air:  Cochin International Airport is at a distance of 15 kilometers from here.
By Rail: The Angamaly railway station is at a distance of 17 kilometers from Malayattoor, but since most train do not stop at Angamaly you can get down at the next railway station Aluva (Alwaye)as every train halts here.
By Road:  To reach in Malayatoor driving down on the NH47, one will have to take a diversion towards Kalady from Angamaly and drive all the way up to Kalady town which will take about 10 minutes. Then take a left towards Malayatoor. Folks driving down from Ernakulam / Cochin can drive up to Angamaly and take the same route or take the left towards Kalady after Cochin International Airport on the NH47. The latter route is shorter but the time taken will be a little long due to the small roads on will have to drive in.

Author  Giby Joseph

2 comments:

  1. One of the best unexplored pilgrimage center in India,history of 20 centuries.Pointing to you there is another way which will last for ever.Time has erased the history of many famous people.But saints are getting brighter and brighter.

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  2. The huge number of devotees gather at the annual festival, popularly known as Malayattoor Perunnal, is held during the months of March-April. Sannidi, Golden Cross, Marthoma Mandapam, miraculous water spring, St. Thomas’s footprint on a rock and his life size statue are some of the worthy incredible things to get explored.

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