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

Photo – St. Sebastian’s feast, Athirampuzha Church

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. I have captured images of this function and would like to share with you.

Click below links for more photos/videos of Athirampuzha Church – world renowned pilgrim centre.

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

Photo – Athirampuzha Church                   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

St George Forane Church, Aruvithura

St.George Forane Church Aruvithura belonging to the Syro-Malabar Rite in the diocese of Palai, is situated on the left bank of the river Meenachil. A beacon of the nineteen century old Christian faith, the church stands on an account aboveboard spot, about 25 miles due east to Kottayam.

One of the oldest churches in Kerala, it is believed that St. George’s Church at Aruvithura in Kottayam, was accustomed by St. Thomas in the first century A.D. The yearly feast is committed to St. George, the patron of the church and has all the approved festivities, rituals and appearance archetypal of church feasts in Kerala. I have taken photos of this beautiful church.

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.