Photos of feast celebration of St. George (Geevarghese Sahada) 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.
St Thomas Mount is a Holy place of international prominence, historical eminence, religious glory and tourist attraction.The ancient Church on the top of St. Thomas Mount has served as the light house for the Portuguese and Armenian ships and vessels in theBay of Bengal in the 16th and 17th centuries. Interestingly, it is said, when sailors sighted the Church they offered prayers for a safe Voyage and then discharged from their artillery in salutation. Preserving its glorious antiquity, this five century old Shrine Chapel has been renovated and restored in the recent times.
The Mount of Saint Thomas is easily accessed by the devotees who make the vowed climb through the 134 granite steps as an act of penance and sacrifice. An ornate arch with an imposing elegance remains an attraction to all those who happen to glimpse it with a note of the year of its construction, 1726. Continue Reading
These photos are taken during our visit in May 2015.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is located at the small town of Velankanni in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The Roman Catholic Latin Rite Basilica is devoted to Our Lady of Good Health. Devotion to Our Lady of Good Health of Velankanni can be traced to the mid-16th century and is attributed to three miracles at sites around where the Basilica stands: the apparition of Mary and the Christ Child to a slumbering shepherd boy, the curing of a lame buttermilk vendor, and the rescue of Portuguese sailors from a violent sea storm. These accounts are based on oral tradition and there are no written or attested records in support of them. The Holy See has not approved these apparitions. The chapel was finally built by Portuguese sailors. More than 500 years later, the nine-day festival and celebration is still observed and draws nearly 2 million pilgrims each year. The Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni, also known as the”Lourdes of the East,” is one of the most-frequented religious sites in India. Source : wikipedia These photos are taken during our visit to this holy place in May 2015.
The Forane church of Athirampuzha, a world renowned pilgrim centre is dedicated to Blessed Virgin Mary is about 10Kms away from Kottayam, Kerala, India 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. Read More about world renowned Athirampuzha Church