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Parumala

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Parumala is a small village situated on the eponymous island on the Pampa river, which is in the area Pathanamthitta in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The town is primarily famous for its Christian shrines. So on its territory there are the Syrian Orthodox Church, as well as Parumala Thirumeni - Tomb of St. Gregory, one of the most revered Christian saints of India, which is located on the territory of the Orthodox Indian Church Malankara. In Parumala annually, the first and second of November, held a religious festival Imperina, which attracts huge number of pilgrims from all over the world.

The greatest attraction of the town is, of course, the building of the Syro-Malankara Church, an independent Eastern Orthodox Church, which was created by the Indian Christian community of St. Thomas, which was organized in the first century. In the Church uses the East Syrian rite, because the Eastern Assyrian Church, until the fifteenth century, was sent to Kerala with his metropolitans and bishops. But, after the intervention of the Portuguese, the Church gradually romanized as, which led to serious disagreements within the community, which continued for many centuries, and only in the XX century, namely in 1930, the Syro-Malankara Church was finally formed, joining the Catholic Rome. In 2005, the organization received the official status of major Archbishopric.

The building of the Church is a rounded snow-white, futuristic building, surmounted by a large cross, and decorated Windows in the shape of pigeons. Its diameter is about 39 meters and it can accommodate up to 2,000 parishioners. The Foundation of this Church was laid in 1995 on the site of the old building, which was built a hundred years earlier - in 1895.