Friday, 5 January 2018

Pontifical Marthoma Shrine Azhikode – Kodungallur. Christian Pilgrim center

Pontifical Marthoma Shrine is at Azhikode, Kodungallur in Thrissur District of Kerala. It is built in memory of the arrival of St. Thomas where his relics are kept. This is built in the model of St. Peters of Vatican. It was also in the nearby area, one of the seven and half churches was established by St. Thomas.
St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, landed in India in 52 A.D., i.e., well before St. Peter reached Rome in 72 A.D with the message of Christ. At that time, it was also one of the main ports in the Malabar Coast known as Muziris. But unfortunately, this port was extinct in 1341 A.D. due to a Tsunami like flood realigned the area. The main reason why he selected this area was that, there were many Jews settled in this area being a commercial center in those days. Therefore, the Christians of Malabar coast is known as St. Thomas Christians to distinguish it from other Christians who were converted after the European Missionaries like St. Xavier, etc. came to India, after the arrival of Vasco da Gama of Portugal landed at Kozhikode (Calicut) at the same Malabar coast in 1498 A.D. St. Thomas Christians are also known as Syrian Christians/Syro Malabar Christians etc., who used Syrian language in Holy Mass in olden days and followed local customs in wedding and other ceremonies as distinguished from the Latin/Anglo Christians who used Latin/English language in Holy Mass and followed European customs in wedding and other ceremonies. Till the arrival of Europeans, St. Thomas Christians of Malabar Coast had also no idea about the existence of the Pope and they were a totally independent Church then, though there was some influence from the Church of Syria due to the commercial connection with gulf countries in those days.
The surrounding area of the Shrine is blessed with natural beauty. South side is River and the west side is Arabian Sea. It is a joining place of rivers like Chalakudy river, Periyar, etc., with the sea. Munakkal beach is also about 1 kilometer away. One of the spectacular scene of Azhikode river side is the use of Chinese fishing net to catch fish. This Chinese fishing net locally known as Cheena vala, was first introduced in the area including the nearby Kochi (Cochin) backwaters were Portuguese.
How to reach:
Air : Nearest international airport is Cochin International Airport Nedumbassery about km
Rail : Nearest railway station is Irinjalakuda , but Thrissur railway station is more convenient to reach the place.

Road : The Shrine is situated very close to the National Highway NH17.

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 II.  Watch the youtube video below to know China net and how it is used :

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Monday, 31 July 2017

CHANDRAPUR – CHANDA - REMEMBRANCES OF AN ANCIENT TRIBAL KINGDOM

Chandrapur or Chanda as known earlier is the headquarters of Chandrapur District of Maharashtra state, India. It is also nicknamed as Black Gold City because of the coal mines located here. Tadoba National Park (Tiger Reserve) is also in the same district.

Though the area was originally inhabited by Tribal / Adivasi people belonging to Gond Community, now the town part is of modern look. Gond/Gondi community is Adivasi people of central India, spread over the present States of Madhya Pradesh, eastern part of Maharashtra (Vidarbha) and Chhattisgarh – earlier known as Madhya Bharat with Nagpur as the capital. Tribes as a whole in India have no cast system and have their own form of worship, rules and regulations. But now many of them are influenced by outsiders and adopted modern way of life.

Chandrapur is also considered to be the single place where the Tribe community who captured power from intruders and had their own fort and other establishments. The remains are still existing. Some photographs are here.

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

THRISSUR POORAM (festival), KERALA

Thrissur pooram is a main festival celebrated in the Thrissur (Trichur) town which is the headquarters of Thrissur district. The main attraction of the festival is the decorated elephant procession, colourful fireworks, and various instrumental music. Earlier, Arattupuzha pooram was the final point of all poorams in the region ruled by the Kochi Raja(King). But unfortunately one year the Thrissur pooram procession could not move to Arattupuzha because of heavy rain. Then the King ordered that henceforth, the Pooram would be held at Thrissur itself. The present name of Thrisur is derived from the earlier name Thrissivaperoor associated with the main deity Lord Siva of the Temple around which the Pooram is celebrated. The date of Thrissur pooram is calculated according to the Malayalam calendar and hence normally it comes in the month of April-May,

Associated with the Thrissur Pooram, there are various other activities. Thrissur Pooram Exhibition is one among them. In this exhibition many people are involved. Many organisations exhibit their activities. Many people come here from far away states to sell their products.

Thrissur is almost in the middle of Kerala and also known as the cultural capital of Kerala.


Few days before and after the Pooram festival, there is heavy rush in the city. So advance booking of accommodation is desirable for those who are coming from far away places.

Thrissur is connected to all over India by rail and road. Kochi and Kozhikode air ports are nearest for air travel.



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Thursday, 2 February 2017

SREE RAMA TEMPLE THRIPRAYAR, THRISSUR - KERALA

Thriprayar Temple is a very famous and ancient temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is also one of the temple included in the Nalambalam [Four Temples - Sree Rama Temple, Thriprayar – Koodalmanikyam (Sree Bharata) Temple, Irinjalakuda - Sree Lakshmana Temple, Moozhikkulam - Sree Shathruknha Temple, Payammal] pilgrimage of Hindu religion. ‘Thriprayar Ekadasi’ is the main festival and very famous.
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It is on the west bank of Canoly Canal (Thriprayar) situated at the boundary of Valapad and Nattika Panchayaths in Thrissur District of Kerala. It is conveniently connected by road NH-17 Panvel-Edapally National Highway and almost in the midway of the famous Guruvayur Temple and Kodungallur Temple. Frequent buses are also available from Thrissur which is connected by Rail from all over India.

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Other nearby pilgrimage centres are:- St. Thomas Church, Palayur established by St. Thomas, Marthoma Pontifical Shrine at Azhikode where St. Thomas first landed in India in A.D.52, Cheraman Palli (Juma Masjid), Kodungallur – first Masjid in India built in A.D.629.

Thriprayar Temple - ordinary day

Thriprayar Temple - Ekadasi festival nig

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

MADURAI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA

During the 3rd century BC, Megasthanes a Greek historian visited Madurai. Later on many people came from western parts like Rome, Greece etc. and established trade with the Pandya kings. By 10th century AD Madurai was captured by Cholas and ruled it till the beginning of the 13th century. Then Pandyas regained it in 1223 AD. For a short period it was also under the rule of Tughlak. Then it fell to the Vijayanagar dynasty and ruled by their Governors called Nayaks. But in 1530 AD, the Nayaks became independent and took control over the area. During the reign of Thirumalai Nayak (1623-1659) the Raja Gopuram of the Meenakshi Amman Temple was made to the present state, The Pudu Mandapam and The Thirumalai Nayakar's Palace were also constructed during this period. Gradually, it went into the hands of British till India became Independent.


Madurai city is well connected by Air, Rail and Road. There are also many other tourist places near to Madurai such as Kodai Canal, Kanyakumari etc. in Tamil Nadu and Thekkadi, Munnar etc.in Kerala. Conducted tours are also available to these places from Madurai.

Meenakshi temple

Meenakshi temple

Meenakshi temple

Nayakar's Palace

Nayakar's Palace


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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Athirappilly water fall - Thrissur, Kerala.

Athirappilly water fall is located at Athirappilly village in Thrissur District of Kerala. It is part of Western Ghats, at about 1000 feets above sea level. It is the starting point of Chalakudi River. It is surrounded by mountains with thick green forest. The main speciality of the fall is that it is a round the year phenomena, though in the monsoon it is more beautiful. On the way other two picnic spots are also available, namely, Thumboormuzhi and Ezhattumukham. Both are two sides of the same river joined with a hanging bridge. Enough for a one day picnic.

To reach there, frequent buses are available from Chalakudy town bus stand. Nearest railway station is also Chalakudy. Nearest Airport is Nedumbassery (Kochi). 

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