Venue: Malayattoor Church
Picture this. Thousands of devotees immersed in prayers carrying wooden crosses of different sizes and ambling up a hill; a whole village getting decked up and readying itself to welcome these pilgrims. This striking sight can be witnessed at the St. Thomas Church located at Malayattoor when it bears witness to Malayattoor Perunnal. Celebrated in the month of April, Malayattoor Perunnal or the Malayattoor Feast falls on the Sunday after Easter.
It is believed that St. Thomas, one of the ten apostles of Jesus Christ, had landed on the Kerala coast at Muziris, Kodungalloor Port in 52 C.E. and that he built the Malayattoor Church. It is said that he retreated to the hills of Malayattoor and prayed.
The Golden Cross at Kurishumudi is believed to have formed when St. Thomas knelt on a rock and signed a cross with his finger. Another intriguing sight at the hill is the permanent footprint and the marks of knees imprinted on the rock which is believed to be that of St. Thomas.
This hill shrine has over time emerged as one of the most famous and largest pilgrim centres in the name of St. Thomas in India and thousands of devotees congregate here to get his blessings.
In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.