St. Thomas International Shrine, Malayattoor

#4 of 6 in Historic Sites in Ernakulam District
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  • The trek up is the most challenging. Only then i realised how weak i am.. for all those young and weak hearts like me, i would say get going. It took 1 hr and 10 mins for the trek up along with few st...  more »
  • Foot print of St.Thomas was there, unfortunately that marks have been remoulded with the cement. Peace of mind  more »
  • A sense of peace and calm pervades the atmosphere. The climb is a challenge but with prayer and fortitude you can reach on top. Plan your climb well. During the Lent the crowd would be more. A good ex...  more »
  • Malayatoor church was once very beautiful a 10-15 years back it was filled with trees and big Rocks.... The 2 km uphill was very difficult to climb.... Now the natural beauty of the place is being distroyrd.. I feel like it's commercialized... It's in the month of April most people visiting the place on Good Friday, Easter and the Next Sunday after Easter.
  • The St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Malayattoor (or Malayatoor Church) is one of the most prominent Christian pilgrim centers in the Malayattoor Angamaly, Ernakulam district of Kerala, India. The Malayatoor Church attracts a large number of devotees from not just Kerala, but from all over India. St. Thomas the Apostle was the one who took initiative to begin Christian community in Kerala later found . He also set up the church here which has been designated by the Vatican as one among the eight International shrines in the world. It is believed that St. Thomas held prayer at this church when he landed in Kerala. The hilltop church is located 15 km away from the town of Kalady. Malayatoor and Kodanad villages are located on the opposite banks of the Periyar river with unspoiled and rustic views of the surroundings. St. Thomas is believed to have landed in KERALA at Kodungallur (Cranganore) in AD 52. Oral tradition says that while travelling through Malayattor, faced with hostile natives, he fled to the hilltop where he said to have remained in prayer and that he left his footprint on one of the rocks. According to beliefs, during prayer, he touched a rock, upon which blood poured from it. The chief festival is on the first Sunday after Easter. It is traditionally believed that St. Thomas used to make the Sign of the Crosson the rock, kiss it and pray at Kurisumudi. The story has it that a miraculous golden cross appeared at that particular spot. Pilgrims going up the hill to call out incessantly "Ponnum Kurishu Muthappo, Ponmala Kayattom", meaning "''O Patriarch of the Golden Cross! Climb we shall, this golden hill!''" This Shrine was promoted to Archdiocesanstatus by Major Archbishop Mar Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil on 4 September 1998. There is also a very ancient Church in the name of St Thomas (Estd. 900) at Malayattoor on the bank of Periyar Riverwhich serves as the parish Church at present. The annual festival of this church is known as 'Malayatoor Perunal' and it is celebrated in the months of March–April.
  • Before one starts the journey to Kurishumudy, people pray here. Statues of St. Thomas the Apostle, Mother Mary, Joseph, Jesus... Not recommended for small children and old people. The climb is very tough. It's better to pray at the base and go away. On the way up all taps are dry, no shops or eateries, it's a real torture for the feeble. It takes 1.5 hours to cover the more than 1 km climb uphill. It's tougher getting downhill. The lake at the base is good and scenic but not good for boating.
  • Its an exciting experience to climb the uphill and reach the sacred place on the top and offer prayers.Return to the down hill is easier than climbing.
  • First international pilgrim center in kerala. I would suggest you guys to visit here in off peak season. From Aug to Feb every year. Otherwise it's too crowded.

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