St. Mary's Forane Church of Athirampuzha is a world renowned church built in the 9th century. Located in the Kottayam district of Kerala, this pilgrim center is dedicated to Virgin Mary. The land where the church is located was donated by a Brahmin family as their gratitude to get a male heir on their prayers to Virgin Mary. The statue of St. Sebastian at this church was brought in 1687 by a Portuguese sailor named Leonard D'Cruz. This church is one of the largest parishes in the state with more than 2500 families.
The annual feast of this church celebrated in honor of St. Sebastian is very famous. It is a big event for the devotees and locals as it is celebrated with illuminations and fireworks. Gold and silver arrows as votive offerings make this event unique from other festivals. This church is truly a center of Christian life in and around Central Kerala since the 9th century. St. Mary's Forane Church at Athirampuzha is located almost 8 kilometers away from the nearest Kottayam railway station. Cochin International Airport is around 56 kilometers away from this shrine. We, Tour My India give information about different Christian pilgrimage sites and ancient churches in Kerala and offer affordable travel packages for travelers. Choose the right package that suitable for your budget.