Photo – Moonnu Nombu Thirunal – 2017 – Day 1 – Marth Mariam Forane Church, Kuravilangad

Photo of  Moonu Noimbu ( 3 days fast) – Day 1 at world famous Marian pilgrim centre, St. Mary’s Forane Church, Kuravilangad.  It is in Meenachil Taluk, 22 kms north of Kottayam, on the eastern side of M.C. Road. Martha Mariam Church belongs to the diocese of Palai. “Moonnu Noimbu” is the main feast of the church. Three days fast known also as the Rogation of Ninevites , a movable feast celebrated on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, three weeks prior to the beginning of Lent. Thousands of people from all over Kerala come to this three-days-feast. Two very special features are “Aana  Ezhunnalippu”(procession with an elephant in front) and “Kappalottam”(a sailing vessel pompously carried to commemorate the journey of Prophet Jonah), on the second day. The ceremonial procession on the second day of the feast when the replica of the vessel used by prophet Jonah of the OT is taken out is the main attraction of the feast. The people of the Kadapoor locality has the privilege to carry the vessel during the procession.

Tradition is that Muthiamma appeared to the children on the second day of Moonnu Noimbu.

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Kuravilangad Marth Mariam Forane Church, Kerala, India.

Photography 101: Double – Aruvithura Church – Banka Church

Banka Church

Banka Church, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India

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Aruvithura Church

St. George Forane Church, Aruvithura, Kottayam, Kerala, India

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Athirampuzha Abhishekagni Convention 2014 2nd day

Video of Abhishekagni Convention – 2014 conducted by Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil and team held in St. Mary’s Forane Church, Athirampuzha, Kottayam, Kerala State, India. This is a world renowned pilgrim centre and one of the ancient churches in Kerala.

Fr. Xavier Khan Vattayil is the founder-director of Sehion Retreat Centre, of Palakkad Diocese. Fr. Xavier who has earned name and fame as an outstanding preacher of the Word of the Lord, Retreat Leader, television orator and organizer, is conducting many retreats for priests, nuns and believers in India and abroad.

 

Photography 101: Landmark – Athirampuzha Church

Athirampuzha Church

St. Mary’s Forane Church – Athirampuzha, Kottayam, Kerala State, India

St. Mary’s Forane Church

World renowned pilgrim centre – Athirampuzha Church – Photo

The St. Mary’s Syro-Malabar Catholic Church at Athirampuzha is one of the oldest in Kerala, was constructed around 835 AD. I have captured photos of this world renowned pilgrim centre.

Two routes from Kottayam,  M.C. Road  Ettumanoor route and Medical College route.  Circuitous Paths

 

Athirampuzha Old Church

Old Church – View from Forane Church

St. Mary's Forane Church - Athirampuzha

St. Mary’s Forane Church – Athirampuzha – side view

Athirampuzha Church

Athirampuzha Church – Back view

Athirampuzha Church - Altar

Athirampuzha Church – Altar

Athirampuzha Church - Altar

Athirampuzha Church – Altar

Athirampuzha Church - Chuttu vilakku

Athirampuzha Church – Chuttu vilakku (row of lamps)

People pour oil in the row of lamps (specially on friday) and pray here.

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St. Mary’s Forane Church                         Photo Rosary And Litany Garden

Photo – St. Sebastian’s feast                     Dazzling display of fireworks

Chenda Melam                                            Shinkari Melam – Kerala Women

School Girls Band Set                                 St. Sebastian’s Feast

Beautiful Piyata Tableau                           St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.24

St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.25-Part I     St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.25-Part II

For more information about this church visit the official website.

St. Sebastian’s Feast – Athirampuzha Church – Jan.25 – Part I

The St. Mary’s Church at Athirampuzha is one of the oldest in Kerala.Though dedicated to Mother Mary, it is the feast of Saint Sebastian which attracts a large crowd. This annual feast  is being held from 19th January to 1st February every year. The event is a gigantic one with lacs of people visiting the place during the feast days and especially on the two main days – 24th and 25th January.

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St. Mary’s Forane Church                              Photo Rosary And Litany Garden

Photo – St. Sebastian’s feast                         Dazzling display of fireworks

Chenda Melam                                                 Shinkari Melam – Kerala Women

School Girls Band Set                                      St. Sebastian’s Feast

Beautiful Piyata Tableau                                St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.24

St. Sebastian’s Feast – Jan.25-Part II         Photo – Athirampuzha Church