Athirampuzha – Ettamidam

These are photos of Ettamidam (end of St. Sebastian’s Feast). Statue of St. Sebastian is kept back on the Altar.

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Photos of St. Sebastian’s Feast, Athirampuzha Church – 25-01-2015

Photos of St. Sebastian’s Feast, Athirampuzha Church – 25-01-2015

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Spectacular view of the evening sky – St. Mary’s Forane Church, Athirampuzha

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This is photo of Spectacular view of the evening sky –  St. Mary’s Forane Church, Athirampuzha, Kottayam, Kerala, India taken by a good photographer.

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Statue of Saints – St. Mary’s Forane Church, Athirampuzha

Photos of Statue of Saints – St. Mary’s Forane Church, Athirampuzha, Kottayam, Kerala, India. All these statues are taken out for procession carrying on shoulders during St. Sebastian’s Feast. The procession is a spiritual ablu for the devotees. Band set including school bands, flags, gold-brass-silver wooden crosses, allavattom, venchamaram, Thazahakkuda, theevetti and beaded ornate umbrellas etc make the procession very gorgeous and regal. Ettamidam extends the celebration for eight more days. the principal festal week in from 19th to 26th of January every year. The Festival comes to an end by February 1.

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Procession Jan.19-20 – St. Sebastian’s Feast – Athirampuzha Church – 2015

As per the record, the feast of st.sebastian was started at Athirampuzha church from the year 1647. Now the principal festal week in from 19th to 26th of January every year. The flag hoisting ceremony marking the beginning of the festival is on 19th.The annual feast attracts a large no. of devotees from all over south India. The statue of St.Sebastian installed here is considered very ancient. During the days of the Portuguese, three figures were brought to kerala. Legend says that the smallest of them has brought to Athirampuzha by local traders. This is known as ‘Adiyelpicha Roopam’ (the Tortured Figure). The statue of St.Sebastian in Athirampuzha is unique as it is the only statue of the saint without arrowation is very attractive.

St. Sebastian’s statue is exposed for public veneration only during the feastal season.

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Illuminations – St. Sebastian’s Feast – Athirampuzha Church – 2015

Photos of illuminations during St. Sebastian’s feast celebration – 2015 at World renowned pilgrim centre, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Athirampuzha. The event is a gigantic one with lacs of people from different religion visiting the place during the feast days. The St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church at Athirampuzha, Kottayam,  is one of the oldest in Kerala, India was constructed around 835 AD.

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Flag Hoisting – St. Sebastian’s Feast – Athirampuzha Church – 2015

Photos of flag hoisting ceremony of St. Sebastian’s feast celebration – 2015 at World renowned pilgrim centre, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Athirampuzha. The event is a gigantic one with lacs of people visiting the place during the feast days.  Principal festal week is from 19th to 26th of January every year. The flag hoisting ceremony marking the beginning of the festival is on 19th. The St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church at Athirampuzha, Kottayam,  is one of the oldest in Kerala, India was constructed around 835 AD.

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