Here faith seeps out of antiquity embracing a grand tradition of eleven centuries. Gleaming in historical significance and exquisite architecture St. Mary’s Forane Church was blessed on 15th August 835 C.E. Dedicated to St. Mary, this church is a renowned pilgrim church of St. Sebastian. The church boasts of a grand historical legacy with its collection of objects like the Granite cross, Altar, Bells, Articles used in the Holy Mass etc. carved in granite, wood metal and ivory. These objects are of anthropological and historical interest.
Legend says that the statue of St. Sebastian installed here was brought to Kerala from Portugal. Started in the year 1647 the feast of St. Sebastian attracts thousands of devotees to the church. The statue of St. Sebastian is taken out for public veneration during the festival days. The procession, as part of the festival, is a confluence of spiritual exercises and spectacular events. The dazzling display of fireworks, the music of different band groups, beaded ornate umbrellas, different types of crosses made of gold, silver, bronze, and wood etc. make the procession an event much admired by scores of people.
Festival Date: 19-25 January