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Parumala Church

Come November, visit Parumala Church in Pathanamthitta District of Kerala and be part of the weeklong festivities celebrated here. Parumala Perunnal is an annual feast held to commemorate the death anniversary of Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan, the first canonized saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church of Kerala. The mortal remains of the Bishop are interred in the church. On the orma perunnal commemoration day, special prayers are offered at the church. The festival day is marked by special services and a well-attended colourful procession. Devotees from all parts of the State swarm the precincts of the church to celebrate this great day. In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.      Book Now



Sri Vallaba Temple

This is an ancient temple, enshrining Sree Vallabha at Tiruvalla near Pathanamthitta DIST. It has been glorified by the tamil hymns of Tirumangaialwar and Nammalwar of the 1st millennium CE. The name Tiruvalla originates from the presiding deity Vallabha. iruvalla is an ancient town with a hoary past. It has been referenced in 7th century sanskrit literature of Dandin the sanskrit poet of Kanchi. The Tiruvalla plates contain inscriptions regarding the administration of the temple in ancient times. The plinth and the wall of this temple are of granite while the rest of the structure is of timber and sheet roof. The shrine has a vritta circular vimanam. Carvings of Dakshinamurthy and Shiva Yogiswara are seen in this temple. In front of the sanctum are a namaskaramandapam, a mukhamandapam a gopuradwaram and an agramandapam. There is a subshrine to Vishwaksena, in the north east corner of the inner prakaram, facing south. Vallabha is portrayed as bearing a conch, a discus and a lotus. The Sudarshana Chakram seen through the west cardinal door of the sanctum is held in worship and is believed to have been installed in the 13th century. Much of the present form of the temple dates back to the 14th century. Sandalwood paste is offered as the prasadam in the Vallabha shrine, while vibhooti or the sacred ash is offered as prasadam in the Chakra sign on the other side of the sanctum. The flagstaff of this temple is a monolithic structure of black granite 50 feet in height. At the top of this staff is an image of Garuda. Interestingly, devotees offer to sponsor kathakali performances as their offering to the temple. Those whose prayers are answered offer to have a performance arranged here, as a token of acknowledgement and as a gesture of support of the arts.      Book Now


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