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St. Mary's Forane Church, Alappuzha

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St. Mary's church Kudamaloor is one of the ancient churches of the Syro-Malabar Rite. It is a Marian pilgrim center. It is situated 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) north of Kottayam town. "Alphonsa Bhavan" - the birthplace of Blessed Alphonsa is under this parish. Mannanam, a pilgrim center, where the tomb of Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara situates, is also under this parish.

The old church was built by King Chempakasserry on AD 1125. There is a legend associated with the establishment of this church. Once, the Chempakassery Rajah was about to start an important journey. When he entered into the cart, the horses stood stationary and many attempts failed to move them. The King had to postpone his journey. The King ordered the chief astrologer to find the reason behind his journey disruption. The astrologer found that the place where the horses stood was a battlefield. The King excavated the area and found many skeletons of many warriors. The King listened to the advice of the astrologer and he decided to establish a church and immigrated five Nasrani families namely, Mukkunkal, Chakkunkal, Palathunkal, Thekkedam and Vadakkedam and gave land and wealth these families. In addition, families like Alumkal, Thuruthumali, Perumali, Thayyil etc. also settled as a result of Christian immigration during the establishment of Kudamaloor church. Out of these families only traces of Mukkunkal and Thekkedam are around the Church of Kudamaloor and the rest all have disintegrated to various parts or have changed their family names after successive partitions, to worship . The present day Syrian Christians in this area are these immigrants.

The church is dedicated to " Mukthiamma" (Blessed Virgin Mary). The church used to have a pulpit built on a wooden elephant and the main beam is still decorated with elephant’s head; these features are very characteristic of the Hindu influence. The church is very famous for the rituals during the Holy week.
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  • Ancient church situated in the banks of river built in traditional style. one hour journey from Kottayam  more »
  • We visited this church from our trip on the backwaters which made a good contrast between all things water bound. It is one of the oldest Catholic churches in India and is the mother church of most of...  more »
  • I have visited here just before 6 days .The church is located in Pulincunno, Alappy. If you are coming from alappuzha. You have to take a diversion to right from Pullikkuttumma Junction. Pallikkuttumm...  more »
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  • The must important fest of the church which is St.Sebastian's. Now there is a wonderful Rosary garden in this church and I'M PROUD OF MY CHURCH
  • Very good place for spiritual development
  • I am very proud to say am residing in athirampuzha and my church is a famous pilgrim center in kerala.
  • Graceful presence
  • One of the ancient churches and dedicated to St.Sebastian. The most important feast of the church is St.Sebastian's Feast which falls in the month of January