Thursday, February 11, 2016

Manjanikkara Perunnal

Manjanikkara  Syrian Orthodox Church  is a famous pilgrimage center situated atop a hillock at Manjanikkara in Omallur of Pathanamthitta District.
This Church  is very popular in Kerala and visited by large number of devotees and tourists every year.It is in this Church that the mortal remains of Patriarch Saint Mar Ignatius Elias III are kept.He was the Holy Patriarch and the Head of the Syrian Orthodox Church from 1917 to 1932.The Holy Patriarch visited this place in 1931 and stayed here until his last breath in 1932.He died on February 13, 1932 and his Holy tomb is in this Church.
The annual Festival of this Church is held in February every year which is known as 'Orma Perunnal' (which is the Annual Feast')  and usually starts on 4th February on wards .During the festival days large number of devotees and tourists arrive here and several of them come by walking in groups and it is famous as 'Manjanikkara Pilgrimage'.
During these days large gatherings attend the festivity programs,devotional meetings and special prayers.The most significant day of the 'Feast' will be 13th February.Devotees also visits the Saint's tomb for His blessings and spiritual healing.
Manjanikkara is 6 km from Pathanamthitta, the Distirct Headquarters.
The nearest Railway Stations are  Chengannur, which is 24 km, Thiruvalla 30 km and nearest Airport is Trivandrum Int'l Airport which is 106 km away.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for such an informative article !!

    Keep up the good work :)