Parumala Perunnal
About The Festival

The Parumala Perunnal festival is an auspicious and famous festival which is dedicated to the Christian community. The Parumala Perunnal festival is celebrated in the famous Parumala Church situated in the Pathanamthitta District of Kerala. The festival continues for about a week with festivities in full swing. Parumala Perunnal is a feast which is held annually to commemorate the Bishop Mar Gregorios Metropolitan’s death anniversary, the canonized saint of the Malankara Orthodox Church of Kerala. The Bishop’s body remains are interred in the church. On the Orma Perunnal (also known as the commemoration day), special prayers are offered by devotees and pilgrims at the church. The bishop is once again buried in the church during this occasion. During the commemorative feast, devotees offer special prayers while various other rituals are performed.

Travel Tips

The nearest railway station would have to be located at Chengannur which is around10 kms away from Thiruvalla. The nearest airport to the town is the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, located around 125 kms away.

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The main festival day is celebrated with devotees offering special services and followed by well-attended colourful marches where followers take to the streets to celebrate the feast. Followers of the bishop gather from around the state and parts of the world at the church premises to celebrate this auspicious day. The bishop is interred in the church during the occasion. During the Orma Perunnal or memorial feast day, devotees offer special prayers while other rituals are performed. Followers from different parts of the state attend the festival. Just like all the other festivals held in Kerala, the church grounds are packed with vendors and stalls where they sell a range of food items, utensils and even jewellery. Cultural performances are held every evening and are attended by thousands of devotees.

Most Celebrated Places

The Parumala Perunnal is celebrated every year in the Parumala Church in the Pathanamthitta District of Kerala. However, devotees from different parts of the state and the world descend on this small town during the week-long celebrations.

How to Reach

Time Period

The festival is usually held anytime in April or May and is celebrated by devotees from all over the state.