MORTH SHMOONI St.MARY MORTHA YULITHI ST.THOMAS ST.GEEVARGHES MAR GREGORIOUS OF PARUMALAST.VATTASSERIL GEEVARGHESE DIONYSIUSST. BAHANANHIS GRACE KURIAKOSE MAR GREGORIOUS OF PAMPADY

ST.GEORGE ORTHODOX CHURCH , PUTHUPPALLY
( PUTHUPPALLY PALLY )
GEORGIAN PILGRIM CENTRE OF THE EAST

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HISTORY

This ancient church renowned all over the world as "PUTHUPPALLY PALLY" or "PUTHUPPALLY VALIYAPALLY" situated on the eastern bank of the rivulet Kodoorar and beside the Puthuppally-Changancherry road about a kilometer away from Puthuppally junction was rebuilt, expanded or renovated five times during the past four and half centuries of its existence.

It was originally built as a "kochu pally" (Chapel) in the name of St.Mary in AD 1557 near Vazhakulam Hindu temple on a hillock which later came to be known as Kochupallikunnu. Eight decades later in AD 1640 it was shifted and rebuilt in the name of Mar Bahanan Sahada at Elamthuruthi Kunnu, the present location.

A century and a decade afterwards in AD 1750 the church was rebuilt in the name of St.George, retaining the main portions of Mar Bahanan Church. This church rose to glory and fame as a centre of solace in the succeeding 250 years by the grace of God and the blessings of St.Mary, St.Bahanan and St.George.

The church was rebuilt and consecrated in AD 2003 transforming it into a composite shrine of three churches. The church of St.George was retained and the verandas on either side of it were replaced by a chapel in the name of St.Mary on the north side and a chapel in the name of St.Bahanan on the south side. It was a marvelous idea by which the St.Mary’s chapel of 1557 and St.Bahanan’s church of 1640 were revived and rebuilt on either side of St.George’s church of 1750.

The main altar of St.George church is in the name of St.George and those on the left and right are in the names of St.Thomas and St.Gregorious of Parumala respectively. The main altar of St.Mary’s chapel is in the name of St.Mary and those on the left and right are respectively are in the names of Morth Shmooni and Mortha Yulithi.

The main altar of St.Bahanan’s chapel is in the name of St.Bahanan and those on the left and right are respectively in the names of St.Vattasseril Geevarghese Dionysius and His Grace Kuriakose Mar Gregorious of Pampady. Thus there is the presence and blessings of nine intercessors in the new shrine. Devotees throng the shrine irrespective of religion, caste and creed, to make their supplications before St.George who never fails to respond.

Thousands visit the church throughout the year and particularly during the feast of St.George, including the 10 days preceding and succeeding it.

The present shrine was declared as the "GEORGIAN PILGRIM CENTRE OF THE EAST" by His Holiness Baselious Didymus-I Catholicos of the East in the year AD 2007.

 
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PUTHUPPALLY PERUNAL (THE FEAST OF ST.GEORGE)

"KODIYET" (FLAG HOISTING):-
Ten days before the feast two arecanut palm flag masts, one each from Puthuppally and Ericadu hamlets are brought to Puthuppally junction and; from there they are carried to the church in a ceremonial procession by a large crowd of all hues with traditional orchestral accompaniments. Both the flag masts are erected in front of the church; the flags are blessed and hoisted by the priest and hailed by the large crowd present. The next ten days are very hectic. "Chendamelam" (traditional orchestral drum beatings), "Kathinaveddi" (native cannon shots) at the foot of the flag masts, daily morning Qurbana (the holy mass), "Sandhyanamaskaram" (evening prayers) in the church and; in between, other allied programs in the church premise are the salient feature during these days.


"VIRAKIDEEL" (FIRE WOOD COLLECTION & PROCESSION), "VECHOOT" (MASS LUNCHEON) AND "NERCHA VILAMPU" (OFFERINGS DISTRIBUTION)
Thousands participate in the main feast on 7th May. After the holy mass, it is customary to provide meals to the devotees (Vechoot). Devotees bring children on this day for their first rice feed at the hands of priests (Adya choroonu). After "Raza" (cermonial procession) in the afternoon "Nercha Vilampu" (rice flour bread and chicken distribution) is done. As per age old practice devotees bring live fowls as offerings particularly during this feast. Chicken is prepared out of the same and served along with the appam brought as offerings by the devotees.
Fire wood for preparation of the above items is offered and collected from Puthuppally and Ericadu hamlets and brought in ceremonial procession to the church exactly in the same way as the flag masts are brought. This is known as "Virakideel". The cooking starts in the early hours of the main feast day.


"RAZA" (CEREMONIAL PROCESSION)

The gold cross is taken out and after traditional prayers and rites; it is placed on the main altar after holy mass on 6th May. On the same day evening processions from the "Kurisin Thotty" (Cross Towers) at Kochalummoodu and Parackal Kadavu proceed towards Puthuppally church and reach there at about 8:00 PM. From there a larger procession of devotees carrying Wooden cross, Gold cross, Silver crosses, Muthukudas (Artistic umbrellas), Flags, Lit up candles etc with traditional orchestral accompaniments is taken out. The procession passes through Kuttenchirapaddy, Nilackal pallypaddy and reaches the "Kurisin Thotty" at Puthuppally junction, where prayers are held, reaches Puthuppally pally at about 09:00 PM and ends up with prayers and blessing. It is worthwhile to mention that during the above procession, the people of all hues and creeds enroute greet it in front of their houses / shops with lit up wick lamps and candles before an intercessor’s photo and; they are blessed by the main priest in the procession.


"DEEPA KAZHCHA" (LIGHT DISPLAY) AND "KARIMARUNNU PRAYOGAM" (FIRE WORKS)
The paddy fields in front of the church are usually flooded in May. Thousands of wick lamps are lit up and floated in coconut shells in these waters on the evening of May 6th before the processions. It is like a galaxy on water.

The feast ends up with display of fire works soon after the procession. The fire work is a grand display of light, sound and colour enjoyed by thousands of devotees.

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