St. Sebastian’s Feast – Athirampuzha Church – Procession 24-01-2017 – Photo

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St Mary’s Cathedral Church, Changanacherry

St Mary’s Cathedral Church, Changanacherry, Kerala, India.

Kalloorkadu St. Mary’s Basilica Champakulam, Kerala, India.

Kalloorkadu St. Mary’s Basilica Champakulam is an ancient Christian Church in Kerala. It belongs to the Syro-Malabar Church under the archeparchy of Changanacherry. It is a Forane church, with several Parishes under it.

Champakulam Kalloorkadu St. Mary’s basilica (also called Champakulam Valia Palli) is one of the oldest Christian churches in India and the mother church of almost all Catholic Syrian churches in Alleppey District. It is the first one under the church at Niranam which is believed to have been founded by St.Thomas,the Apostle himself. Believed to be established in AD 427. Rebuilt many times and the many rock inscriptions found around the church tell us about the history of the church. The open air Rock Cross at Champakulam church is one of the most ancient ones with clear documentation of its antiquity up to AD 1151. There are many archaeological artifacts found around the church about its history. Champakulam church was once under Niranam Church, which was founded by the Apostle Saint Thomas himself.. Champakulam Church had very friendly relations with the Jacobite Syrian group and had a pivotal role in many ecumenical efforts in the Eighteenth century. One of the martyrs of east syrian catholics (nasranis), Ikkako Kathanar was born to this parish.

On 27-Nov-2016, the church was announced as a Basilica. This is the first basilica in the archdiocese of Changanasserry. So this is the 23rd basilica in India and 9th basilica in Kerala. Also, it is the 4th Syro-Malabar basilica in India.

Getting there

Road – 15 km away from Alleppey, 18 km from Changanassery by road. From Champakulam West bus stand, the Church is immediate next on the east side. From Champakulam East bus stand, the Church is on the west side, you need to cross the River Pampa (Ferries are available).

Water – Linked by boat service through the back waters to Alappuzha (1 hr), Kollam(8 Hrs), Changanacherry(3 hrs), Kumarakom(3 hr), Cochin(4 hrs) etc. From Champakulam main (Karuka) boat jetty (on the west side of River Pampa, the Church is only a few steps away – towards North.

Rail – Nearest Rail heads: Alleppey, Changanassery.

Air – Nearest International Airports : Kochi (Nedumbassery) – 85 km. Thiruvananthapuram – 150 km.

Source : Wikipedia

Chavara Bhavan – the ancestral home of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara

Chavara Bhavan is the ancestral home of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara. This shrine is located in the idyllic village of Kainakary, which is completely surrounded by water. Therefore, the only way to reach Chavara Bhavan is by a boat. It is now a holy shrine and spiritual resort where thousands of devotees gather for prayer, receive favours and feel amply gratified. Here, a 250 year old historically important beacon of light is preserved intact in its original and primitive form.

St. Joseph’s Syro-Malabar Dayra Church, Mannanam, Kottayam, Kerala, India where the mortal remains of Mar Kuriakose Chavara are kept.

Kudamaloor Church – Home parish of St. Alphonsa

St. Mary’s Forane Church at Kudamaloor, Kottayam, under the Archdiocese of Changanassery in central Kerala, India is one of the earliest churches in Kerala State drawing  thousands of pilgrims from different parts of India and abroad. It is also the home parish of St. Alphonsa, the first Saint of India.

Georgian pilgrim centre of the east – Puthuppally church

I would like to share about the ancient and famous Puthuppally Church. I have visited this church many times, usually once in every year.

This ancient church renowned all over the world as  “Puthuppally Pally” or “Puthuppally Valiyapally” situated on the eastern bank of the rivulet Kodoorar and beside the Puthuppally-Changancherry road about a kilometer away from Puthuppally junction was rebuilt, expanded or renovated five times during the past four and half centuries of its existence. Thousands visit the church throughout the year and particularly during the feast of St.George, including the 10 days preceding and succeeding it.

This church is famous for its traditions. The “Puthuppaly Perunnal” , annual feast of the patron saint, St. George being celebrated every year, is attended by hundred thousands of devotees belonging to various religions. This is a fine example of communal and religious harmony among people of this area.

This Church is famous for the powerful intercession of the patron saint, St. George and many people is believed to have received favours from God Almighty due to his intercession. It is firmly believed that Sahada (saint) protects those who take refuge, from serpents, ailments, and all kinds of dangers and troubles.

St. Mary’s Forane Church – Athirampuzha

athirampuzha churchThe forane church of Athirampuzha, a world renowned pilgrim centre of St.Sebastian is dedicated to Blessed Virgin Mary.This church about 10Kms away from kottayam has been the hub of Christian life in and around central kerala from early 9th century. This is one of the biggest parishes of the Archeparchy of Changanassery. It consists of almost 2500 families and the total number of the faithful exceeds 10000.

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. The feast of St. Sebastian is being celebrated every year. Principal festal week is from 19th to 26th of January. This feast attracts a large number of devotees from all over south India.

St. Sebastian’s statue is exposed for public veneration only during the feastal season. The dazzling display of fireworks in connection with the festival is a colorful visual treat. 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 Festival comes to an end by February 1.

Photos of St. Sebastian’s Feast celebration

There is a beautiful Rosary And Litany Garden in Athirampuzha Church.

Piyata Tableau    School Band Set     Blessed Mary Garlanding Ceremony   Fireworks

St. Sebastian’s Feast –  Jan.24    St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.25 – I     St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.25 – II      Shinkari Melam – Kerala Women        Chenda Melam

Every Friday at 7.30 pm, The way of the cross is being conducted at Athirampuzha church. People from different places reach with their intention to be fulfilled.