Pilgrimage to St. Thomas shrine, Malayattoor


In this resource, I have written about Malayattoor pilgrimage which is a shrine of St. Thomas, the apostle who came to India. Thousands of pilgrims come to Malayattoor which is also being accorded as an international shrine of St. Thomas.

Pilgrimage to St. Thomas Shrine, Malayattoor

The word 'Malayattoor' came from the amalgamation of three small words in Malayalam; that is, Mala (Mountain), Arr (River), and Oore (Place). We say that's why, Malayattoor is a place where mountains, rivers and land meet.

Located in the north-eastern corner of Ernakulam district in Kerala, Malayattoor is a major pilgrimage place that attracts devotees in large numbers, particularly during the Holy week, just before Easter. It draws pilgrims not only from the state of Kerala but also from the neighboring states. Pilgrims who come to South India from the northern states of India do make it a point to visit this holy shrine of St. Thomas, the apostle who came to our motherland for the proclamation of the Holy Gospel.

Malayattoor shrine

The Malayattoor church is positioned on top of the Malayattoor hill, which is 609m high. This church has a life-size statue of St. Thomas and is dedicated to the apostle. The most significant part is that it has an imprint of the feet of St. Thomas on a rock. It has been sealed carefully with an outer casing made of glass. Thousands of people throng the shrine to see the imprint and pray before the statue. This shrine has now been accorded an international pilgrimage station.

Malayattoor trail

The entire mountain trail to the church at the top from the ground level is made throughout the thick forest region. The pathway, from both sides, is surrounded by dense forest and is full of massive rocks and trees. Way of the cross stations is constructed at proper intervals on the path. Pilgrims and tourists pray and sing hymns at each of these stations in remembrance of the way Jesus carried the cross. Some also call St. Thomas's name while climbing and descending the mountain.

There is also a sufficient number of stalls and shops offering refreshments and meals, both at the base of the hill as well as on the top. There are also ample ones on the way to the top.

Kurisumudy
Kurisumudy is a mountain that is 1269 ft above sea level. It is known as a place visited by St. Thomas, the apostle of Jesus Christ who came to India. It was St. Thomas who came to our motherland, on the directive of Jesus to proclaim the Good News to the whole world. He took upon himself this order and travelled from Palestine to India with some traders and landed at Kodungalloor in AD 52. During his 20 years in India, he founded seven communities of believers namely, Kodungallor, Palayur, Paravur, Kokomangalam, Chayal, Kollam, and Niranam.

St. Thomas died a martyr's death in AD 72 at Mylappoor, in Tamil Nadu.


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